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How do we pursue hope and healing in the midst of personal and social brokenness? For Season 5 of the Love is Stronger than Fear podcast, you can look forward to hearing from filmmakers and authors and practitioners about FAITH and healing, DISABILITY and healing, SELF-CARE and healing, and how we can begin to REPAIR our social fabric. Begins September 7!

Love Is Stronger Than Fear with Amy Julia Becker Amy Julia Becker

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 46 Ratings

How do we pursue hope and healing in the midst of personal and social brokenness? For Season 5 of the Love is Stronger than Fear podcast, you can look forward to hearing from filmmakers and authors and practitioners about FAITH and healing, DISABILITY and healing, SELF-CARE and healing, and how we can begin to REPAIR our social fabric. Begins September 7!

    How the Indigenous New Testament Helps Us All with Terry Wildman

    How the Indigenous New Testament Helps Us All with Terry Wildman

    “In some ways, we judge the story by the storyteller.” Colonialism corrupted the beautiful message of the Gospel when it forced Christianity on Indigenous people. The First Nations Version of the New Testament (FNV) seeks to remove those colonial barriers and present the beauty of Jesus’ story. Terry Wildman, lead translator and project manager of FNV, talks with Amy Julia about how this translation is a gift from Native people to Native people, as well as to the dominant culture and the Church as a whole.

    SHOW NOTES (go to amyjuliabecker.com/terry-wildman/ for complete show notes and for BOOK GIVEAWAY info)

    Guest Bio:

    “Terry M. Wildman (Ojibwe and Yaqui) is the lead translator, general editor, and project manager of the First Nations Version. He serves as the director of spiritual growth and leadership development for Native InterVarsity. He is also the founder of Rain Ministries.”
    Connect Online:
    Website: firstnationsversion.comInstagram: @fnv.ntFacebook: @FirstNationsVersionTwitter: @TerryMWildmanOn the Podcast:
    First Nations VersionMore books by Terry Wildman: Birth of the Chosen One, When the Great Spirit Walked Among UsThe Song of Bitter Tears (Luke 1:46–55, Magnificat)Translation processInterview Quotes
    “…Christianity was brought to our Native people and forced on us, technically. In some sense, we didn’t make our own decision from reading the Bible or from hearing the gospel. We didn’t make our own decision. We were told this is what we have to do. And so to me faith comes out of a willing heart that hears...the story of the gospel.”
    “Even the word ‘church’ can bring up barriers because of those [colonial] experiences. So we intentionally used other words so that those barriers don’t immediately go up. We’re not trying to deceive anyone or any of our Native people. We’re just trying to present the Scriptures in a way so that the barriers that the colonial experiment on our people produced aren’t in the way."
    “This [translation] is not only a gift from Native people to other Native people, but it’s also a gift from a group of Native people to the dominant culture…it opens up new ways of seeing God.”
    “When you take something as beautiful as the gospel—and I believe the gospel is a wonderful, beautiful story when it’s understood—and when you force that on somebody, in oppressive ways, you destroy the message of it because Native people, traditionally, we don’t just listen to the story. We evaluate the storyteller. And if the storyteller isn’t consistent with the story, then we don’t believe the story.”
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    Season 5 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my newest book, To Be Made Well, releasing Spring 2022...you can pre-order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.
    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day, as well as a video with closed captions on my YouTube Channel.

    • 44 min
    Black Jesus, White Spaces, and Sacred Beauty with Danté Stewart

    Black Jesus, White Spaces, and Sacred Beauty with Danté Stewart

    Black literature powerfully expands our theological imaginations. Danté Stewart, writer, speaker, and author of Shoutin’ in the Fire, talks with Amy Julia Becker about literature, theology, Black Jesus, and finding beauty and faith free from traditions bound to white spaces. 
    Giveaway: We’re giving away a copy of Shoutin’ in the Fire. To enter, complete the following 2 steps:
    Follow Amy Julia Becker on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.Share this podcast episode on one of the above social media platforms and tag Amy Julia when you share OR find this episode's post on one of Amy Julia’s social media accounts and comment about why you would like to win this book.Thanks to Penguin Random House for this giveaway.  Shipping to continental US addresses only. This giveaway ends on Saturday, November 20, at 11:59 pm EST.

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    Guest Bio:
    “Danté Stewart is a writer and speaker whose voice has been featured on CNN, The Washington Post, Christianity Today, Sojourners, The Witness: A Black Christian Collective, Comment Magazine, and more. He received his B.A. in Sociology from Clemson University. He is currently studying at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.”
    Connect Online:
    Website: www.dantecstewart.comTwitter & Instagram: @stewartdantec
    Show Notes, Links, and Quotes

    Danté provides a wealth of resources connected to Black literature and theology. For complete SHOW NOTES, QUOTES, and LINKS to all of these resources: go to: amyjuliabecker.com/dante-stewart/
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    Season 5 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my newest book, To Be Made Well, releasing Spring 2022...you can pre-order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.

    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day, as well as a video with closed captions on my YouTube Channel.

    • 54 min
    The Enneagram: A Tool for Healing with Suzanne Stabile

    The Enneagram: A Tool for Healing with Suzanne Stabile

    In a society filled with disconnect and division, how can the Enneagram guide us toward compassionate living within our communities? Suzanne Stabile, teacher and author of numerous books, including The Journey Toward Wholeness, talks with Amy Julia Becker about the Enneagram’s identification of the nine different ways of seeing the world and the healing available through naming who we are.

    We're giving away a copy of The Journey Toward Wholeness! Go to today's post on my Instagram for more info!

    Guest Bio:
    “Suzanne Stabile is a highly sought after speaker and teacher...After 25 years of studying the enneagram, learning from people’s stories, cultivating relationships, and learning under Father Richard Rohr, she has become a bestselling author and world class teacher of the Enneagram and how individuals can best utilize this spiritual tool.”
    Connect:
    suzannestabile.comInstagram: @suzannestabileFacebook: @EnneagramSuzTwitter: @SuzanneStabileOn the Podcast:
    Books: The Journey Toward Wholeness, The Road Back to You, The Path Between UsWorkshop: Know Your NumberSubscription Service: The TableThe Enneagram Journey podcast: episode with Morgan Harper NicholsConsolations by David WhyteSpeaking by the Numbers by Sean PalmerInterview Quotes
    “[The Enneagram] offers an awareness that there are nine different ways of seeing the world and your way isn’t everybody else’s, and that’s the primary cause, I think, of all the disconnects that keep us dividing and circling the wagons and thinking we’re right and everybody else is wrong.”
    “I’ve learned to ask myself three questions...‘Why am I moving toward this person? What if anything do I hope to get in return? And does the other person want my help?’...And then my fourth question has become, ‘If I say yes to this, what does that mean I’m saying no to?’”
    “We are an imbalanced society.”
    “You can’t change what you can’t name...[The Enneagram] names the things you already know but you have not been able to articulate about yourself. And once you can articulate them, you can do something about it.”
    “To assume that we’re all having the same experience in a room, in a family, in a small group, in a women’s group—we’re just not. And to make room for difference [is]...for sure a step toward us living more compassionate lives as we try to live together in one city, town, group, school, church. All gifts are necessary.”
    “It doesn’t matter what you have to say if people can’t hear you.”
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    Season 5 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my newest book, To Be Made Well, releasing Spring 2022. Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.
    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day, as well as a video with closed captions on my YouTube Channel.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    What’s So Controversial About Critical Race Theory? with David Bailey

    What’s So Controversial About Critical Race Theory? with David Bailey

    We’ve heard the rhetoric that demonizes Critical Race Theory. But should citizens of the Kingdom of God have a different response? David Bailey, executive director of Arrabon, talks with Amy Julia Becker about Critical Race Theory and peacemaking, the removal of Confederate monuments, and the use of history as a means to heal.

    Show Notes:

    Guest Bio:
    David Bailey is the executive director of Arrabon, which exists to “equip Christian leaders and their communities for the work of reconciliation. Our digital study series, worship resources, and Transformational Journey training modules are designed to help you build a reconciling community that brings healing and wholeness to our broken and divided world.”

    Connect Online:
    arrabon.comInstagram: @wearearrabonFacebook: @wearearrabonTwitter: @wearearrabon
    On the Podcast:
    ArrabonBailey on previous podcast episodes: Waking Up to Privilege and Loving Our Enemies in a Nation DividedRace, Class, and the Kingdom of God study seriesWebinar—CRT: How to Respond as Citizens of the Kingdom of God (not yet available)Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw1619 ProjectNew York Times article with Bailey
    Interview Quotes


    “I think what’s even more important than what CRT is is our understanding of: What does it mean to be a citizen of the Kingdom of God?”


    “What is Critical Race Theory? How would people who engage in that discipline define it? What are some of the image-bearing gifts…And what are the ways that it falls short?…It is our assignment to be peacemakers. It’s our assignment to be people engaging in a ministry of reconciliation.”


    “We can use history to hurt. We can use history to hide. We can use history as a means to heal.”

    “You see the good, bad, and the ugly of humanity [in the Bible], but when we talk about American history, it’s almost considered you’re being un-American to say anything negative about our history.”

    “We can give empathy to folks whether we agree with people or not. I think this is a very important practice to do, particularly as a person who follows Jesus.”


    “What’s the right and honorable thing to do to speak the truth in love, to actually engage in the truth…to look at complex, sinful human beings and how we’ve engaged with one another and to actually be agents of peacemaking and reconciliation, not just only for today but for our children and the next generation.”
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    Season 5 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my newest book, To Be Made Well, releasing Spring 2022...you can pre-order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.


    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day, as well as a video with closed captions on my 

    • 51 min
    The Spaciousness of Limits with Ashley Hales

    The Spaciousness of Limits with Ashley Hales

    A life without limits is part of the American dream. But what if living within limits is the key to a spacious life? What if we say “no” to hustle and hurry? Ashley Hales, author of A Spacious Life, talks with Amy Julia Becker about the benefits of limits, the goodness of interdependence within community, and the space needed to be attentive to others.

    Show Notes:

    Guest Bio:
    “Ashley Hales is a writer, speaker, podcast host, and holds a PhD in English from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the author of Finding Holy in the Suburbs and A Spacious Life. Listen to The Finding Holy Podcast wherever you listen to podcasts and connect with Ashley at aahales.com or @aahales on Instagram and Twitter.”
    On the Podcast:
    Ashley’s books: Finding Holy in the Suburbs and A Spacious LifePsalm 16:6; Psalm 18:19Quote misattributed to Walter Brueggemann is from Frederick BuechnerSteven GarberInterview Quotes
    “Limits are actually embedded in creation.”
    “We have spread ourselves out so thinly that we have transgressed; we’ve gone beyond those good guardrails—those good, natural, human limits that God intended for our flourishing. We’ve bypassed them for hustle and hurry.”
    “God’s good limits are actually for our flourishing. They enable creativity. They enable rest. They enable purpose and joy and connection. And when we live without limits, we live exhausted, where the goalposts of success are continually moving.”
    “[How might choices] begin to bring more freedom for others, moving us outward from this boxed-in, closed-off sense where really life is all about me and my personal happiness and my sense of unlimited autonomy, which is what the American way tells us is the good life?”
    “To love someone well means that we are accepting constraints “ 
    “Jesus invites us into the constraints, particularly of the church as our first and new family, so we can live for the life of the world...The point of community is to actually bless our world wherever we are.”
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    Season 5 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my newest book, To Be Made Well, releasing Spring 2022...you can pre-order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.
    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day, as well as a video with closed captions on my YouTube Channel.

    • 44 min
    God Has Something to Say About Privilege with Dominique Gilliard

    God Has Something to Say About Privilege with Dominique Gilliard

    What is privilege? How can we leverage it to proclaim God’s love to the world and create communities that flourish? Dominique DuBois Gilliard, the author of Subversive Witness, talks with Amy Julia about the church and privilege, economic justice, and how to leverage privilege in order to demonstrate the Gospel in innovative and faithful ways.

    Show Notes:
    Guest Bio: “Dominique DuBois Gilliard is the Director of Racial Righteousness and Reconciliation for the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is the author of Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores, which won a 2018 Book of the Year Award for InterVarsity Press and was named Outreach Magazine’s 2019 Social Issues Resource of the Year. Gilliard’s latest book, Subversive Witness: Scripture’s Call to Leverage Privilege was just published by Zondervan. Gilliard also serves as an adjunct professor at North Park Theological Seminary in its School of Restorative Arts and serves on the board of directors for the Christian Community Development Association. In 2015, the Huffington Post named him one of the “Black Christian Leaders Changing the World.”

    Connect Online:
    TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTubeOn the Podcast:
    Season 3 interview with Dominique (about his book Rethinking Incarceration)Books by Dominique: Rethinking Incarceration and Subversive WitnessSubversive Witness video-based small group curriculumAmy Julia’s book about privilege: White Picket FencesScripture: Esther, Lamentations, Isaiah 58:12, Jeremiah 29:6-8, Psalm 139:23-24, John 13:34-35Justice depositsFREE RESOURCE: Head, Heart, Hands Action GuideQuotes:
    “There’s privilege connected to embodiment, so how our bodies are constructed…race, gender, able-bodiedness, mental cognition…this form of privilege slowly but surely starts to negate the biblical truth that we are equitably made in the image of God. It starts to create this sliding scale of humanity where some lives are respected, protected, and valued over and against others.”

    “We have been conditioned, and dare I say discipled, to think about good intentions as more important than the impact of our actions.”
    Season 5 of the Love Is Stronger Than Fear podcast connects to themes in my newest book, To Be Made Well, releasing Spring 2022. You can pre-order here! Learn more about my writing and speaking at amyjuliabecker.com.
    *A transcript of this episode will be available within one business day, as well as a video with closed captions on my YouTube Channel.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

mk<3happy ,

Soooooo good!

I can’t even remember how I accidentally found this podcast but I’m SO thankful that I did!! I started with the episode about crt and I could have wept while listening just because I loved how the focus was on peacemaking while also objectively looking at truth (as opposed to passionate ranting, polarization etc). I can’t wait to listen to more episodes - I’ve already shared this one with about 15 people!!

Capuchie ,

Very important!!

Wow, I love this podcast. Amy Julia does a fantastic job selecting and interviewing guests on hard and fascinating topics. I have learned so much and highly recommend this podcast to anyone interested in the gospel and racial justice, privilege, disability, and many other interesting issues.

Stargracerlily ,

Thought-provoking and kind

Amy Julia discusses tough topics with a thoughtfulness and kindness that is much needed in this world. She also invites a wide variety of guests that provide even more depth to the conversations.

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