On Thursdays, at 3 pm, a group gathers virtually to discuss a book of their choosing. Presently, the group is reading “Gospel Medicine” by Barbara Brown Taylor. It is Taylor’s metaphor for the healing power of God seen in the active and ongoing restoration of this broken world. In this new collection of sermons she practices the old-fashioned art of gospel home remedies like a true evangelist, summoning with piercing clarity and with the Old and New Testament stories that have the power to mend our spirits, strengthen our weaknesses, and restore us to wholeness. Scripture comes to life in the contemporary people and places of which Taylor speaks. Georgia apple-growers become God’s sharecroppers of the gospel parable; through Mary’s embracing of her role as God-bearer we are dared to take risks in our own discipleship; in Jonah’s angry stand-off with God we see reflections of our own struggles with a God who is more forgiving than we want him to be; with tender awe after years of waiting Sarah wipes her hands on her apron and goes to tell Abraham she is to bear a child. Through the stories of Scripture, Taylor addresses with moving simplicity the contemporary wounds of anger, abandonment, fear of judgment, and a longing for home, healing, and mercy. Contact Janet Gilman at [email protected] if you are interested in participating.