Her approach to ministry might cause others a sense of discomfort as well. It seems to me that there are three ways of viewing "the Nadia Bolz-Weber phenomenon," as some have called it. One: she is drawing more attention to herself than to the One she represents. John the Baptist said of Jesus, "He must increase, but I must decrease" (John 3:30).
Two: she creates unnecessary barriers to the gospel for those who are offended by her language. Paul said of meat offered to idols, "if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble" (1 Corinthians 8:13).
Three: her appearance and language connect with people more conventional ministers could never reach. Paul said, "I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel" (1 Cor. 9:22-23).
What do you think of Nadia Bolz-Weber's ministry? Please share your thoughts in our comments section. And consider her story as a metaphor for innovation in ministry today. From 5th century monastics to 16th century reformers to today's social media missionaries, those who try something different can always be accused of focusing on themselves and offending others. But if their hearts are right, they can also be used by the Spirit to reach new people in new ways.
A critic said to Dwight Moody, "I don't like your evangelism methods." Moody smiled and said, "I don't like them much, either. What are yours?" The man admitted he didn't have any. Moody said, "I like mine more than yours."
What are yours?
Publication date: November 19, 2013