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#35. Dr. Jennifer Kaalund: Negotiating Identity

Dr. Jennifer Kaalund (womanist scholar, Iona College faculty) helps us understand how identities are negotiated, especially for early Jesus followers. She unpacks the complex identities that made up the recipients of Hebrews and 1 Peter, seeing parallels with the African American Great Migration. Along the way, she helps us understand some of the ugliest passages in the Christian scriptures.

To hear more from her, check out her book, Reading Hebrews and 1 Peter with the African American Great Migration, or find her commentaries on Working Preacher.

#34. Lyz Lenz: God Land

Lyz Lenz (journalist, author) set out after the 2016 election to explore what the hell was happening with faith and politics in middle America. What she found was complex, infuriating, deeply human and more personal than she expected. The fracture lines emerging throughout the country were undeniable in her own marriage.

She sat down to talk about all of it- faith, politics and divorce. She unpacks these realities in her incredibly compelling new book God Land, which you should absolutely order.

Photo Credit: Pilsen Photo Co-Op

Special Announcement: Introducing B-Sides

There’s a new Better Story podcast (kind of)! A Better Story: B-Sides is now where all of the shorter, scripture based episodes will live. Give this short announcement a listen to hear why the switch is happening and what’s up with the title “B-Sides.”

AND, if you enjoy the shorter episodes on the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, make sure to subscribe, rate and review A Better Story: B-Sides:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a-better-story-b-sides/id1457092253?mt=2

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=386359&refid=stpr

Google Podcast: https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/I3jikm7u54ph7rbnudgjdinmq4e

#32. Barbara Brown Taylor: Holy Envy

For Barbara Brown Taylor (best-selling author, teacher, Episcopal priest), what started as a university teaching role turned into something sacred. Exploring other religions with her students became a transformative experience. In the end, it made her a better neighbor, gave her a broader understanding of the divine and rooted her deeper in her own tradition.

Barbara sat down to talk about this experience, which she writes about in Holy Envy. If you enjoy the conversation, be sure to pick up the book and visit https://barbarabrowntaylor.com/ to find out when Barbara’s book tour will be near you.

Photo credit: E. Lane Gresham

#31. Kaya Oakes: No Religion, No Problem

Kaya Oakes (journalist, author, professor) had a hunch that the Nones, those who don’t associate with a religion, weren’t awash in a sea of meaninglessness and immorality. A few years ago she sat down and recorded many of their stories, which became her book The Nones Are Alright. She came on to talk about what she found and the changing landscape of religion.

You can find more from Kaya at http://www.oakestown.org/ and in America Magazine, The New Republic, Religion News Services and a host of other publications.

#29. Dr. Tom Oord: God Can't

Dr. Tom Oord is back on the podcast to talk about his new book God Can’t. If you’ve ever wondered why God hasn’t prevented tragedy, are tired of cliche answers, and you don’t want to read volumes of dense theology, this is your book. Plus, Tom talks about some of the quirkier things in Christianity: healing, demons, heaven, hell, the second coming and more!

Keep up with Tom at http://thomasjayoord.com/.

Don’t forget to check out Theology Corner for like-minded voices, and Light Theory if you enjoyed the intro and outro music.  

#28. Nish Weiseth: Religion and Politics

Politics and religion. The topics you aren’t supposed to talk about, but can’t ignore these days. Nish Weiseth (author, speaker, podcast host) is on to help us understand the disturbing relationship between Evangelicals and right wing politicians in the U.S. and what a faithful response could look like.

Nish, along with Amy Sullivan, is the co-host of Impolite Company, a podcast that covers religions and politics with depth and insight. Nish’s op-ed pieces have been featured in Cosmopolitan and Christianity Today, and she authored the book Speak: How Your Story Can Change the World. Check out more from Nish at https://www.nishweiseth.com/.

Don't forget to head over to Theology Corner for like-minded voices, and check out Light Theory if you enjoyed the intro and outro music.  

A couple of great organizations we mention in this episode: Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Refugee Council USA.