Liberation Bible Study is a podcast where More Light Executive Director Alex McNeill and guests read the Bible as a source of inspiration and strength to help listeners live into God’s abundant vision for their life and the world.

Host: Alex Patchin McNeill

Each show approaches a different biblical text, and the co-hosts read the text in the style of lectio divina with a twist. Like lectio divina, the text is read three-times, and each time participants are asked to answer a question in response to the text. However, rather than posing the typical lectio-style questions, each reading of the text answers a question related to spiritual grounding and liberating strength:

  • The first reading addresses what is happening in the text itself, and the passage’s larger context
  • The second reading addresses the question of how the text calls us into resistance (particularly with regard to how we resist the status quo)
  • The third reading speaks to the vision the text offers for the work of liberation

In the midst of a devastating political reality, our need for spiritual grounding and liberating vision is as urgent as ever. The process of reading the text through the lens of liberation has proven to be a big help connecting people back to the deep roots of resistance and liberation the biblical texts offer, as well as a reminder to people of their own well of resilience and commitment to working for an expansive vision of God’s kindom. The process has the ability to change the tone of a whole room. The goal for the podcast is to offer a space of spiritual nourishment to build resilience and continued resistance beyond the experience of reading the text.


Episode 8: Identity, Dr. Keisha McKenize

Episode 8: Identity Mark 8: 27-38 Guest: Dr. Keisha McKenzie In this episode, host Alex Patchin McNeill, and Dr. Keisha McKenzie, Director of Digital Strategy at Auburn Seminary in NYC, explore Mark 8: 27-38...

Episode 7: Love is Love, Aubrey Thonvold

Episode 7: Love is Love John 3:14-21 Guest: Aubrey Thonvold In this episode host Alex Patchin McNeill, and Aubrey Thonvold, Executive Director at Reconciling Works, explore the popular verse John 3:16 through the theme...

Episode 6: Easter Mystery

Episode 6: Easter Mystery Text: Mark 16:1-8 Guest: Rev. Derrick McQueen In this episode, Alex Patchin McNeill, and Rev. Derrick McQueen, pastor at St. James Presbyterian Church in Harlem, attend to the Easter story...

Episode 5: Failure, Rev. Shawna Bowman

 Episode 5: Failure John 18:1-19:42 Guest: Rev. Shawna Bowman In this episode Alex Patchin McNeill, and Rev. Shawna Bowman, pastor at Friendship Presbyterian Church in Chicago, explore Good Friday through the theme of failure....

Episode 4: Joy, Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara

 Episode 4: Joy Mark 11:1-11 Guest: Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara  In this episode Alex Patchin McNeill, and Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, Executive Director at Campaign for Southern Equality, discuss Jesus’ protest parade into Jerusalem for Palm...

Episode 1: Transformation, Jess Cook

Episode 1: Transfiguration Text: Mark 9:2-9 Guest: Jess Cook On this episode, host Alex Patchin McNeill and collaborative reader Jess Cook, Program and Communications Manager at More Light Presbyterians, explore the story of Jesus’...