Beginning March 1 we will be reading Just Mercy, a best-seller written by Bryan Stevenson, attorney and co-founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. In this compelling work, Stevenson tells the stories of his clients who are either children condemned to die in prison or people who are serving time on death row, awaiting their executions.
As we read Stevenson’s book, we also focus on the passion narrative in Matthew’s Gospel. We’ll note points of intersection between Jesus’ story and other stories of betrayal, arrest, torture, humiliation, execution, and burial.
Books are available in the church office for $10. Contact Anne Clarke to reserve your copy.
Join a Group
Because the journey is most meaningful when we share it with others, consider joining a small group that will meet during the liturgical season of Lent (March 1 – April 15). You can register on myMPBC, by emailing the facilitator directly, or by calling Anne Clarke in the church office 704.334.7232 x115.
Sunday Mornings | 9:45 – 10:45 am | Chrissy Williamson
Thursday Afternoons | 1:00 – 2:30 pm | Joan Hope
Join the Conversation
Ben and Chrissy – with occasional special guests – will chat each week about themes presented in the book and how they relate to the season of Lent and our faith journeys. Stay tuned either by checking this page or by subscribing to “Sermons and Talks at Myers Park Baptist” podcasts on iTunes.
Week 1 Podcast: Are you prepared to meet a condemned man? Ben and Chrissy begin the conversation about Just Mercy and the Lenten journey. (Listen all the way to the end for a special appearance from Barry Metzger on piano!)
Week 2 Podcast: Presupposition of Guilt, Personal Responsibility, & the Gospel of Matthew – What do these three have in common? Listen in and join the conversation as Ben and Chrissy discuss Chapters 1-4 of our Lenten book, Just Mercy.
Week 3 Podcast: Redemption, A Church of Second Chances, & the Gospel of Mark – Ben, Chrissy, and special guest, Ed Hinson (J.D.), discuss Chapters 5 & 6 of our Lenten book, Just Mercy.
Week 4 Podcast: Listen in as Chrissy, Ben, and special guest, Joan Hope (M.Div.) deepen the conversation on redemption and hope in the midst of trial.
Week 5 Podcast: Listen as Chrissy and Rev. Dr. Peter Wherry discuss the Gospel of John, themes from the book and the road to Glory (among other things).
Week 6 Podcast: Listen in as Ben and Chrissy interview a special guest on a local story about prison organizing, activism, and the politics of justice.
Week 7 Podcast: Listen in as Ben, Chrissy, and about 70 (+/-) of our closest friends discuss brokenness and our favorite characters in chapters 14 and 15.
Week 8 Podcast: Listen in as Chrissy interviews two local “stone catchers,”James Searcy and Gensie Baker, who are doing redemptive work on re-entry in our city.
We’d love to hear from you!
Submit any comments or questions to Chrissy. Maybe your questions will be the topic of the next week’s conversation!
For more about how you might join us on this spiritual journey, contact Rev. Chrissy Tatum Williamson by email.