Theology Category

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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God Help Us – Coming Out


When I came out, and I chose to go a direction of saying, “I believe God loves me just as I am, without caveats, without conditions,” that was the moment I broke free. Author and advocate Amber Cantorna visits with Annie to talk about her new book, Unashamed: A Coming Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians. […]

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God Help Us – 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 – Q & A


This very special bonus episode of God Help Us was recorded with a live audience at Cedar & Spokes Coffee and Bar in Seattle on March 2nd at an event we called Undoing: Decolonizing our Bodies and Sexuality. This is the audience Q&A session with Gabes Torres, Annie Mesaros, and Tina Schermer Sellers. In this […]

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God Help Us – Power & Spiritual Authority


As I get to walk alongside folks in a congregational setting, that God is doing this miraculous, beautiful thing – new life that is happening – that has nothing to do with me. In episode 13, Ryan Mather and I discussed the harmful beliefs we all hold. In many ways, this episode is a follow-up […]

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God Help Us – Gender Equity


“It’s allowing people who have a different kind of take on the universe into positions where their personality affects the culture of the tribe. And that’s a very good thing.” A couple weeks ago, the US Supreme Court lifted injunctions on Trump’s ban on transgender people openly serving in the military, making it possible for […]

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God Help Us – Our Harmful Beliefs


“These things that people do seem nonsensical, and we may never understand it on an individual level, but they’re doing it for a reason that makes sense to them – even if it causes them physical, emotional, spiritual pain. Otherwise, they wouldn’t do it.” In this episode of God Help Us, I talk with clinical […]

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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 – 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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