By Love Lazarus Sechrest and Ann Boyd

Love Lazarus Sechrest: Race & Rhyme

"Let’s not be afraid to ask questions of the text. God will not be harmed by our questions. Our God is bigger than those questions. So let’s never stop asking tough questions about the Bible." — Love Lazarus Sechrest

Womanist biblical scholar Love Sechrest sits down with us to talk about reading Scripture with a disciplined exploration of culture, both in ancient times and today.

Let me invite you into a conversation with Dr. Love Lazarus Sechrest, womanist biblical scholar and author of the book Race & Rhyme: Rereading the New Testament. In her writing, Love pairs a deep respect for Scripture with a disciplined exploration of culture, both from biblical times and today. The book was a demanding read for me and I had lots questions, but Love is a wonderful teacher and does a masterful job of explaining her approach to Scripture and the way she finds elements in our culture today that “rhyme” with biblical texts. Love also has a fascinating history, coming to her field of study as a second career scholar. We discuss her journey into academic study, and she graciously helped me to understand the unique approach of womanist theology. And at the very end I’ve included a bonus clip in which Love talks about her journey to find a church that aligns with her beliefs. This conversation was truly a delight and I think you’ll enjoy it too. 

So jump right in! We're so glad you're here.

You can listen on iTunes or at The Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Love Lazarus Sechrest is associate provost for program development and innovation and professor of theology at Mount St. Mary's University. Her scholarship is centered on womanist and African American biblical interpretation and New Testament ethics; she co- chaired the Society of Biblical Literature's African American Biblical Hermeneutics Section from 2012 to 2017 and gives presentations on race, ethnicity, and Christian thought in a variety of academic, church, and business contexts. She is the author of A Former Jew: Paul and the Dialectics of Race and Can "White" People Be Saved? Triangulating Race, Theology, and Mission. A second-career scholar, she previously worked as a senior manager in the aerospace industry at General Electric.

Ann is the Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast host and the interim editor for The Well. She has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1997, exploring her interests in community, spiritual formation, and writing. Ann has a BM in Music Education from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, Illinois with one husband, two spunky teenage daughters, and three snuggly cats. You’ll often find Ann baking sweet treats in the kitchen while listening to a podcast or audiobook.

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