Have you heard of Nadia Bolz-Weber? You have now. And now that you have, you won’t forget her. She’s a Lutheran pastor in Denver who has a unique journey to faith and an even more unique way of drawing others into a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ. I have attached her picture. She doesn’t look like a typical pastor. And I have attached a “Washington Post” article to help you get to know her. She will make some of you uncomfortable, but there can be no mistake. She is reaching a lot of people our traditional churches have succeeded in alienating and driving away.
I was surprised to learn that First Baptist Church in Madison, Wisconsin recently extended her a preaching invitation. “Nadia Bolz-Weber” and “First Baptist Church” do not seem to belong together in the same sentence. I would say they have a very brave pastor. Following her sermon, she engaged the congregation in conversation. One woman spoke through her tears. She said she wasn’t able to forgive herself because she had been told so many times she was unforgivable. Nadia Bolz-Weber responded:
Maybe for as many times as you’ve been told that, you need to hear that God is gracious and merciful, and slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and loves you as you are. And as a called and ordained minister of the church of Christ, and by Christ’s authority, I declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins.
The congregation, a Baptist congregation mind you, responded with a resounding “Amen!”
Or go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/
and type in: Nadia Bolz-Weber in their search window and then scroll down to “Bolz-Weber’s liberal, foulmouthed articulation of Christianity speaks to fed-up believers”.