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.

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    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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  • 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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I always wondered what a nice girl like you was doing in a church like this. Now I understand.

To be honest, SL, I have problems with the Emerging Church. Like you, I've been doing it for as long as I can remember because I am one of the different people - although I don't feel, or see myself as, different. The Emerging Church seems to be aimed at the people I think are normal. I'm a lorry driver, from a council estate (project?) who didn't go to college until my mid-30s, who is fanatical about various forms of the devil's music.

However, what scares me about the movement is its obsession with leadership and book writing celebrity. How can you have an emerging church that is lead? Isn't that a contradiction in terms? With the liberation theology movement the priests tried to remain servants of the laity and tried to let the laity dictate the agenda and direction of each congregation. Of course, they were human like the rest of us and so it didn't always work as planned, but the theory was good.

Perhaps you, being on the inside, could explain to me this apparent dichotomy in the thinking of the Emerging Church.

This is in no way an attack on the movement and most certainly attack on your integrity. I really am interested and could do with more info on this new thing.


most certainly NOT AN attack on your integrity.

(and I even previewed it first - I'm getting old)

I love how our parents surprise us sometimes...I wonder if your need to speak comes somewhat from growing up in a church that didn't allow you to...

i so love that you blog...

What a great story. That must have been a healing moment for you on all sorts of levels.

Regarding Emergent as leader/celebrity driven, I'll just say that there's Emergent and there's emerging. The same machine that created The Purpose Driven Life is driving Emergent as a constellation of figureheads, but meanwhile emerging churches are, well, emerging. And that big-shot Emergent publishing magnate will be eating granola in two weeks with his or her peers in the common area of their shared housing in New Mexico. So maybe we should sympathize with Emergent for getting sucked into the celebrity machine, but we can pray for the work of God in and through emerging churches.

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