RevGalBookPals: Deliberate Acts of Kindness

In exchange for an honest review, I received a copy of Deliberate Acts of Kindness: A Field Guide to Service as Spiritual Practice by Meredith Gould, a friend of RevGalBlogPals. Pluses: Spiritual depth- The book sincerely covers a breadth of spiritual and religious practices and how service is a component of each of them. The language and telos of… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Spiritual Sobriety

In the past year, the congregation I serve has welcomed some new disciples who had recently left the local mega church(es). I worry about sheep stealing, but I also accept that sometimes a new church home is what is needed for spiritual and emotional health and growth. One of these couples referred to themselves as… Read More

RevGalBlogPals: Two Alternative Histories

The adult education group at the church I serve is studying Daniel. It is very interesting to talk about how the Bible is put together and used differently by different groups of people. Daniel is counted with the “major” prophets in Christian scriptures. The book is part of the writings in Jewish bibles. In talking… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Church Book Clubs

The congregation I serve has a book club of sorts. It began a few years ago when several fans of A Prayer for Owen Meany asked about getting together to discuss the book. We met at a Mexican restaurant for margaritas, chips, and book gushing. We then mentioned another book, maybe for the next month, and… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Storypath

Narrative Lectionary users, here’s a new resource that might be of help in your preaching and educational ministry for the coming year. Storypath is a ministry carried out in partnership with the William Smith Morton Library at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. For the past six years they have been sharing weekly links to children’s… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Making Love With Scripture

I just read a book that referenced the Reverend Dr. Wil Gafney (a RevGal!), Gangnam style, X-men, and biblical idolatry. To be clear, they didn’t all happen in the same sentence or even the same chapter. The book makes liberal use of #hashtags and the chat-speak notion of putting an action in asterisks *wonders if this… Read More

Ask the Matriarch: Books for A Pastor’s Christmas List

Are you looking to add some books to your Christmas list? The Matriarchs are here to help! This week they offer you their “best of the best” in the following categories: Essential books: If she had to get rid of all but a few books, these would stay.  Reference books: For studies, sermons, retreats, leadership… Read More

RevGalBookPals: Stacks and Stacks

So, life has interfered with my book review today. I’m toward the end of several books, trying to decide what to commend or warn you about,  and events of yesterday evening and this morning prevented reviewing any of them. My current library checkouts: My present desk top reading:       Present Kindle reading is:… Read More