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 36: Unveiling, Mariana Thomas

Episode 36 Unveiling 2 Peter 3:8-15 Guest: Mariana Thomas In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill is joined by guest Mariana Thomas as they discuss 2 Peter 3:8-15 through the theme of unveiling....

Episode 35: Shifting, Minister Candace Simpson

Episode 35 Shifting Mark 13:24–37 Guest: Minister Candace Simpson In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill is joined by guest Minister Candace Simpson as they discuss Mark 13:24-37 through the theme of shifting....

Episode 34: Justice, Rev. Remington Johnson

Episode 34 Justice Matthew 25:31–46 Guest: Rev. Remington Johnson In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill is joined by guest and Rev. Remington Johnson as they discuss Matthew 25:31-46 through the lens of...

Episode 32: Privilege: Rev. Shelley Donaldson

Episode 32 Privilege  Philippians 3:4b–14 Guest: Rev. Shelley Donaldson In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill is joined by guest Rev. Shelley Donaldson as they discuss Philippians 3:4b-14 through the lens of privilege....

Episode 31, Judgment: Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Episode 31 Judgment Romans 14:1–12 Guest: Guthrie Graves-Fitzimmons In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill is joined by guest and Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons as they discuss Romans 14:1-12 through the lens of judgment.  

Episode 30, Wrestling: Rev. Jess Cook

Episode 30 Wrestling Genesis 32:22-31 Guest: Rev. Jess Cook In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill is joined by guest and fellow MLP staff Rev. Jess Cook as they discuss Genesis 32:22-31 through...

Episode 28, Creation, Rev. Sandra Moon

Episode 28 Creation Romans 8:12-25 Guest: Rev. Sandra Moon In this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill is joined by guest Rev. Sandra Moon as they discuss Romans 8:12-25 through the lens of creation....

Episode 27, Returning: Daniel Williams

Episode 27 Returning Isaiah 55:10-13 Guest: Rev. Daniel Williams On this episode, host Rev. Alex Patchin McNeill talks with guest and MLP Board member Daniel Williams about Isaiah 55:10-13 (the trees of the field...