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Rich Cohen, posted what I thought was a nice article in the New York Times, Where does Rabbi Voice Come From? He identifies a common speech pattern and tone among Rabbis he’s known and calls it “Rabbi Voice.” He sets […]

The Biblical Guide to Reporting

“…and they took offense at him…” This Gospel passage from Mark 6:1-13 is included in the revised common lectionary provided by the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. The text is from the NRSV. You can hear a recording of this passage here. […]

I admit it. I succumbed to clickbait. I was reading a news article online this week and, as I neared the last paragraph, my eye was drawn to a box of  “trending” headlines further down the page. The headline that […]

Reading the Gospel of Mark 5:21-43 “…he took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha cum’…” This passage from Mark 5:21-43 is included in the revised common lectionary provided by the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. The text is from […]

As a lay reader, ultimate humility comes in realizing that the reading is not about you. You’re there to serve as the catalyst between members of the congregation and their own encounters with scripture. The reading is not about your […]

Reading and hearing the Gospel of Mark 4:35-41 Reading the Gospel aloud invites the audience to experience human encounters with the divine as revealed in the Bible.  We can leave interpretation and meaning to members of the clergy and other […]

In Book Six of his Confessions, St. Augustine recounts coming upon St. Ambrose sitting quietly by himself, reading a book and “not even moving his lips!” As if this was some sort of dramatic innovation in reading for the 4th-5th […]

This passage from Mark is taken from the revised common lectionary provided by the Vanderbilt Divinity Library. The text is from the NRSV. You can hear a recording of this passage here. Reading the Gospel aloud invites the audience to […]

Emily M.D. Scott is a Lutheran pastor who published a thoughtful article in the NYTs: The Bible’s #MeToo Problem, June 16, 2018. The article recounts her own encounter with the story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob from the book of […]