Meeting up with Carolyn and Bill Blevins at the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and Baptist History & Heritage Society meeting

Honoring Carolyn Blevins

Today at a shared meeting between the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion and Baptist History & Heritage Society meeting in Waco, Texas, we will honor Carolyn Blevins with a festschrift, which is an academic book that honors the writing and contributions of a scholar and teacher. I’ve been keeping this celebration on the Q.T. for some time, and now it…

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Wednesday Words for Writers ~ C

Confidence Crisis This is part of the occasional series Wednesday Words for Writers. Check out previous posts on the letter A and the letter B. This post comes from a recent response I made to one of the academic writers that I coach over at Academic Writing Club. She was feeling stuck in self-doubt as a result…

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Introducing Martha – Anatomy of a Schism

When the search committee from Monroe Corner Baptist Church first phoned, Martha said to herself, “This is never going to happen. They are not going to call a woman!” Nevertheless, she took a risk and entered the search process with them. To her surprise, she and the committee “had a wonderful experience” and they “clicked.” Armed with worries from her…

Festival of Young (Women) Preachers

A Blessing for the Preachers

Festival of Young Women Preachers April 7, 2016 | Eden Seminary | St. Louis, Missouri  A Blessing for the Preachers Bless these hands as they handle sacred Scripture, and sacred stories, and sacred moments of the preaching and pastoral life. Bless these ears as they strain to hear a living, breathing word, as they listen…

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Easter – Practice Resurrection

These orchids from Thailand are endangered. Whole regions are absent their beauty although they used to grow wild in many places around the region. I took these photos as I walked the trails in an orchid farm near Chiang Mai. People are cultivating space to keep the plants growing and regenerating. Sometimes resurrection takes a…

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Anatomy of a Schism – Book Cover

I’m a little stunned by this… When I was testing out possible book cover designs last fall, I never dreamed that University of Tennessee Press would take my suggestions outright. But I’m so completely delighted that this will be my book cover! The photo is one I took in the chapel at First Baptist Greenville, SC….

Epiphany | Martha Stearns Marshall Month

Martha Stearns Marshall Month* Six Stages of Why You Should Invite a Woman to Preach Why should you invite a woman to preach in your church during Martha Stearns Marshall Month, this February? Well, it depends on where your church is along the pathway of accepting women in ministry. Whether you are at the “Been-there-done-that!-Have-two-women-pastors-and-a-T-shirt-to-prove-it” stage or…

Advent | Week 1

HOPE For Advent this year I’m taking up the invitation from the Anglican Communion to pray through the season with an #AdventWord each day and an accompanying photo or video. This post is the summary of Week 1 of Advent. Hoping…. #WAKEUP 11.29.30 The #AdventWord is #wakeup I made this pic of the early morning fog from the megabus…