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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 – 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 – 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 – 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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God Help Us – Homophobia


Christianity is (supposedly) all about love and acceptance, yet some of the loudest homophobic groups in our political arena are Christian. Today on God Help Us, Heather Juul – a lesbian Christian woman – shares her coming out story and reflects on her faith. Subscribe via iTunes or Google Play or stream episodes here. To […]

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God Help Us – Episode 1, Evangelicalism


In episode 1 of God Help Us, I sit down with pastor and former evangelical Dave Rohrer to discuss what it means to be an evangelical – in both the religious and political senses of the word. Subscribe via iTunes or Google Play or stream episodes here. To let me know what you think and […]

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God Help Us – Episode 0


Here it is! The very first episode of my new podcast, God Help Us – in which I have conversations about the curious, frustrating, and sometimes baffling relationship between Christianity and US politics. This is a podcast especially for people who are politically engaged but don’t have a religious background and might feel at a […]

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What Roy Moore Can Teach us about Reading the Bible


Like many small Christian people, my church gave me my first Bible in fourth grade. Our pastor made an earnest speech to us and we spent all year in Sunday school getting to know it as a source of life-giving wisdom. I’m not sure whether these exact words were used, but the message was loud […]

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