God Help Us Category

God Help Us – The Old Testament


Very few people change their mind about the Bible because of logic or study. Until you address the emotional commitment, you won’t see real change. In this episode, the Rev. Dr. J. P. Kang joins Annie to discuss the Old Testament. J. P. has been an Associate Pastor at Japanese Presbyterian Church of Seattle since […]

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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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God Help Us Replay – Church


How do we move into a place of wholeness and then desire? And then what I love about the church is the collective power it has for good. Jen is a great person to talk to about church: the good, the bad, the unexpected. She has no illusions about the institution and yet she loves […]

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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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