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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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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 – 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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God Help Us – Church Clarity


Non-affirming policies are, I think, harmful. But there’s an extra level of harm when those policies are covered over and revealed only after a significant level of investment. Can women and queer people be church leaders? Christian congregations hold a wide variety of beliefs on both counts – but all too often, people experience a […]

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God Help Us – Interfaith Collaboration


The more I’m studying this book that I’ve been told my whole life to study, the more it’s actually causing me to drift away from the world that told me to study it. In this episode, Annie talks with Michael Hidalgo, lead pastor of Denver Community Church. He’s the host of the Changing Faith Podcast, […]

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God Help Us – Civility


We need strong leaders who can try to set a different agenda, regardless of what the political consequences might be. That takes some courage. In this episode, presidential historian Mike Purdy joins Annie to talk about about civility in civic discourse and his new book, 101 Presidential Insults: What they Really Thought about Each Other […]

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God Help Us – Augustine


It’s not just my experience – it’s my experience and your experience and somebody else’s experience and how they interact with each other.   This episode is dedicated to the great Rachel Held Evans who passed away on May 4, 2019. Please hold her family in your hearts in the wake of their deep loss. […]

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God Help Us – Inherent Value


  As we become more aware of our inherent value, we’re going to start respecting the inherent essence of everybody else around us. Isaac Archuleta – therapist, writer, speaker, founder of iAmClinic, and executive director of spiritual and relational formation at Q Christian Fellowship – joins Annie to talk about desire, its relationship with shame, […]

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