45: Single Moms and the Church – An Interview with Alisha Gordon – Art of the Sermon
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Guest: Alisha Gordon, Writer and Executive For Spiritual Growth at United Methodist Women
General Topic: Single Mothers and the Church
Introduction to Alisha (1:30)
United Methodist Women (2:15)
Philosophy of preaching (4:48)
Becoming a preacher (6:44)
Single moms and the Church (10:17)
Scripture and “the fatherless” (14:08)
Finding common ground (16:56)
Missed opportunities (20:49)
Practical ideas for ministries (23:25)
Intersectionality resources (30:02)
Pop culture recommendations (31:39)
Favorite and challenging preaching experiences (36:39)
Easter or Christmas Eve (36:53)
Impactful communicators (38:02)
Recommended books and resources (39:45)
How to follow Alisha (41:15)
Links to things mentioned in the episode
- Alisha L. Gordon, M.Div.
- United Methodist Women
- AOTS 42: Ministry in a Big City – An Interview with Rev. Olu Brown
- Candler School of Theology | Emory University | Atlanta, GA
- Dr. Teresa Fry Brown, Bandy Professor of Preaching
- Amazon.com: Teresa L. Fry Brown
- Unfinished Business: Black Women, the Black Church, and the Struggle to Thrive in America by Keri Day
- Kimberlé W. Crenshaw
- Patricia Hill Collins
- Keri Day
- Traci Blackmon
- Injustice and the Care of Souls: Taking Oppression Seriously in Pastoral Care by Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook
- Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
- Amazon.com: Roxane Gay
- Greg Ellison
- Olu Brown
- Impact Church – Doing Church Differently
- Amazon.com: Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
- My Taught You Podcast with Myleik Teele
- 4:44 by JAY Z
- DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
- The New York Times
- Washington Post
- Lemonade by Beyoncé
- Katie Geneva Cannon
- Amazon.com: Parker J. Palmer
- What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: And Two Other Short Guides to Achieving More at Work and at Home by Laura Vanderkam
- Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney
- Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom by bell hooks
- Righteous Propagation: African Americans and the Politics of Racial Destiny after Reconstruction by Michele Mitchell
- Dear Sugars Podcast
- NPR Politics Podcast
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I appreciate this podcast, but as far as this episode goes….
I believe we should read the actual bible.
Thanks to Defining Grace for bringing on different voices. However, I could not align with this one.
Thanks so much for writing in! I do try to have a wide range of guests on the show. Past guests have included everyone from an executive at LifeWay to Rob Bell to folks outside the Church. I do this because I believe we can learn from everyone—even if we don’t totally agree with them or their interpretation of Scripture.
And if you’re willing, I’d love to hear more about what you thought.
My assumption, and I know it could be completely wrong, is that you’re focusing in on the issue of whether sex outside of marriage is a sin. This is a controversial issue, I named it as a controversial issue, and Alisha herself said that she wasn’t trying to convince anyone that it was or was not sinful. That was not the point of the interview. To focus only on that is to completely miss the other 35-40 minutes of the conversation.
The broader and more important point is that single mothers and their children deserve love, support, and grace, which is biblical. I hope that you could align with this point. And to only focus on the one situation is to overlook the many other situations in which a mother (or father) may be raising a child on their own.
Thanks again for listening, and again, my assumption may be completely off. I look forward to hearing more about what you thought.