I’m always a sucker for the underdog, the one nobody – except God – ever sees coming.

Like young David and Goliath, the giant.

Like stuttering Moses leading his people out of slavery.

Like a recovering alcoholic preaching the good news every week that God loves us, saints and sinners.

Photo provided by Nadia Bolz-Weber

That preacher, the Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, will speak in Rochester on Sept. 12 as part of the Christ’s Love in Action speaker series. Officially, she’s talking about using technology to reach out to young people. Unofficially she’s hoping to challenge assumptions. About the way we welcome people. About the way we package Christianity and try to entice people to buy our brand. Even about the way we arrange our pews.

I’ll be there, and I’ll be covering her 7 p.m. talk via Twitter. You can follow me @MarkettaGregory or search for #RocNadia. Or, better yet, join me at Asbury First United Methodist, 1050 East Ave. Tickets are $10 and you can buy them at www.ChristsLoveInAction.org.

Even if, like me, you’re a bit more conservative, I think you’ll find value in what she has to share.

 

More about Pastor Nadia

Nadia Bolz-Weber is the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, an ELCA mission church in Denver. She’s a leading voice in the emerging church movement and her writing can be found in The Christian Century and Jim Wallis’ God’s Politics blog. She is author of “Salvation on the Small Screen? 24 Hours of Christian Television” and the Sarcastic Lutheran blog.

To read some of her sermons, visit: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/

My favorite sermon, though, is this one about showing up when people are in need, about standing with people: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nadiabolzweber/2012/07/sermon-about-mary-magdalen-the-masacre-in-our-town-and-defiant-alleluias/

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Her book – where she watches 24 hours of Christian TV – is insightful, funny and respectful. You can find it here:  http://www.amazon.com/Salvation-Small-Screen-Christian-Television/dp/1596270861/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345766791&sr=8-1&keywords=nadia+bolz-weber

Interested in her tattoos? Here’s an article that explains their religious significance: http://www.patheos.com/Resources/Additional-Resources/Tattoo-Faith.html

And, if you’d like a sense of what her presentations are like, watch this video from New Orleans. Be sure to watch the last few minutes. They are my favorite part. I love how she talks about God using not just our gifts but our flaws. Trust me. It’s good.

 

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