The Red Couch: Blood Brothers INTRODUCTION

By Jamie Y. Watkins | Twitter: @jamieywatkins Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. —Matthew 5:9 Last fall, my local YMCA hosted a workshop with guests from the Jerusalem International YMCA. The speakers, a Palestinian Christian man and an Israeli Jewish woman, came to talk about how the Y in Jerusalem is […]

The Red Couch: PROPHETIC LAMENT Discussion

For a good portion of my life, I didn’t think that lament belonged in the church. Christians, I believed, were happy-clappy, smiling-all-the-time, “I’ve got the river of life flowing out of me!” type of people. As I’ve written for SheLoves before, the unfortunate result of this misconception was that I didn’t cry for almost seven […]

Prophetic Lament: An Introduction

I had the privilege of hearing Prof. Rah speak last August on Lament. The conference was close to the second anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. It was also soon after the shooting of Philando Castile, which occurred only a few miles from where Rah was speaking. His message enraptured me. The week before I had written […]

The Red Couch 2017 Book Selections

What can we say about 2016? On the one hand, there’s been a lot of great discussion at The Red Couch. It’s given me hope, time and again. On the other hand, there’s a lot of uncertainty in the world. It’s hard to know how to feel about 2017. And yet, I believe in the […]

The Red Couch: Reluctant Pilgrim Discussion

To learn more about Reluctant Pilgrim, please read the introductory post. Be sure to peruse The Nightstand in that post, which has resources for those wanting to learn more about the topic and themes of this month’s selection.   When I read a synopsis of Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community that described […]