38 episodes

A Better Story: B Sides explores how the Bible, in all of its messiness and imperfection, can be a better story than we often realize. Its ancient stories subvert the status quo, question authority, push us to think in new ways, ask us to love more deeply, and, if read well, keep us from ever thinking we have life or God figured out.  Don't forget to subscribe to A Better Story, which explores the sacred with leading authors, artists and scholars.

A Better Story: B Sides Sam Altis

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A Better Story: B Sides explores how the Bible, in all of its messiness and imperfection, can be a better story than we often realize. Its ancient stories subvert the status quo, question authority, push us to think in new ways, ask us to love more deeply, and, if read well, keep us from ever thinking we have life or God figured out.  Don't forget to subscribe to A Better Story, which explores the sacred with leading authors, artists and scholars.

    #38. Death, Resurrection and...Numerology?

    #38. Death, Resurrection and...Numerology?

    In a season where death may feel a little too prevalent, we might be able to find wisdom in a strange place: a number.

    • 10 min
    #37. Who Do You Trust?

    #37. Who Do You Trust?

    Who do you trust when it comes to spiritual guidance? Contrary to the church answer, it’s more than just Jesus.

    • 18 min
    #36. The Work Before the Work

    #36. The Work Before the Work

    What does it take to respond appropriately to prejudice and racism? Can the stories of Jesus give us guidance, even if they don’t give easy answers? Perhaps, at the very least, they can help us become the type of people who are open and grounded enough to confront racism in ourselves and our society.

    This episode mentions a couple of organizations doing amazing anti-racism work. Check them out:

    The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond

    Racial Equity Institute

    • 17 min
    #35. Hope and Mystery

    #35. Hope and Mystery

    Sometimes it seems like the Apostle Paul is an ass, or at least overly confident. Sometimes though, it turns out his letters may help us hold two contradictory ideas together and give us some spiritual guidance.

    • 14 min
    #34. Let's Get Ritual

    #34. Let's Get Ritual

    Sure, Leviticus is in the Bible, but what exactly is sacred about it? What good are a bunch of bizarre ancient laws?

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

    • 15 min
    #33. Rethinking Virginity

    #33. Rethinking Virginity

    Why are millions of people so invested in the sex life of an ancient Hebrew teenager? There has to be more to the virgin birth than what could be taught in sex ed. With a lighter approach and a whole lot of context, we may find a few options.

    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.

    • 15 min

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