Worship and the Lament – My Lament: My Gift to God

In her book, “Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining”[1] Author Shelly Rambo draws forward the experiences of Holy Saturday–the space between Jesus’s death and Jesus’s resurrection. If the crucifixion Continue Reading

From Butts in the Pews to Views: How to Calculate Online Worship Attendance

From “Butts in the Pews” to Views: How to Calculate Online Worship Attendance COVID-19 Worship Changes In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a drastic change in worship practices for Florence Continue Reading

Lord, Have Mercy: The Order of Confession and Forgiveness, Mystagogical Preaching, and the “Southern Way of Life”

Like most Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America, Beth-Eden Lutheran Church begins every worship service with The Order of Confession and Forgiveness:[1] As worship begins, water is poured into a baptismal Continue Reading

A Black Narrative Pulpit

A BLACK NARRATIVE PULPIT The Narrative Lectionary as a tool for Christian Transformation I love the Black Church and I cherish being part of a uniquely American tradition layered with Continue Reading