A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: #GriefAND Advent

This season of A Sojourner’s Truth podcast is brought to you by The Voices Collection of Our Daily Bread Ministries. Find out more at experiencevoices.org. Also, check out the “Where Ya From?” Podcast. Purchase my new release from ODBM The Voices Collection, Journey to Freedom, Discovering the God of Deliverance, An Exodus Bible study

Episode 31: #GriefAND Advent featuring Bette Dickinson. Bette is a prophetic artist, writer, and speaker who invites audiences to connect with God through visual parables of the spiritual journey. Through creative communication, she helps her audience awaken to the beauty of God and His Kingdom and see more clearly the eternal realm in the heart and in the world. Through her work, Dickinson helps her audience connect the inner life of spiritual formation with the outer life of mission. Bette earned her Masters of Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Studies, is ordained in the Reformed Church in America, and serves with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Spiritual Formation. She is author of Making Room in Advent: 25 Devotions for a Season of Wonder (2022, IVPress).

There are still mountains that need to be lowered, there are still valleys that need to be raised up there are still crooked places that need to be made straight and that heart of advent is taking an honest look at those things and preparing ourselves through repentance and preparing ourselves through grief, where we need to receive the Lord and prepare ourselves to receive what His kingdom really looks like.

Bette Dickinson

In my conversation with Bette Dickinson, we discuss the importance of art and the creative process in being able to approach grief and work through the traumas that we have experienced. Bette shares her own experience and insight with the creative process and how it has allowed her to enter into lament and tap into the emotions that come with that, rather than trying to escape it. Our discussion then shifts to the topic of advent and what it means for the church and Christianity. We unpack the definition of advent, how the idea of grief and lament ties into the time of Advent and that the reason Jesus had to come was because of our brokenness. 

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Resources:

Bette Dickinson has graciously offered my audience a FREE resource that I am thrilled to make available to you! Bette has a FREE audio divina that can be downloaded and used in connection with her book.

To download Bette’s FREE Making Room in Advent audio divina guide on making room for justice, simply text JUSTICE to 33777. This incredible resource will be delivered directly to your email.

If you would like to learn more about or purchase Bette Dickinson’s book mentioned in the episode, Making Room in Advent: 25 Devotions for a Season of Wonder you can do so HERE.

Here are some additional resources that were mentioned in the podcast:

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: https://www.amazon.com/Firekeepers-Daughter-Angeline-Boulley/dp/1250766567

Rediscipling the White Church: From Cheap Diversity to True Solidarity by David W. Swanson. You can learn more about or purchase this book HERE.

Podcast Feature: Pass the Mic Podcast

Hello Beautiful People,

I had the privilege of being a guest on the Pass the Mic Podcast hosted by Tyler Burns and Jemar Tisby and brought to you by The Witness: (A Black Christian Collective). Find out more at https://thewitnessbcc.com/

Writing What I Live with Natasha Sistrunk Robinson: Tyler Burns and Jemar Tisby are joined by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson to talk about both of her books Journey to Freedom: Discovering the God of Deliverance Bible Study & Voices of Lament: Reflections on Brokenness and Hope in a World. (Credit of episode description above given to Pass the Mic podcast).

Women of color know how to have joy in the mourning. We know how to lead in the dark…Generally, women of color are not those who abandon God because things don’t go our way…we are postured to know how to suffer well because we have a suffering Servant. We go to Jesus because where else are we going to go?

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

In this episode I share the process of my Voices of Lament project, including why I felt it was important to hear and learn from women of color that come from all different kinds of backgrounds and cultures. I also discuss why topic of lament is important and how it is relevant in our culture today. During the conversation, I also share insights about my Journey to Freedom Exodus Bible Study, the hours research that I went through to be able to pour into this project and share what I had learned. Tyler Burns, Jemar Tisby and I also unpack the significance of the Old and New Testament, specifically discussing taking the time to study the Old Testament in order to further our understanding about God and who He has called us to be.

I believe in the West, we have a New Testament church with an Old Testament practice of theology. We have set up the church, the building, not the body, as a tabernacle where the pastor is the priest. Where everybody is waiting for the pastor to give them a Word from the Lord and the pastor to tell them what to do…but the problem is Jesus has become our great High Priest, He is perfect in every way that the Levitical priests were not.

Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

If you would like to listen to the episode in it’s entirety you can do so at the following link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/writing-what-i-live-with-natasha-sistrunk-robinson/id1435500798?i=1000580692499

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Resources:

If you would like to learn more about or purchase Natasha’s books that are mentioned in the podcast, you can do so below:

If you want to learn more about or purchase Natasha’s book Journey to Freedom: Discovering the God of Deliverance Bible Study you can do so HERE.

If you want to learn more about or purchase Voices of Lament: Reflections on Brokenness and Hope in a World Longing for Justice you can do so HERE.

If you would like to read more about Natasha’s story you can do so through her book A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World. You can purchase and learn more about A Sojourner’s Truth HERE

A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: #GriefAND Homelessness

This season of A Sojourner’s Truth podcast is brought to you by The Voices Collection of Our Daily Bread Ministries. Find out more at experiencevoices.org. Also, check out the “Where Ya From?” Podcast. Purchase my new release from ODBM The Voices Collection, Journey to Freedom, Discovering the God of Deliverance, An Exodus Bible study

Episode 30: #GriefAND Homelessness featuring Rebecca Deng. Rebecca is the author of What They Meant for Evil: How a Lost Girl of Sudan Found Healing, Peace, and Purpose in the Midst of Suffering and one of the eighty-nine Lost Girls of Sudan who came to the US in 2000 as unaccompanied refugee minors after living eight years in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northern Kenya. She is an international speaker and advocate for women and children victimized by war. She is African American of South Sudanese origin.

“The Creator created the world as a diverse world. The Bible talks about when we go to the New Jerusalem it will be a place of people of all nations. So if you cannot practice being with people of all different nations and backgrounds here, how are you going to enjoy heaven? Heaven is going to be a place where you are going to be next to people of all nations.”

Rebecca Deng

Listen to the full podcast episode below to hear Rebecca share her personal stories and experiences as a woman from South Sudan living in America.

A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: Episode #30 with Rebecca Deng on Grief AND Homelessness

If you would like to learn more about or read Rebecca’s story please purchase her book: What They Meant for Evil: How a Lost Girl of Sudan Found Healing, Peace, and Purpose in the Midst of Suffering

Rebecca Deng was a contributor on my recent Voices of Lament book project. She wrote the chapter titled “Owning My Heritage as Queen,” an essay on Psalm 37:32-33.

If you would like to learn more about or purchase the book, you can do so at the following link: https://www.natashasrobinson.com/voicesoflament

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Resources: “No Simple Way Home” documentary, a story about Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, the mother of South Sudan.

World Relief is a global Christian ministry that provides supportive services for refugees,  immigrants, and displaced people. Learn more on their website: https://worldrelief.org/ 

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