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Nadia Bolz-Weber gets some mainstream love

Nadia Bolz-Weber gets some mainstream love

Nadia Bolz-Weber, who has been the talk of folks who are looking for ways to made Christianity more compelling to young people who don’t trust the church, has finally caught the attention of the mainstream media.


Michelle Boorstein reports for The Washington Post:

A quick tour through her 44 years doesn’t seem likely to wind up here. It includes teen rebellion against her family’s fundamentalist Christianity, a nose dive into drug and alcohol addiction, a lifestyle of sleeping around and a stint doing stand-up in a grungy Denver comedy club. She is part of society’s outsiders, she writes in her memoir, its “underside dwellers .?.?. cynics, alcoholics and queers.”

Which is where — strangely enough — the match with her fans makes sense. The type of social liberals who typically fill the pews of mainline churches sometimes feel like outsiders if they are truly believing Christians; if they are people who really experience Jesus and his resurrection, even if they can’t explain it scientifically; if they are people who want to hear words from the Apostles in church, not Thich Nhat Hanh or Barack Obama.

In her body and her theology, Bolz-Weber represents a new, muscular form of liberal Christianity, one that merges the passion and life-changing fervor of evangelicalism with the commitment to inclusiveness and social justice of mainline Protestantism. She’s a tatted-up, foul-mouthed champion to people sick of being belittled as not Christian enough for the right or too Jesus-y for the left.

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tgflux

Here's another intriguing (and refreshing!) development:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/11/03/242301642/to-stave-off-decline-churches-attract-new-members-with-beer

;-p

"Pub Church": I like it!

JC Fisher

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John D

Perfectly stated for where I pray the Episcopal Church is moving.

John Donnelly

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Adam Wood

Woot.

>>The type of social liberals who typically fill the pews of mainline churches sometimes feel like outsiders if they are truly believing Christians; if they are people who really experience Jesus and his resurrection, even if they can’t explain it scientifically; if they are people who want to hear words from the Apostles in church, not Thich Nhat Hanh or Barack Obama.

All of my YES.

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