Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber and her unconventional congregation, the House for All Sinners and Saints, are are trying to do something simple yet radical: create an authentic Christian experience without all the pretension that often comes with church.
That means combining the traditional Lutheran liturgy with new innovations and a healthy dose of irreverance.
The approach appears to be striking a nerve as Bolz-Weber's spiritual memoir "Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner and Saint" recently hit the New York Times best-seller list and people from across the country have started dropping in on services to see what these ideas look like in action.
Megan Verlee's profile of Bolz-Weber and her congregation will air during NPR's Morning Edition next week. For more background on Bolz-Weber listen here for a 2010 discussion with CPR's Colorado Matters about her book "Salvation on the Small Screen: 24 Hours of Christian Television".