God Help Us – Power & Spiritual Authority


Power & Spiritual authority

As I get to walk alongside folks in a congregational setting, that God is doing this miraculous, beautiful thing – new life that is happening – that has nothing to do with me.

In episode 13, Ryan Mather and I discussed the harmful beliefs we all hold. In many ways, this episode is a follow-up to that one – in which I talk with Liz Kearny about power and spiritual authority. Liz is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA, who serves in southwest Washington state as both a parish pastor and a hospital chaplain.

While Liz and I both get frustrated with people who say they just want to do “what the Bible says,” we realize we also have put our hope and responsibility into the hands of a different kind of spiritual authority – our political heroes. I personally have let my privilege drive my naivete about the realities of injustice in our country, so I’m grateful that Liz is here to talk about owning her power as a pastor, our shared, inappropriate devotion to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and learning how to be our own political heroes.

In this episode, Liz suggests learning about the enneagram as a tool for better understanding our own power and how we wield it. Two books she recommends are: The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, by Richard Rohr and The Road Back to You, by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile.

For more content from Liz, follow her on Instagram @LizAnneLemon and follow Longview Presbyterian Church on Facebook.

And if you’re in the Seattle area, I hope to see you at our upcoming live show on Saturday, March 2 at 6pm at Cedar & Spokes! More details are available in the Facebook event.

Like God Help Us on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe via iTunes or Google Play. You can also stream episodes here. Have a request for future guests or topics? Send me an email!

Thanks for listening! Until next time, God help us.

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