CBF Podcast: Sarah Bessey, A Rhythm of Prayer

By Andy Hale

America has so many favorite Canadians, whether William Shatner, Michael J. Fox, Rachel McAdams, Sandra Oh, Drake, or Ryan Reynolds. If you had to just pick one, that’s a tough game to play. And then we have the Canadians that we blame for the failure of the Star Wars prequel trilogy; we’re looking at you, Hayden Christensen.

For most post-Evangelicals, they’d put Sarah Bessey in the pantheon of great Canadians. The author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts, Bessey has given her readers the tools to deconstruct a toxic faith tradition, many of which were ready to leave. 

Along with her friend, the late Rachel Held Evans, Sarah started Evolving Faith, a movement of sojourners creating space for belonging, gathering, listening and hope.

We sat down with the podcast host and writer to discuss her new work, A Rhythm of Prayer. The book is a collection of mediation from over twenty authors, including Amena Brown, Nadia Boltz-Weber, and Lisa Sharon Harper.

At the core of the book is a desire for the reader to experience renewal. “Love can and does and will transform us in every way—our ideology, our opinions, our habits, our values, our priorities, our very names. But it’s not a prerequisite or a requirement, it’s not a behavior modification, it never is, not for Love,” said Bessey on the CBF Podcast.

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Andy Hale is the creator and host of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Podcast. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy

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