The Emerging Church

 

For the past 6-7 years I have been listening to the weekly podcast of interviewer Krista Tippet called "On Being".  It was previously known as "Speaking of Faith" and is broadcast weekly on National Public Radio (NPR).  Krista is brilliant in the way that she researches and selects guests who come from a very eclectic background.  If you prefer to have your spirituality and theology in a nice, neat black and white package then I would discourage you from listening.  There is so much that I am exploring including different pathways that can be found in Christianity and this program helps me with that exploration.

This morning I was listening to a program called "Seeing the Underside and Seeing God" where Ms. Tippet interviewed Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber from The House For All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado.  It was a fascinating discussion of her "emerging church" and it challenged many of my traditional thoughts about what church has been and what is relevant to the younger generation.  My 40 years as a believer has it's share of misguided, destructive, and poor examples of what it means to do church.  Ms. Bolz-Weber's perspective was refreshing, entertaining, outrageous, surprising and yet respectful of some of the traditions and foundational theology of the Lutheran church.  At the end of the day if I am in Denver on a Sunday I would love to check out The House For All Sinners and Saints and to meet their pastor.  It encouraged me, caused me to think deeply about how church should look and brought me to tears all at the same time.  I strongly encourage you to check out today's "On Being" at:

http://www.onbeing.org/program/nadia-bolz-weber-on-seeing-the-underside-...

John Hilliard

Leadership Connextions International