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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  • 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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Absolutely lovely! Bless you.

Yeah. I like it. :)

Seems like God had something to say about this topic!

Meet my friend Jeremy Smith and his hacking Christianity post on this very topic!

I love it when theological streams cross like this!

Beautiful post; we always assume we must DO something to earn God's Grace.

There is a knife edge between God's causation and His choosing not to prevent. In the gap there lies the blessing. I took a slightly more poetic take on this same thought this week. I love where you went with this Nadia.

I recently found your blog, linked at someone else's blog that I read (don't ask me whose now)...

And in spite of the heavy tattoos and the truck driver language, I hear a lot of blessed truth in what you say.

I came reading the post about Judas. Then read the more recent one about identity (telling demons to piss off). And now this one on the Beatitudes comes right on time, seeing as this past Sunday's sermon was on the Beatitudes.

Thank God for the many unusual ways that He uses to bless us (including blog writers such as yourself!)

that's what i preached. we can say that jesus was giving us our discipleship list... but truth be told... he was giving the disciples and us... a blessing beyond compare. we annointed one another as part of the service.

keep up the great work sl... teach us to change the way we think about god.

I appreciate your post. My take on the beatitudes, and indeed much of what Christ declares in the gospel is that He is showing us the impossibility of fulfilling God's desires, except when by His grace, and in faith, we turn our supposed sovereignty over our lives to Him alone. Christ elsewhere declared: "Be ye perfect, even as He is perfect", and yet we fail to be perfectly meek, perfectly merciful, perfectly anything. The Law in the Old Testament is declared by Paul to be our schoolmaster, and here in the New I see the beatitudes as instructive of our own failings, and providing us the blessing of leading us to Christ alone, in whom we can find our blessings.

Here via Kirk's link on Jeremy's blog :)

I love your "maybe making suffering people feel worse and making God out to be a heartless bastard is not what the church is supposed to be doing."

I also love the idea of blessing as performative speech act. (And am reminded of the invitation in Barbara Brown Taylor's _An Altar in the World_ to cultivate a practice of blessing everyone, and everyTHING, we encounter.)

I've been making my way through back entries and have been loving your sermons, so you may see more comments from me :)

Addendum: I remembered this morning that BBT talks about blessing as not bestowing something on the blessed but rather recognizing the holy in them.

Love it. I get so sick of "it's God plan," or "God gave xxxxx to some person because they can handle it while some others can't."

Now, I just have to bless the people before they rush in to bless me. And I'm going to bless them for something good and probably unexpected.

I love twitter. By following Tony Jones, I ended up on your blog. What a blessing :>) Your words have marked my day. I've sent a link to some of my dearest friends to tell them what a blessing they are to me. I will take your thoughts with me today.
Thank you.

Maybe 70-year old women are better at filtering out the noise of the world and can see and hear God better than the rest of us. Maybe they knew you were on the verge of being able to comprehend God in a new way and wanted to nudge you there. Since my Mom was diagnosed with a pretty nasty cancer, my prayer has led me to approach God with open eyes, ears, and heart; there is a growth opportunity in this and I want figure out what it is.

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