By Andy Hale
We sat down with Sarah Bessey, author of Jesus Feminist and Out of Sorts. Sarah is a phenomenal writer, as well as self-identified recovering know-it-all and social justice wannabe.
Bessey’s writing centers on an honest trek through her theological journey. She creates a safe space for people examining their faith realistically, taking it apart, and reclaiming it in life-giving way.
Our conversation centers on exploring her work in Out of Sorts, sticking around in your faith tradition while dealing with tremendous theological differences with that tradition, and some of her upcoming writing.
We explored the rise of tribalism within culture and its ultimate seepage into the church. “Nothing changes in a true, God-lasting way when we use people or push agendas or make finger-pointing arguments or accusations of heresy,” Sarah said.
CBF’s podcasts launched in early 2016 to share the stories of CBF church starters from across the Fellowship and interviews of people partnering to do groundbreaking work in renewing God’s world. The vision is to share ideas, stories, and innovations from church starters, pastors, and practitioners.
Andy Hale leads Church Starts Initiative of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is a CBF church starter who serves as pastor of Mosaic of Clayton in Clayton, N.C.