Christianity Category

God Help Us – Women with Authority


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 says about women having authority in the church and over men and what those implications might be for our social and […]

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God Help Us – Decolonization


In this episode on decolonization, I speak with Gabes Torres – researcher, artist, theologian, speaker, and therapist-in-training about her experience growing up in the Philippines and moving to the United States and her work as a theologian and artist who creates space for more generous and equitable hospitality. Find more from Gabes at gabestorres.com or […]

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God Help Us – Church


“When you’ve got people who don’t have what other people have – because of power, because of greed, winning, corruption – we need to be right in the middle of that. We need to be right in the middle of calling truth to power, as well as providing for the needs of people who are […]

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God Help Us – Practicing Presence


This is the third and final installation in a miniseries focused on how we relate to each other and how we might choose to relate across political and religious differences. I talk with pastor Dave Rohrer about practicing presence and to do that, we actually dive into our own relationship with each other and the […]

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God Help Us – Together


On today’s episode of God Help Us, I talk with Derek McNeil about systems theory, the idea that from our families to our workplaces to our global communities, we are shaped and influenced by the systems in which we live and work and play. This is part two of three in a series of episodes […]

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God Help Us – Shame


As you may know, the intention behind God Help Us is to better understand the ways that our country’s Christian heritage informs our present-day politics. But I’ve also been carrying another intention with me as I’ve worked on this podcast, and that’s to not only inform the political conversation in this country, but to change […]

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God Help Us – The White Savior


Today I’m talking with Aileen, a public defender in the juvenile court system, about troubling beliefs that pervade our country’s criminal justice system. A particular point of interest is how the white savior complex comes into play and fortunately, the current season of the Serial podcast has a great example of this. In season 3 […]

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God Help Us – Badly Behaved Women


In this episode of God Help Us, I talk with Jennie Spohr, a preacher and author who is currently writing a historical novel about Jezebel – our favorite scapegoat, life ruiner of men through the ages. And of course, this topic lends itself well to the current events of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process. We […]

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God Help Us – Prophets for the Revolution


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 in the narratives I find there. This week on God Help Us, she and I sit down to talk […]

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God Help Us – The Common Good


On today’s episode of God Help Us, I sit down with former Seattle City Councilmember (and former Mayor) Tim Burgess to talk about what it means to work for the common good – as a Christian, as a public servant, as a person with strong convictions who is open to opposition and conversation. In the […]

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