Christianity Category

God Help Us – Origin Stories


If Thanksgiving is anything, it’s a recognition of our dependence and the ways our lives are bound up in the lives of other people. For this very special Thanksgiving episode, Annie is joined by Dr. Brian Bantum, Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago (though he lives […]

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God Help Us – You Know You


If you’re afraid to ask the question, that’s probably the question you should be asking. In the first part of this very special episode, I join Coastland Commons for their monthly gathering to talk about the significance of personal story and the importance of trusting our instincts. In the first segment, Dani Forbess and I […]

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God Help Us – Good* White Christian


White pseudo-supremacy is that systemic, it’s that invisible – it’s something that we can’t all see, but it’s happening nonetheless. In this episode, Annie talks with Kerry Connelly, a writer, Certified Life Coach, author of the blog Jerseygirl, JESUS, and host of the podcast White on White, which reimagines white identity apart from pseudo-supremacy. Kerry […]

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God Help Us – Masculinity & Belonging


I wanted to figure out if the ways I had been taught to believe and practice Christianity had been wrong. In this episode of God Help Us, Annie talks with Myles Markham about defining masculinity and finding belonging.  Myles is a community organizer, theology nerd, and is working on his MA in practical theology at […]

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Bonus Episode – We Haven’t Given Up


There are religions that make you question, am I worthy of God’s love and approval? Am I worthy of the church’s love and approval? And contrary to that I think, um, is religion worthy of my love and approval? Out today on the God Help Us feed is a preview of a very special bonus […]

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God Help Us – Anti-Judaism


It’s easier to demonize the other than to take time to learn what the other is thinking, let alone to become friends with somebody who’s not you. In this episode, Annie is joined by Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish New Testament scholar. In addition to her role as a professor of Jewish Studies and New Testament […]

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God Help Us – Crisis in the Catholic Church


I have an obligation to hear the stories of pain and marginalization as best as I can, and then to look at my tradition and say, ‘is it worth fighting for?’ In this episode, Dr. Richard Gaillardetz joins Annie to discuss crises in the Catholic church. Rick is a Catholic lay theologian and a professor […]

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God Help Us Replay – Women with Authority


The assumptions that we bring to scripture influence our interpretation and even our translation – and not always for the best. Throughout the history of Christianity, people have used the Bible to try to ban women from leading. In this episode of God Help Us, I talk with Pastor Kari Olson about what the Bible […]

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God Help Us Replay – Complicating the Narrative


Who’s story’s getting left out? What story’s getting trampled on? How can I be part of lifting those voices to the surface? In this episode of God Help Us, Kelsey Wallace, a PhD student in the Bible and Cultures program at Drew Theological School, joins Annie to discuss the biblical story of Jephthah’s daughter as told […]

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God Help Us Replay – Empire


Christianity becomes a power complex and so it’s no longer used as a tool for love, but for domination. One of the best teachers I’ve ever had is Dr. Angela Parker, a brilliant womanist new testament scholar who challenges me to interrogate my reading of the biblical text and to question where I place myself […]

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