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God Help Us – Origin Stories


If Thanksgiving is anything, it’s a recognition of our dependence and the ways our lives are bound up in the lives of other people. For this very special Thanksgiving episode, Annie is joined by Dr. Brian Bantum, Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago (though he lives […]

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Bonus Episode – We Haven’t Given Up


There are religions that make you question, am I worthy of God’s love and approval? Am I worthy of the church’s love and approval? And contrary to that I think, um, is religion worthy of my love and approval? Out today on the God Help Us feed is a preview of a very special bonus […]

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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 – 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 – 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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