House for All Sinners and Saints

  • House for All Sinners and Saints
    I am the mission developer for House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado. We are an urban liturgical community with a progressive yet deeply rooted theological imagination. Check out our site for more info.

Cafe Press store for HFASS merch

  • Buy House for All Sinners and Saints stuff!
    You can go to our Cafe Press store and buy t-shirts and other stuff with out Parchment with a nail at the top logo on the front - and "radical protestants; nailing sh*t to the church door since 1517" on the back.
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books and magazines i dig



  • Chris Enstad
    The blog of a dad, husband, Lutheran pastor, emerging, failing, conversing, confessing.
  • Ian Mobsby
    Ian is the Anglican Priest at Moot in London.
  • Matt Stone
    This is a great blog from Down Under which explores Christianity and religious pluralism
  • Luther Punk
    Like Ward Cleaver with tattoos
  • Ian Adams
    Ian is the priest of the MayBe community in Oxford...I think he's pretty stinkin' cool.
  • Rachael
    cool chick...check her out
  • MayBe
    This is a great emerging church community we spent time with in Oxford. Their website is well worth a look, especially the page "the spirit of MayBe"
  • Mad Priest
    If I'm the Sarcastic Lutheran, he's certainly the Sarcastic Anglican...
  • Steve Collins
    Steve's an interesting and articulate emerging church brit.
  • The Mercy Seat
    This is a really groovey new church plant in NorthEast Minneapolis, amazing jazz liturgy. Their website is well worth checking out

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Perfect! And these are some of my favorites scriptures, too! I love the line in the Samuel story after Nathan has told David, "You are the man," when the word of the Lord reminds David of all the good things God has provided for him over the years and adds, "if that had been too little, I would have given you more."

This says to me that the sin (in terms of sin as act, which of course gets away from our whole discussion so far) is the grasping after something rather than going to God with one's needs/desires. It's not that our needs/wants/yearnings should be sources of guilt, but that our grasping rather than trusting God to provide is the problem.

I'm not sure how this connects to our ongoing conversation, except that I do think the way certain sins are emphasized, as opposed to emphasizing that state of sin that distances us from God and our own true selves, leads to lots of misplaced guilt about human needs and desires.

Anyway, I'm taking up too much space here. I think I'm going to have to write a post on this on my own blog. You've got me rolling ...

I have been fond of the story in Kings too largely b/c in the description of the "one ewe lamb" I can (perhaps inaccurately, but I have graduated, so...) see all of the people I have ever known, self included, who have lost our hearts to a pet. To the assertion that emphasizing "certain sins" leads to misplaced guilt, I agree that has been true for many sexual minority persons. It is tough in this climate to distinguish between things that do separate from God, self and other (breaking promises and damaging relationships, as in adultery) from those that are countercultural (being a sexual minority, say), and those that are tragic circumstances of life (the need for a relationship to end via divorce, say) and tarring them with the same brush gets us into trouble.

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