Nadia Bolz-Weber Famous Quotes & Sayings

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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: This is our God. Not a distant judge nor a sadist, but a God who This is our God. Not a distant judge nor a sadist, but a God who weeps. A God who suffers, not only for us, but with us. Nowhere is the presence of God amidst suffering more salient than on the cross. Therefore what can I do but confess that this is not a God who causes suffering. This is a God who bears suffering. I need to believe that God does not initiate suffering; God transforms it.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Church isn't perfect. It's practice. Church isn't perfect. It's practice.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Religion can be a way to hide, numb, or even entertain ourselves like a spiritual Religion can be a way to hide, numb, or even entertain ourselves like a spiritual Candy Crush, either through the comforting blandness and predictability of mainline Protestantism or through the temporary lifting of our spirits and hands in Evangelical worship. Of course, there are many ways of pretending shit ain't broke in ourselves and in the world, but escapist religion is a classic option, and churches have seemed to turn into places where we have endless opportunities to pretend everything is fine.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: But inevitably, when I can't harm the people who harmed me, I just end up But inevitably, when I can't harm the people who harmed me, I just end up harming the people who love me. So maybe retaliation or holding on to anger about the harm done to me doesn't actually combat evil. Maybe it feeds it. In the end, if we're not careful, we can actually absorb the worst of our enemy and on some level even become them.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: On some level, although we can't handle the pain of acknowledging it, Good Friday happens On some level, although we can't handle the pain of acknowledging it, Good Friday happens every day.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: When the forces that seek to defy God whisper if in our ears - if When the forces that seek to defy God whisper if in our ears - if God really loved me, I wouldn't feel like this ... If I really am beloved, then I should have everything I want ... if I really belong to God, things in my life wouldn't suck - to remember that God has named us and claimed us as God's own. When what seems to be depression or compulsive eating or narcissism or despair or discouragement or resentment or isolation takes over, try picturing it as a vulnerable and desperate force seeking to defy God's grace and mercy in your life. And then tell it to piss off and say defiantly to it, "I am baptized" or "I am God's," because nothing else gets to tell you who you are.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: God was never about making me spiffy; God was about making me new.New doesn't always God was never about making me spiffy; God was about making me new.
New doesn't always look perfect. Like the Easter story itself, new is often messy. New looks like recovering alcoholics. New looks like reconciliation between family members who don't actually deserve it. New looks like every time I manage to admit I was wrong and every time I manage to not mention when I'm right. New looks like every fresh start and every act of forgiveness and every moment of letting go of what we thought we couldn't live without and then somehow living without it anyway. New is the thing we never saw coming- never even hoped for- but ends up being what we needed all along.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: As I wrote in Pastrix I, like any good middle-class mainline Protestant, tend to arrogantly As I wrote in Pastrix I, like any good middle-class mainline Protestant, tend to arrogantly look down my theological nose at talk of demon possession as superstitious snake-handling nonsense, as though it's the spiritual equivalent of a monster truck rally.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: But the only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone But the only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we're uncool.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Many of us would pray not to die in a car crash before we were Many of us would pray not to die in a car crash before we were baptized, like other people pray to not get sick before their employee benefits kick in.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: I've never fully understood how Christianity became quite so tame and respectable, given its origins I've never fully understood how Christianity became quite so tame and respectable, given its origins among drunkards, prostitutes, and tax collectors.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: And always, always, it is worth it to sing alleluia in defiance of the devil, And always, always, it is worth it to sing alleluia in defiance of the devil, who surely hates the sound of it.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: But at the time I didn't know that it would take more to escape black-and-white But at the time I didn't know that it would take more to escape black-and-white thinking than just no longer attending your parents' church. The church had provided me a sorting system, which was now ingrained. It had containers into which every person and idea and event was to be placed.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: And the Word that had most recently come from the mouth of God was, "This And the Word that had most recently come from the mouth of God was, "This is my beloved in whom I am well pleased." Identity. It's always God's first move. Before we do anything wrong and before we do anything right, God has named and claimed us as God's own. But almost immediately, other things try to tell us who we are and to whom we belong: capitalism, the weight-loss industrial complex, our parents, kids at school - they all have a go at telling us who we are. But only God can do that. Everything else is temptation.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The Bible is not God. The Bible is simply the cradle that holds Christ. Anything The Bible is not God. The Bible is simply the cradle that holds Christ. Anything in the Bible that does not hold up to the Gospel of Jesus Christ simply does not have the same authority.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: There are times when I hear my name, turn, and recognize Jesus. There are times There are times when I hear my name, turn, and recognize Jesus. There are times when faith feels like a friendship with God. But there are many other times when it feels more adversarial or even vacant. Yet none of that matters in the end. How we feel about Jesus or how close we feel to God is meaningless next to how God acts upon us. How God indeed enters into our messy lives and loves us through them, whether we want God's help or not. And how, even after we've experienced some sort of resurrection, it's never perfect or impressive like an Easter bonnet, because, like Jesus, resurrected bodies are always in rough shape.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: As a teenager, I began to question the Great Christian Sorting System. My gay friends As a teenager, I began to question the Great Christian Sorting System. My gay friends in high school were kind and funny and loved me, so I suspected that my church had placed them in the wrong category ... Injustices in the world needed to be addressed and not ignored. Christians weren't good; people who fought for peace and justice were good. I had been lied to, and in my anger at being lied to about the containers, I left the church. But it turns out, I hadn't actually escaped the sorting system. I had just changed the labels.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Good Friday is not about us trying to "get right with God." It is about Good Friday is not about us trying to "get right with God." It is about us entering the difference between God and humanity and just touching it for a moment. Touching the shimmering sadness of humanity's insistence that we can be our own gods, that we can be pure and all-powerful.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: It's about how God continues to reach into the graves we dig for ourselves and It's about how God continues to reach into the graves we dig for ourselves and pull us out, giving us new life, in ways both dramatic and small.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: If becoming a person of faith were more like, say, receiving a personality transplant, life If becoming a person of faith were more like, say, receiving a personality transplant, life would be easier.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: It would seem that when we are sinned against, when someone else does us harm, It would seem that when we are sinned against, when someone else does us harm, we are in some way linked to that sin, connected to that mistreatment like a chain. And our anger, fear, or resentment doesn't free us at all. It just keeps us chained.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The adjective so often coupled with mercy is the word tender, but God's mercy is The adjective so often coupled with mercy is the word tender, but God's mercy is not tender; this mercy is a blunt instrument. Mercy doesn't wrap a warm, limp blanket around offenders. God's mercy is the kind that kills the thing that wronged it and resurrects something new in its place.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Identity. It's always God's first move. Before we do anything wrong and before we do Identity. It's always God's first move. Before we do anything wrong and before we do anything right, God has named and claimed us as God's own.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: I knew Catholics existed, with their saints and candles and rosaries, and all their other I knew Catholics existed, with their saints and candles and rosaries, and all their other exotic ways of being wrong.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Whenever people annoy me beyond reason, I can guarantee it's because they're demonstrating something I'd Whenever people annoy me beyond reason, I can guarantee it's because they're demonstrating something I'd rather not see in myself.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: I told them that when I heard Billy was bright, an artist and musician, and I told them that when I heard Billy was bright, an artist and musician, and when I heard that he loved his family and loved people through difficulty in relationships, and when I heard that he struggled with heroin and booze addictions and an unhelpful brain chemistry, and when I heard that he was beautifully queer and passionate and sometimes played piano in his sister's dresses, I knew. I knew that Billy was pretty much exactly the kind of person Jesus would hang out with.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: the thing that sucks is that every time we draw a line between us and the thing that sucks is that every time we draw a line between us and others, Jesus is always on the other side of it.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: In the story, the eunuch was riding along the desert road in his chariot reading In the story, the eunuch was riding along the desert road in his chariot reading Isaiah, and he was returning from Jerusalem having gone there to worship. But I started to wonder if he was also familiar with Deuteronomy, specifically 23:1, which says, No one whose testicles are cut off or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the Lord. (Why John 3:16 is the most popular verse in the Bible and not Deuteronomy 23:1 is beyond me.)
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: How is it that Judas, who betrayed Jesus once and was filled with remorse, became How is it that Judas, who betrayed Jesus once and was filled with remorse, became the villain, while Peter, who denied Jesus three times and wept bitterly, became the rock on which the church was built? When it comes down to it, what is the difference between Peter and Judas? Well, maybe nothing. And maybe there's not a whole lot of difference between us and them too.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Sin is the self curved in on the self. Sin is the self curved in on the self.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The Bible had been the weapon of choice in the spiritual gladiatorial arena of my The Bible had been the weapon of choice in the spiritual gladiatorial arena of my youth. I knew how, wielded with intent and precision, the Bible can cut deeply, while on the one holding it can claim with impunity that this is from God.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: On All Saints' Sunday, I am faced with sticky ambiguities around saints who were bad On All Saints' Sunday, I am faced with sticky ambiguities around saints who were bad and sinners who were good.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Oh hey, God told me to tell you something: Get over yourself. Oh hey, God told me to tell you something: Get over yourself.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: God, please help me not be an asshole, is about as common a prayer as God, please help me not be an asshole, is about as common a prayer as I pray in my life.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The beauty of our sky is really just a nice way for the earth to The beauty of our sky is really just a nice way for the earth to protect us from the terror of what's so vast and unknowable beyond. The boundlessness of the universe is disturbing when you think about it. It's too big and we're too small.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Of course if no one had ever been exposed to dangerous ideas from scandalous women, Of course if no one had ever been exposed to dangerous ideas from scandalous women, Christianity itself would not have had its unique beginning nor its glorious history, but whatever.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: We have to hear again and again who God is for us and what God We have to hear again and again who God is for us and what God has done on our behalf. We must free each other from bondage through our confession and forgiveness.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Getting closer to God might mean getting told to love someone I don't even like, Getting closer to God might mean getting told to love someone I don't even like, or to give away even more of my money. It might mean letting some idea or dream that is dear to me get ripped away.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The crucifixion portrayed on our show was undertaken by the son of God, a trained The crucifixion portrayed on our show was undertaken by the son of God, a trained professional. Do not try to crucify yourself at home.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: And then he went from Saul to Paul, from being the best at being a And then he went from Saul to Paul, from being the best at being a Jew to being the best at being a Christian. Only, at some point he realized that no one could really pull that off. That's when Paul finally understood grace.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: So if God's first move is to give us our identity, then the devil's first So if God's first move is to give us our identity, then the devil's first move is to throw that identity into question. Identity is like the tip of a spool of thread, which when pulled, can unwind the whole
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: And I get it. I can be cynical myself. Every time I see some smiley And I get it. I can be cynical myself. Every time I see some smiley TV preacher talk about God's plan for me or hear Sarah Palin say something irretrievably mean and stupid about poor people, or every time I pass an embarrassing billboard featuring Jesus and a fetus, I totally get why reasonable people would keep their distance.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Matthew once said to me, after one of my more finely worded rants about stupid Matthew once said to me, after one of my more finely worded rants about stupid people who have the wrong opinions, "Nadia, the thing that sucks is that every time we draw a line between us and others, Jesus is always on the other side of it." Damn.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Good Friday is a stark and unapologetic display of remorse. Remorse for the way in Good Friday is a stark and unapologetic display of remorse. Remorse for the way in which humanity kills ourselves and the creation and love and God him/herself.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: But I cannot pretend, as much as sometimes I would like to, that I have But I cannot pretend, as much as sometimes I would like to, that I have not throughout my life experienced the redeeming, destabilizing love of a surprising God.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Jesus taught us to pray, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass Jesus taught us to pray, "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us" not forgive us and smite those bastards who hurt us.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: If the quality of my Christianity lies in my ability to be more inclusive than If the quality of my Christianity lies in my ability to be more inclusive than the next pastor, things get tricky because I will always, always encounter people - intersex people, Republicans, criminals, Ann Coulter, etc. - whom I don't want in the tent with me. Always. I only really want to be inclusive of some kinds of people and not of others.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: God is always present in love and in suffering. God is always present in love and in suffering.
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Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: We met the next day for coffee and when I asked her what was up We met the next day for coffee and when I asked her what was up she said, "I think I'm having a crisis of faith." To which I thought, what the hell does that look like for a Unitarian? "Yeah," she continued, "I-I think I believe in Jesus." Oh. That's what it looks like.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Sometimes the fact that there is nothing about you that makes you the right person Sometimes the fact that there is nothing about you that makes you the right person to do something is exactly what God is looking for.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: We bring the holy things of the church onto the holy streets of the city We bring the holy things of the church onto the holy streets of the city because on some level, the violence and despair of Good Friday is still a human reality. Unfortunately, we've never lacked an opportunity to pay such a visit.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: It was in those first couple months that I fell in love with liturgy, the It was in those first couple months that I fell in love with liturgy, the ancient pattern of worship shared mainly in the Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox, and Episcopal churches. It felt like a gift that had been caretaken by generations of the faithful and handed to us to live out and caretake and hand off. Like a stream that has flowed long before us and will continue long after us. A stream that we get to swim in, so that we, like those who came before us, can be immersed in language of truth and promise and grace. Something about the liturgy was simultaneously destabilizing and centering; my individualism subverted by being joined to other people through God to find who I was. Somehow it happened through God. One specific, divine force.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: There's not enough wrong with it to leave and there's just enough wrong with it There's not enough wrong with it to leave and there's just enough wrong with it to stay," Matthew later told me. "Fight to change it.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: This was the bonus to liberal Christianity: I could use my reason and believe at This was the bonus to liberal Christianity: I could use my reason and believe at the same time.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Australia seems like a really faraway Canada, just with funnier animals. Australia seems like a really faraway Canada, just with funnier animals.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Mean, if Jesus was vulnerable to temptation, the rest of us certainly are, whether it Mean, if Jesus was vulnerable to temptation, the rest of us certainly are, whether it be temptation to self-loathing or self-aggrandizement, depression or pride, self-destruction or self-indulgence. We are tempted to doubt our innate value precisely to the degree that we are insecure about our identity from, and our relationship to, God.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The eunuch sought God despite the fact that he had heard that there was no The eunuch sought God despite the fact that he had heard that there was no love for him there.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Truth. It can make me hate the person speaking it. Until the point at which Truth. It can make me hate the person speaking it. Until the point at which I want to kiss them for setting me free.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Fear not, brothers and sisters, God, who is full of grace and abounding in steadfast Fear not, brothers and sisters, God, who is full of grace and abounding in steadfast love, meets us in our sin and transforms us for God's glory and the healing of God's world. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, your sins are forgiven, be now at peace.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: I say no when I should say yes. I say yes when I should say I say no when I should say yes. I say yes when I should say no. I stumble into holy moments not realizing where I am until they are over. I love poorly, then accidently say the right thing at the right moment without even realizing it, then forget what matters, then show tenderness when it's needed, and then turn around and think of myself way too often.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The last shall be first and the first shall be last. This is exactly, when The last shall be first and the first shall be last. This is exactly, when it comes down to it, why most people do not believe in grace. It is fucking offensive.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Every time I go look for God amidst sorrow, I always find Jesus at the Every time I go look for God amidst sorrow, I always find Jesus at the cross, in death and resurrection. This is our God.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: I need a God who is bigger and more nimble and mysterious than what I I need a God who is bigger and more nimble and mysterious than what I could understand and contrive. Otherwise it can feel like I am worshipping nothing more than my own ability to understand the divine.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Trying to prove scientifically the historical accuracy of events in the Bible is to faith Trying to prove scientifically the historical accuracy of events in the Bible is to faith what having your spouse under twenty-four-hour video surveillance is to marital trust.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: There's something about courting the darkness that makes some people see the truth in raw, There's something about courting the darkness that makes some people see the truth in raw, twisted ways, as though they were shining a black light on life to illuminate the absurdity of it all. Comics tell you a truth you can only see from the underside of the psyche. At its best, comedy is prophesy and societal dream interpretation. At its worst it's just dick jokes.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: People don't talk enough about what the freedom of a Christian looks like. People don't talk enough about what the freedom of a Christian looks like.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: We want to go to God for answers, but sometimes what we get is God's We want to go to God for answers, but sometimes what we get is God's presence.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: He said that there would be more information available in the narthex. I leaned over He said that there would be more information available in the narthex. I leaned over to Matthew and whispered, The Narthex? Isn't that a Dr. Suess character that speaks for the trees??
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: There was something about hearing it that was so different than just imagining it to There was something about hearing it that was so different than just imagining it to be true. To hear I was loved meant something very particular because of the context in which I heard it, as though Jay was saying, "You are a mess, and you are loved. You have a little issue with anger, and you are loved. I've not even known you that long, and you are loved. You think you are going through this alone but you are wrong, and you are loved. The thing you are experiencing right now seems so big, but what is bigger is that you are loved." This, like hearing you are forgiven, is something we need each other for.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Forgiveness is a big deal to Jesus, and like that guy in high school with Forgiveness is a big deal to Jesus, and like that guy in high school with a garage band, he talks about it, like, all the time.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: What happens at the cross is a "blessed exchange." God gathers up all our sin, What happens at the cross is a "blessed exchange." God gathers up all our sin, all our broken-ass junk, into God's own self and transforms all that death into life. Jesus takes our crap and exchanges it for his blessedness.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The image of God I was raised with was this: God is an angry bastard The image of God I was raised with was this: God is an angry bastard with a killer surveillance system who had to send his little boy (and he only had one) to suffer and die because I was bad. But the good news was that if I believed this story and then tried really hard to be good, when I died I would go to heaven, where I would live in a golden gated community with God and all the other people who believed and did the same things as I did ... this type of thinking portrays God as just as mean and selfish as we are, which feels like it has a lot more to do with our own greed and spite than it has to do with God.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: We weren't a ship of fools so much as a rowboat of idiots. We weren't a ship of fools so much as a rowboat of idiots.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: What they don't tell you when you get sober is that if you manage to What they don't tell you when you get sober is that if you manage to stay that way, you will bury your friends. Not everyone gets to have a whole new shiny-but-messy life like I have, and I've never come up with a satisfying explanation for why that is.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: I know that people who don't believe in God might scoff at the idea that I know that people who don't believe in God might scoff at the idea that the creator of the universe has the time or inclination to try incessantly (and with not much long-term success) to change my heart. I get it. I just have no other explanation.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Sometimes the best thing we can do for each other is talk honestly about being Sometimes the best thing we can do for each other is talk honestly about being wrong.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Repentance in Greek means something much closer to "thinking differently afterward" than it does "changing Repentance in Greek means something much closer to "thinking differently afterward" than it does "changing your cheating ways." Of course repentance can look like a prostitute becoming a librarian, but it can also look like a prostitute simply saying, "OK, I'm a sex worker and I don't know how to change that, but I can come here and receive bread and wine and I can hold onto the love of God without being deemed worthy of it by anyone but God.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Singing in the midst of evil is what it means to be disciples. Like Mary Singing in the midst of evil is what it means to be disciples. Like Mary Magdalene, the reason we stand and weep and listen for Jesus is because we, like Mary, are bearers of resurrection, we are made new. On the third day, Jesus rose again, and we do not need to be afraid. To sing to God amidst sorrow is to defiantly proclaim, like Mary Magdalene did to the apostles, and like my friend Don did at Dylan Klebold's funeral,t hat death is not the final word. To defiantly say, once again, that a light shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot, will not, shall not overcome it. And so, evil be damned, because even as we go to the grave, we still make our song alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: We often behave as though Jesus is only interested in saving and loving a romanticized We often behave as though Jesus is only interested in saving and loving a romanticized version of ourselves, or an idealized version of our mess of a world, and so we offer to him a version of our best selves. With our Sunday school shoes on, we sing songs about kings and drummers at his birth, perhaps so we can escape the Herod in ourselves and in the world around us. But we've lost the plot if we use religion as the place where we escape from difficult realities instead of as the place where those difficult realities are given meaning.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The fact is, we are all, at once, bearers of the gospel and receivers of The fact is, we are all, at once, bearers of the gospel and receivers of it. We meet the needs of others and have our needs met. And
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: It felt like a gift that had been caretaken by generations of the faithful and It felt like a gift that had been caretaken by generations of the faithful and handed to us to live out and caretake and hand off. Like a stream that has flowed long before us and will continue long after us.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The disciples' mistake was also my mistake: They forgot that they have a God who The disciples' mistake was also my mistake: They forgot that they have a God who created the universe out of "nothing," that can put flesh on dry bones "nothing," that can put life in a dusty womb "nothing." I mean, let's face it, "nothing" is God's favorite material to work with.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The movement in our relationship to God is always from God to us. Always. We The movement in our relationship to God is always from God to us. Always. We can't, through our piety or goodness, move closer to God. God is always coming near to us. Most especially in the Eucharist and in the stranger.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: I can only look at the seemingly limited space under the tent and think either I can only look at the seemingly limited space under the tent and think either it's my job to change people so they fit or it's my job to extend the roof so that they fit. Either way, it's misguided because it's not my tent. It's God's tent.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: this God, is revealed in Jesus Christ, who became flesh and walked among us full this God, is revealed in Jesus Christ, who became flesh and walked among us full of grace and truth and who is so for us and with us that he would go to the grave on our behalf - when
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Knowing all of this makes me love and hate Jesus at the same time. Because, Knowing all of this makes me love and hate Jesus at the same time. Because, when instead of contrasting good and evil, he contrasted truth and evil, I have to think about all the times I've substituted being good (or appearing to be good) for truth.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The week that the gospel text was that awesomely weird story of Jesus casting a The week that the gospel text was that awesomely weird story of Jesus casting a legion of demons out of a naked dude and into a herd of pigs, pigs who then threw themselves over a cliff and drowned in a lake? My pastor friend Heather posted the following question on my Facebook wall: Dear Pastor Nadia: how can I get on board with Jesus when so much pork was wasted in the lake? Signed: a bacon-loving Christian.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The life changing seems always bracketed by the mundane. The quotidian wrapped around the profound, The life changing seems always bracketed by the mundane. The quotidian wrapped around the profound, like plain brown paper concealing the emotional version of an improvised explosive device. Then, in a single interminable moment, when we discover the bomb, absolutely everything changes. But when we recall it from our now forever-changed lives, when we start with the plain brown wrapping, it looks like every other package, every other morning, every other walk.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Everything else is temptation. Everything else is temptation.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Maybe the Good Friday story is about how God would rather die than be in Maybe the Good Friday story is about how God would rather die than be in our sin-accounting business anymore.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: The holy things we need for healing and sustenance are almost always the same as The holy things we need for healing and sustenance are almost always the same as the ordinary things right in front of us.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: When these kinds of things happen in my life, things that are so clearly filled When these kinds of things happen in my life, things that are so clearly filled with more beauty or redemption or reconciliation than my cranky personality and stony heart could ever manufacture on their own, I just have no other explanation than this: God. Nadia Bolz-Weber
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: I realized that I had been called to proclaim the Gospel from the place where I realized that I had been called to proclaim the Gospel from the place where I am and proclaim where I am from the Gospel.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: From my father I heard only these words: "But you were born for such a From my father I heard only these words: "But you were born for such a day as this." He closed the book and my mother joined him in embracing me. They prayed over me and they gave me a blessing. And some blessings, like the one my conservative Christian parents gave to their soon-to-be-Lutheran pastor daughter who had put them through hell, are the kind of blessings that stay with you for the rest of your life. The kind you can't speak of without crying all over again.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: We had started out caring about each other, but in the end none of us We had started out caring about each other, but in the end none of us knew how to care for each other. But this experience taught me that a community based on the idea that everyone hates rules is, in the end, just as disappointing and oppressive as a community based on the ability to follow rules.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Those most qualified to speak the gospel are those who truly know how unqualified they Those most qualified to speak the gospel are those who truly know how unqualified they are to speak the gospel.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Jesus says, "Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me." He says, "The first Jesus says, "Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me." He says, "The first shall be last and the last shall be first," and infuriating things like "if you seek to find your life you will lose it but those who lose their life will find it." And every single time I die to something - my notions of my own specialness, my plans and desires for something to be a very particular way - every single time I fight it and yet every single time I discover more life and more freedom than if I had gotten what I wanted.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: God's grace is not defined as God being forgiving to us even though we sin. God's grace is not defined as God being forgiving to us even though we sin. Grace is when God is a source of wholeness, which makes up for my failings. My failings hurt me and others and even the planet, and God's grace to me is that my brokenness is not the final word ... it's that God makes beautiful things out of even my own shit. Grace isn't about God creating humans and flawed beings and then acting all hurt when we inevitably fail and then stepping in like the hero to grant us grace - like saying, "Oh, it's OK, I'll be the good guy and forgive you." It's God saying, "I love the world too much to let your sin define you and be the final word. I am a God who makes all things new.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Sometimes help comes from unexpected places. Sometimes help comes from unexpected places.
Nadia Bolz-Weber Sayings: Smiley TV preachers might tell you that following Jesus is about being good so that Smiley TV preachers might tell you that following Jesus is about being good so that God will bless you with cash and prizes, but really it's much more gruesome and meaningful. It's about spiritual physics. Something has to die for something new to live.