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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 16: Uncertainty, Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks

Episode 16 Uncertainty John 20:19-31 Guest: Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill is joined by MLP Board Co-Moderator Amy Kim Kyremes-Parks as they discuss John 20:19-31 through the lens...

Episode 15: Easter / Discovery, Lydia Tembo

Episode 14 Easter / Discovery John 18:1-19:42 (shorten to John 19:16-30) Guest: Lydia Tembo In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill is joined by MLP Board Member Lydia Tembo as they discuss Easter through...

Episode 11: Possibility, Rev. Jess Cook

Episode 11: Possibility Ezekiel 37: 1-14 Guest: Rev. Jess Cook In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill, and MLP Staff member Jess Cook explore the Valley of Dry Bones in Ezekiel 37 through...

Episode 10: Shame, Rev. John Russell Stanger

Episode 10: Shame Psalm 51:1-17 Guest: Rev. John Russell Stanger In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill, and Rev. John Russell Stanger, a therapist in Louisville, explore a text for Ash Wednesday Psalm...

Episode 9: Growth, Rev. Pepa Paniagua

Episode 9: Growth John 15:1-8 Guest: Rev. Pepa Paniagua In this episode, host Alex Patchin McNeill, and Rev. Pepa Paniagua, Executive for Outeach and Education and Parish Associate at St. Andrews Presbyterian in Dallas,...

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...