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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The ELCA probably errs on the side of Gospel, but that's certainly not all you hear. I can't really speak about LCMS or WELS. I've never worshipped in their congregations and don't pay much attention to their official pronouncements. Which is worse? I don't know. You can't recognize the Gospel if you haven't been convicted by the law. However, unrelenting law just drives you down. The trick has always been the careful balance of both.

I grew up in an LCMS congregation and attended LCMS schools from K-12. While I am no longer a member of a Lutheran congregation, I am grateful for the spiritual training I received.

What I value most from my childhood training in spiritual matters is a deep conviction of grace. Through elementary school where we memorized the catechism, Bible verses and hymns. I learned that the most important thing I could know about God was that He loved me. The confirmation process and high school faith-related classes deepened that understanding of grace.

As a matter of fact, my early youthful "rebellious" spritual searching sent me searching in more fundamentalist direction.

It was the constant emphasis on grace that kept me from staying there, and has continued to be a theme and the most important facet of how I view God.

So, at least in my experience, I haven't seen any emphasis on law over grace in LCMS.

ELCA thinking is usually that it is better to err on the side of grace than law and I am guilty but I've met some LCMS pastors that are graceful.

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