Nadia Bolz-Weber Talks Tattoos, Resurrection, and God's Disruption (video)

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 4:50am
Nadia Bolz-Weber Talks Tattoos, Resurrection, and God's Disruption (video)

Every so often, Krista's interviews should be seen as much as heard. Her conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of these essential moments.

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Trent Gilliss (@TrentGilliss),  Head of Content / Executive Editor for On Being
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"That's kind of creepy."

That was Nadia Bolz-Weber's off-the-cuff, comic response to Krista telling the tattooed Lutheran pastor that she's been following her for quite some time. Every so often, Krista's interviews should be seen as much as heard. Her conversation with Nadia Bolz-Weber is one of these essential moments. (Yes, I'm biased.)

Their energy is dynamic. The enthusiasm of the crowd, palpable. Humor and laughter fills the big-top tent and infuses the conversation. And, it's what didn't make it into the produced podcast that shouldn't be missed: an interruption, a disruption that usually is an event-killer. But, somehow, in the context of the Wild Goose Festival, it became a moment of opportunity and community bonding together through communal song. What's the song? Watch and see... and sing along.

This August our production crew traveled to the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. We arranged a series of interviews with many great thinkers, including the Indigo Girls, Brian McLaren, and other folks we've had on our "big list" of guests. Nadia Bolz-Weber was also one of them. She's the pastor of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, a church where a chocolate fountain, a blessing of the bicycles, and serious liturgy come together. She's a face of the Emerging Church. She's redefining what church is, with deep reverence for tradition.

This is the unedited, unabridged version of their interview, recorded with a live audience at the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina. And it's not to be missed.

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Played almost to the end, about 20 minutes, and stopped playing.

doesn't work for me either... and the link to the song to "sing along" goes nowhere :-(

IA lot of very thoughtful and thought provoking comments in this interview. One I have been thinking about is the faith of the community and the need for each other. When she says that when God does not give us too much to handle that the community sometimes carries us through (won't play for me either so I do not have exact words), it makes me think about the miracle of feeding the 5000. Wasn't it through the total and complete love of Jesus that their hearts were open and there was enough food to share for everyone to eat and still have surplus? We go to heaven together with our brothers and sisters caring for them and being carried by them.

Won't play for me either.

I couldn't get the Bortz-Weber video clip to play.

click "Vimeo" on the window and it will take you to the Vimeo site where the video should play - or go to this link:

I'm a 30 year old woman whose faith tradition is also Church of Christ. I bowed out of church life a few years ago after being greatly disheartened. This interview was a rare glimpse of joy and optimism that I desperately wanted. Thank you.

She's very engaging and entertaining, and I love it that she says her innovation needs to be grounded in tradition and she’s pro-participation and there is a need for a charismatic leader like herself to be tempered by the Lutheran structure. But thumb through her sermons on her blog, and her theology is quite standard. To me, she’s only changed the trappings of church. I see nothing “emerging” there.

I didn't watch the video but hearing this woman on NPR was profound. She completely rearranged the Jesus/God paradigm and I believe HER version of it. Her interpretation almost makes me think I could be a Christian, but alas, there are so many mean ones I can't join that club.
Her words particularly hit home when she said- there is something about everyone's life that feels out of control. That is true of everyone I know, including me, and it was deeply refreshing to hear she believes it's a commonly held experience.
My mind is bigger having heard this interview.

I am so disappointed in that every attempt to view the video of Nadia Bolz-Weber failed to play. Hopefully in the future this won't reoccur. It was a wonderful podcast to listen to.


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