Why I love Ash Wednesday and Lent Part 1: Sin


Ash Wednesday is my favorite day of the church year and Lent is my favorite season.  Our culture has quite ruined Christmas and Easter with Santa and the Easter bunny and all the grotesque consumerism and made for TV specials behind all of it. But oddly nobody waits every year to watch the Ash Wednesday [Read More...]

My testimony at the Colorado Senate Judiciary hearing on civil unions


I was asked by the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado to testify in front of the senate judiciary committee on the issue of civil unions for GLBTQ couples.  Here it is. Thank you Madam Chair and members of the committee. My name is Pastor Nadia Bolz-weber.  I am ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and [Read More...]

Apparently HFASS is an example of the horrible things that go wrong when women become pastors


Yesterday afternoon I received an email from a friend of a friend who said that my name and church are being tossed around by some LCMS (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod – they don’t ordain women) types (again) as an example of all the horrible things that go wrong when women become pastors. Apparently  there are some [Read More...]

Sermon on Jesus’ Dream Team: Rank Fishermen, Demoniacs and Sick Old Ladies


  Click on link below to hear audio: Sermon on Jesus’ Dream Team: rank fishermen, demoniacs and sick old ladies Mark 1:29-34a 29As soon as they left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her [Read More...]

I love Jesus, But I Swear a Little: An Open Invitation to Unfriend Me on Facebook, Stop Following Me on Twitter and Discontinue Reading My Blog if You Need To.


If you are a Christian who takes offense at swear words or believes for some reason that clergy should never be cranky or irritated, then I am not the person for you to follow.  It’s ok.  You don’t actually need me. The entire publishing arm of the Christian Industrial Complex (I believe my friend Shane [Read More...]

Whose Church Is This? Mine, Yours, Theirs, or God’s?


House for all Sinners and Saints, the congregation I serve in Denver, Colorado, started with 8 people in my living room in the Fall of 2007. (I hereby proclaim the living room of a church planter to be the iconic equivalent to the garage of a tech start-up’s founder) Someone asked me early on what’s your [Read More...]

Are Gen Xers: the New Baby Boomers?

Me, in 1991

I recently realized that someday I too will be a baby boomer. It’s not that the year of my birth will mysteriously jump to 1959 but that culturally I will become (or realistically I have already become) that which I criticize. Complaining about Baby Boomers is a part time job for Gen Xers in church [Read More...]

Liturgical Naming Rite for a Transgender Church Member

This week one of my parishioners, Asher O’Callaghan wrote a post for the Fund for Theological Education about his experience as a transgender man at House for All Sinners and Saints.  You can read his lovely reflection here. After posting this link on Facebook and Twitter this morning  several people have asked to see what [Read More...]

Book Review: Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit by Paula Huston


  Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit by Paula Huston (Ave Maria Press:2101) Paula Huston suggests that humility is the key to Lenten practices and the grime hidden behind my otherwise clean refrigerator might, just might, be a metaphor for what is deep and hidden in my own spiritual life.  My first [Read More...]

Sermon on Psalm 139 and the Spirituality of Having a Human Body.

Epiphany 8A

This week a video went viral on the Internet. Not some cloyingly cute thing with kittens and not the Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus video.  It was much more disturbing than that.  No, this video was of American soldiers urinating on the dead bodies of supposed Taliban soldiers. Mohsin Naquvi, a director of [Read More...]