Truth is, Women are the Unsung Heroes in this World

I’m sharing an excerpt of my forthcoming book (only eight more days!), A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World today thanks to Evangelicals for Social Action.

From Chapter 2:

She gently touched my shoulder, then took my hand to lift me from the brown folding chair under the funeral-home tent. My eyes had been fixed on the steel silver bars as I watched strangers lower my mother’s body into the ground. My Aunt Janet said to me, “Come on inside the church, Tasha. There are some things you just don’t need to see.”

I don’t remember eating the meal provided at the church that day. I don’t remember what I did before or after the service. I don’t remember whether I wore my midshipman service dress blue uniform or a traditional black dress—it wasn’t exactly a day for taking pictures. I do remember entering the old Baptist church, filled with family and friends, as songs of praise rang out from a full choir loft where my mother used to sing. Those black people, my mother’s friends, stomped, rocked, and clapped their hands as they sang praises to Jesus. As I walked down the aisle, I worried about my immediate family: How would we make it without my mother? Who would love and lead us now?

Continue reading at Evangelicals for Social Action.

I am also pleased to announce the ESA is hosting a book event launch event with me and Kathy Khang, author of Raise Your Voice, in Washington DC on Monday, October 22, 2018 at Bus Boys and Poets on 14th and V. Register here.

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It’s stop number three on the #ASojournersTruth book tour. Don’t miss an event or book Natasha today!

…when I thought I would emotionally die, God was gracious.

Is Learning from Women Essential for Pastoral Competence?

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Like so many others, I’ve listened to Pastor John Piper’s statement that women should not be allowed to teach at seminaries because they would assume a pastoral position of authority above men who are being trained to pastor. Buried within his response is the statement,

The issue, as always, is not the competence of women teachers or intelligence or knowledge or pedagogical skill. It’s never competence!

I believe that competence is an important issue of consideration in the home, church, and seminary leadership. For that wisdom, we need to look to our most competent head of the church, the pastor and high priest, Jesus, who models the seminary teaching office for everyone.

Continue reading at Missio Alliance.

“Known and Loved” Book Review

I cannot believe that summer is almost over. We had a LONG winter in North Carolina and it seems like half the spring was filled with cold fronts and the other half with showers. I enjoy warm weather and to me, it seems like the summer just rolled in. In spite of talking a full academic course load for most of the summer, I wanted to settle in and reflect on the Psalms during my morning devotions.

Known and LovedRevell and author, Caryn Rivadeneira, graciously sent me a copy of the spring release, Known and Loved: 52 Devotions for the Psalms. Caryn completed this book in partnership with the Mothers of Preschools (MOPS) international.

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