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A Spiritual Anti-Hero, and Dispatches from the Religion Beat
May 11, 2017
Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber says if she leaves church with a to-do list, 'I don't feel like I've heard any good news.' Plus, Mark Oppenheimer on the religion beat.
A Pastor to Misfits May 11, 2017
Nadia Bolz-Weber is covered in tattoos, swears like a sailor, and has logged a lot of time in church basements, wrestling with addiction. She is also a Lutheran minister, and founder of the House for All Sinners and Saints in Denver, Colorado, where she welcomes all "the wrong people" -- ex-cons, addicts, sinners and outsiders. Asked about her rejection of Christian stereotypes, she says, "I'm in it for the freedom, man." First aired in October, 2015.

Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber, author of Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People

Most of Rev. Bolz-Weber's tattoos are drawn from scenes in the Bible, including Jesus in the desert and the resurrected Lazarus.

An Exit Interview with Mark Oppenheimer, Religion Columnist for The New York Times May 11, 2017
Religion should be covered like sports, Jews make good copy, and, let's be real, CrossFit is not a religion. After nearly seven years writing about faith every other week for The New York Times, Mark Oppenheimer reflects on what he's learned. One takeaway: Please stop calling religion coverage the "God beat."

"We are covering human beings who do stuff, or earn a paycheck, in the name of religion," he says. "If there is a God, then he, she, or it is not coverable by us." He spoke to producer Laura Kwerel. First aired in August, 2016.

Mark Oppenheimer, religion writer and co-host of the Unorthodox podcast