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A Better Story

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A Better Story

A Better Story

Sam Altis

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A Better Story is about God...sort of. Through conversation, we explore the spirituality of authors, artists and scholars, usually with a sense of levity. Guests give us a glimpse of the sacred: those times they were drawn toward living more vibrantly, acting more justly, seeing others more humanely - and into better stories. Along the way, we pick up pieces to build a better faith, and hopefully a better world. Don't forget to subscribe to A Better Story: B Sides, which explores how the Bible can be sacred in a surprising and subversive way.

Latest Episodes

#37. Karen Gonzalez: Immigration, Refugees and Jesus

In the United States, the last three years have been catastrophic for immigrants and refugees and the systems that are meant to welcome them. With misinformation everywhere, Karen Gonzalez is here to clear a few things up. She helps us understand how “just get in line” isn’t an option for most and how refugees are being intentionally mistreated. She also gives us insights from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and helps us answer the question, “What can I do to help?”. Make sure to check out Karen’s book The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong and get in touch with her at https://www.karen-gonzalez.com/.

53 minJAN 21
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#37. Karen Gonzalez: Immigration, Refugees and Jesus

#36. Andre Henry: Racial Justice, Hope and Nonviolence

EAndre Henry is about the work of social change, particularly when it comes to undoing racism. He sat down to talk about that work - push back, hope, nonviolence and more. Along the way, he gives us several history lessons, plenty of reading recommendations, and a new understanding of an old story. To find more about Andre, visit http://www.andrerhenry.com/ and check out his podcast, Hope and Hard Pills. Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis Blueprint for Revolution by Srdja Popovic The Radical King by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cornel West (Editor) This is what an antiracist America would look like. How do we get there? by Ibram X Kendi

72 min2019 DEC 3
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#36. Andre Henry: Racial Justice, Hope and Nonviolence

#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.

49 min2019 JUN 25
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#35. Dr. Jennifer Kaalund: Negotiating Identity

#34. Lyz Lenz: God Land

ELyz 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.

80 min2019 MAY 21
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#34. Lyz Lenz: God Land

#33. Michael Gungor: This

EMichael Gungor (The Liturgists, Gungor) stopped by to talk about THIS, which happens to be both the title of his new book and a way of describing what exactly is going on here. This one gets weird in all the best ways!

64 min2019 APR 23
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#33. Michael Gungor: This

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

3 min2019 APR 2
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Introducing B-Sides

#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.

44 min2019 MAR 19
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#32. Barbara Brown Taylor: Holy Envy

#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.

49 min2019 FEB 12
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#31. Kaya Oakes: No Religion, No Problem

#30. Inderpreet Kaur: Getting to Know Sikhism

Sikhism is an empowering, justice-oriented and generous religion, whose story deserves to be more widely told. Fortunately for us, Inderpreet Kaur from the Sikh Coalition is here to help. She sat down to talk about beliefs, history and practices of Sikhs. After this conversation, you’ll definitely want to check out the work of the Sikh Coalition at https://www.sikhcoalition.org/. Donate, learn and get involved in the great work they’re doing.

37 min2019 JAN 29
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#30. Inderpreet Kaur: Getting to Know Sikhism

#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 Cornerfor like-minded voices,and Light Theoryif you enjoyed the intro and outro music.

46 min2019 JAN 15
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#29. Dr. Tom Oord: God Can't

Latest Episodes

#37. Karen Gonzalez: Immigration, Refugees and Jesus

In the United States, the last three years have been catastrophic for immigrants and refugees and the systems that are meant to welcome them. With misinformation everywhere, Karen Gonzalez is here to clear a few things up. She helps us understand how “just get in line” isn’t an option for most and how refugees are being intentionally mistreated. She also gives us insights from the Hebrew and Christian scriptures and helps us answer the question, “What can I do to help?”. Make sure to check out Karen’s book The God Who Sees: Immigrants, the Bible, and the Journey to Belong and get in touch with her at https://www.karen-gonzalez.com/.

53 minJAN 21
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#37. Karen Gonzalez: Immigration, Refugees and Jesus

#36. Andre Henry: Racial Justice, Hope and Nonviolence

EAndre Henry is about the work of social change, particularly when it comes to undoing racism. He sat down to talk about that work - push back, hope, nonviolence and more. Along the way, he gives us several history lessons, plenty of reading recommendations, and a new understanding of an old story. To find more about Andre, visit http://www.andrerhenry.com/ and check out his podcast, Hope and Hard Pills. Resources Mentioned in this Episode: Mothers of Massive Resistance by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae On Grand Strategy by John Lewis Gaddis Blueprint for Revolution by Srdja Popovic The Radical King by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cornel West (Editor) This is what an antiracist America would look like. How do we get there? by Ibram X Kendi

72 min2019 DEC 3
Comments
#36. Andre Henry: Racial Justice, Hope and Nonviolence

#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.

49 min2019 JUN 25
Comments
#35. Dr. Jennifer Kaalund: Negotiating Identity

#34. Lyz Lenz: God Land

ELyz 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.

80 min2019 MAY 21
Comments
#34. Lyz Lenz: God Land

#33. Michael Gungor: This

EMichael Gungor (The Liturgists, Gungor) stopped by to talk about THIS, which happens to be both the title of his new book and a way of describing what exactly is going on here. This one gets weird in all the best ways!

64 min2019 APR 23
Comments
#33. Michael Gungor: This

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

3 min2019 APR 2
Comments
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Introducing B-Sides

#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.

44 min2019 MAR 19
Comments
#32. Barbara Brown Taylor: Holy Envy

#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.

49 min2019 FEB 12
Comments
#31. Kaya Oakes: No Religion, No Problem

#30. Inderpreet Kaur: Getting to Know Sikhism

Sikhism is an empowering, justice-oriented and generous religion, whose story deserves to be more widely told. Fortunately for us, Inderpreet Kaur from the Sikh Coalition is here to help. She sat down to talk about beliefs, history and practices of Sikhs. After this conversation, you’ll definitely want to check out the work of the Sikh Coalition at https://www.sikhcoalition.org/. Donate, learn and get involved in the great work they’re doing.

37 min2019 JAN 29
Comments
#30. Inderpreet Kaur: Getting to Know Sikhism

#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 Cornerfor like-minded voices,and Light Theoryif you enjoyed the intro and outro music.

46 min2019 JAN 15
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#29. Dr. Tom Oord: God Can't
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