The Bible Bash Podcast
Jesus and the Glory Seekers: Mark 10: 35-45

Jesus and the Glory Seekers: Mark 10: 35-45

December 30, 2021

For his December Bash, Don takes a close and insightful look at Mark’s gospel and Jesus’ interactions with James and John, who wish to be seated at Jesus’ side and share in his glory. Or, so they say when they ask Jesus to do something for them.

In his reading, Don peels back the layers of this story to expose what appears to be a first-century, discipleship power-grab. And, of course, Don has some thoughts about this, as well as Jesus’ revealing response to James and John.

After some lively discussion, Liam shares another text: a reading from Steven Charleston’s Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage (Broadleaf Books, 2021).

From Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder’s Meditations on Hope and Courage:

Justice does not just happen. Compassion is not a spectator sport, but something I have to exercise as I roll up my sleeves to do my part in creating a better community.I need to put in my hours as a volunteer. I have to join the prayer crew and put my life on the line to make a difference. The world will change not by wishes, but by the labor of love we call faith. Spirituality is not a spa, but a construction site, where we build hope one heart at a time.

...we need to remember we are here to serve others. This is not all about us and it never has been. It is about community. It is about the tribe of the human beings. We have a constituency as people of faith. There are other human beings and other life forms we work for.

They are listening. The poor are listening for the word of justice to give them hope. The lonely are listening for the sound of a caring heart. The abused and broken are listening for the healing sound of mercy. The fearful are listening for a word of truth that can set them free. Many people listening, but what are they hearing? Break their silence with the sound of the words the Spirit has given you. Speak hope and mercy, speak justice and truth, say what you believe that will heal and help. Now is not the time to be quiet, for there is an ocean of listening all around you, waiting for the word of life.

What made my ancestors strong, what allowed them to survive, was faith. A faith practiced every day, recreating reality one step at a time.

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In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. This book actually defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Liam weaves together inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. It is Inventive, artful, and liberating. Available on Amazon and published by Otherwise Engaged.  

About US

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, , Liam Michael Hooper, a white trans Bible scholar and Don Durham, a white, cis, heterosexual farmer, minister, and podcaster take turns presenting the text. They then discuss. In addition, each episode they present another text, a non-Biblical text of note--religious or secular--that may or may not correspond to the Bible text. 

Bible Bash Podcast is a collaborative project created by Liam Hooper, Don Durham, and Peterson Toscano.  

Our theme song is Playbill by The Jellyrox. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, or through Rock Candy Recordings. You also heard One More Moment by Indigo Days. The show is edited by Peterson Toscano

To share your questions, comments, requests for passages to be discussed, or suggestions for guests who can talk about texts, email Liam & Don:  convos@biblebashpodcast.com 

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Bible Bash Podcast is part of the Rock Candy Network 

Bible Bash logo was designed by Diana Coe at Crone Communications

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Whose Fall Is It Anyway? Eve & the Serpent — Genesis 3

Whose Fall Is It Anyway? Eve & the Serpent — Genesis 3

December 1, 2021

Diving into Genesis stories again, in this episode, Liam offers us a different view of the so-called Fall story found in Genesis 3. Reading the encounter between Eve and the serpent in a new way, and drawing on Rashi and his commentary on the story, Liam invites us to see the story as a trauma story, first, and then poses the question of who really sinned, Eve or the Serpent.

As often happens, Don and Liam raise more questions through the conversation. Still, they invite us to look deeply at our relationship to creation, our relationships with one another, and how we respond to those among us who have suffered the fracturing of trust.


Then, as is the Bible Bash custom, Don closes with another text. This time, he shares thoughts from a wise Quaker elder, Dorothy H. Hutchinson.

A Painful Discrepancy

The basis of Friends’ social concerns is the same as the basis of Quakerism as a whole – the belief of the within-ness of God. This is not original with Friends. Many other groups have believe that God is within, as well as above and beyond us. However, the emphasis on the within-ness of God in all human beings, in the capacity of the individual to communicate directly with God, to experience the spirit of Christ and express it in every aspect of life has led us to adopt patterns of behavior which may be considered distinctively Quaker.

This is the spiritual basis of the Friends’ distinctive form of meeting for worship – waiting in the Light for direct revelation of God’s will for us. It is  the basis for the distinctive for of meeting for business – seeking unity in the Spirit. And it is the basis for all the social testimonies. For centuries Friends have been exploring the application of this belief in the within-ness of God in all of us to the problems of human relations and the end is certainly not yet.

A Quaker social concern seems characteristically to arise in a sensitive individual or very small group – often decades before it grips the Society of Friends as a whole and as much as a century or more before it appeals to the secular world…

The concern arises as a revelation to an individual that there is a painful discrepancy between existing social conditions and what God wills for society and that this discrepancy is not being adequately dealt with. The next step is the determination of the individual to do something about it – not because they are particularly well fitted to tackle the problem, but simply because no one else seems to be doing it.

Dorothy H. Hutchinson: The spiritual basis of Quaker social concerns, 1961, pp. 1-2.

Friends General Conference

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In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. This book actually defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Liam weaves together inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. It is Inventive, artful, and liberating. Available on Amazon and published by Otherwise Engaged.  

About US

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, , Liam Michael Hooper, a white trans Bible scholar and Don Durham, a white, cis, heterosexual farmer, minister, and podcaster take turns presenting the text. They then discuss. In addition, each episode they present another text, a non-Biblical text of note--religious or secular--that may or may not correspond to the Bible text. 

Bible Bash Podcast is a collaborative project created by Liam Hooper, Don Durham, and Peterson Toscano.  

Our theme song is Playbill by The Jellyrox. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, or through Rock Candy Recordings. The show is edited by Peterson Toscano

To share your questions, comments, requests for passages to be discussed, or suggestions for guests who can talk about texts, email Liam & Don:  convos@biblebashpodcast.com 

Follow on Twitter

@BibleBash

Liam @LiMHooper

Don @RealDonDurham

Bible Bash Podcast is part of the Rock Candy Network 

Bible Bash logo was designed by Diana Coe at Crone Communications

Check out other Rock Candy podcasts

Foot-Washing Mary Foils Purse-Snatching Judas–John 12

Foot-Washing Mary Foils Purse-Snatching Judas–John 12

November 1, 2021

In this Bible Bash episode, Don invites us into a closer look at what is going on with Judas when he rails at Mary for wasting expensive perfume on washing Jesus’ feet. In other gospel versions of the story, the woman who washes Jesus’ feet is unknown to us, but in John’s version of events, it is Mary, sister to Lazarus, who performs the intimate act of foot washing. And it is Judas, Jesus’ eventual betrayer, who complains. 

Listen as Don has some things to say about Judas, stealer of the community purse, his self-serving agenda, and Liam offers some thoughts about his own research into this well-known, often superficially read Bible story. In closing, Liam shares some lines from a poem he is working on, “What Place Might Hold Us?,” in which he imagines speaking to his ancestors. 

 

(Poem text if you need it/want it)

What Place Might Hold Us

If we could gather ourselves

together somewhere 

between 

your time and mine,

what place might hold us?

 

Where, and what, is the space between

my world and your worlds

near enough to bridge the distances

and differences, familiar

enough for each, and all,

 

to find footing, make a way,

carve a seat from earth and stone, 

grass and shrub, clover and trees, 

from all our lingering 

undiscovered longing and, at last, rest?

 

Because I am who I am—

alive, walking as I do with a catch in my right hip,

struggling these days to work, create, or even open a jar 

as my Brockman thumbs weaken more and more at the main joint,

 

like my mother’s, and my uncles’ and their father’s

(and, likely, his father’s and his father’s, and his before him);

because my left eye squints more than my right 

when I smile; because I sometimes hear lizards,

see wind, grow things, and walk with deer;

 

because the highlands know and call my name;

because I refuse to be made other than who I am

and have paid for that in deep-running, 

ancient blood that travels far, flows, submerges 

and surfaces like mountain springs, through you, in me;

 

because I have worked, made things, dared to live, and died 

before I was born, more than once, and still I have striven

and failed, wrestled and prevailed, grown to hear my name,

been changed and learned from my journey-bearing hip,

 

from hard things and been softened; I have
seen love is grown, like selfhood, in the daily doing of it;

because I have done a few things and dreamed of even more—
because I am who I am and I have dared to live,

I know you were.

 

I know you were here. I know you 

have been speaking, are speaking, still—

do you know I have been,

I am, here 

learning to listen?

 

What if we could call ourselves

together

beckoning back as far as the winds, the tree roots,

streams, hawks and crickets can carry

the rising sounds of our voices—

 

reaching out farther and father, back and back, 

and back farther still, until our wistful words become ghostly

whispers in time-echoing valleys?

What space might hold 

our answering presence?

 

What might we come knowing, bearing

wisdom burdens, nearly lost treasures, 

and deep-veined, living stories

in our knotted, life-worn, sometimes weak-thumbed, 

still ever-grasping hands?

 

What might we ask one another, understanding 

the needful question is never the one imagined 

and it makes its way over tongue and teeth 

as if it has been there—been here—before, 

desperate to return, emerging in utterance?

 

Would you know me as we draw near, see yourself

in my gray-green eyes searching for signs of myself 

across the ever-thinning veil between 

Moigh and Georgia, highland and lowland, Franklin 

and this place, this place and Sinai, and even Eden?

 

What might we say to one another,

to all of us gathered, kin to kin, collecting ourselves 

in blood, bone, and yearning, present 

and worded into whatever strange, mystical 

space emerges, able and willing like cradles to hold us?

 

Regardless, because I dared to live, I know

you were here. I know you have been speaking,

are always speaking, on wind and stream 

ripples, crow calls, lizard-whispers 

and always, in dreams.

 

Do you know I have been, I am,

here—my world-worn, knotted, working hands grasping,

in ground and world, within and beyond this slight, sturdy body, 

reaching for green growing things and something like joy, place,

perhaps understanding, and sometimes life itself.

Do you know I am speaking, 

across the distances and differences—

with every new-day, rising up 

and going forth, catching on my stubborn wrested hip,
making my way—

 

with every rising, I am speaking

gratitude that you were,

that you are 

ever here

that you dared to live.

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In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. This book actually defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Liam weaves together inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. It is Inventive, artful, and liberating. Available on Amazon and published by Otherwise Engaged.  

About US

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, , Liam Michael Hooper, a white trans Bible scholar and Don Durham, a white, cis, heterosexual farmer, minister, and podcaster take turns presenting the text. They then discuss. In addition, each episode they present another text, a non-Biblical text of note--religious or secular--that may or may not correspond to the Bible text. 

Bible Bash Podcast is a collaborative project created by Liam Hooper, Don Durham, and Peterson Toscano.  

Our theme song is Playbill by The Jellyrox. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, or through Rock Candy Recordings. The show is edited by Peterson Toscano

To share your questions, comments, requests for passages to be discussed, or suggestions for guests who can talk about texts, email Liam & Don:  convos@biblebashpodcast.com 

Follow on Twitter

@BibleBash

Liam @LiMHooper

Don @RealDonDurham

Bible Bash Podcast is part of the Rock Candy Network 

Bible Bash logo was designed by Diana Coe at Crone Communications

Check out other Rock Candy podcasts

 

Poet, Maya Williams: Judas and Suicide

Poet, Maya Williams: Judas and Suicide

September 30, 2021

In mid-August, Liam and Don were joined by Portland Maine’s Poet Laureate, Maya Williams. Maya is not only a creative, gifted spoken word artist and poet, they are also a suicide survivor, theological thinker, and utterly enchanting person.

In this episode, Maya shares their poem, “Judas and Suicide,” and offers us a thought-provoking and spiritually penetrating reframing of the traditional religious views of suicidal ideation and suicide. Maya, Don, and Liam then talk honestly and openly about this sensitive topic, as Maya offers us a glimpse of a God who is present in our suffering and accompanies us, rejecting human views of sin and drenching us in grace and loving understanding that the world is, sometimes, a hard place to be.

Before closing, Maya offers us another poem to consider. 

Read about Maya and read Maya’s work at https://www.mayawilliamspoet.com/

 

Maya’s other text:

Curses, Suicide, and “Just Pray About It”

“So the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs. Then the herd rushed down the

steep slope into the lake, and about two thousand were drowned in the lake.” Mark 5:13

NET

 

I jump off and hold my breath.

 

There on the hillside, a great herd of pigs was feeding.

 

My father

asks

Can you focus

 

And the demonic spirits begged him,

 

on having fun

today

at the lake house?

There is

trouble

in your spirit

 

‘Send us into the pigs. Let us enter them.’

 

Bubbles rev through my nose as I sink.

 

My father

says

you can’t change the past.

 

Jesus gave them permission.

 

He never

says

that

when I describe a

positive

 

memory to him.

 

So the unclean spirits came out and went into the pigs.

 

I want to keep myself from floating up.

 

I try to I hold it all

in

so the lake can swallow me.

 

Then the herd rushed down the steep slope into the lake,

 

The coward

in me

returns for air.

My dad

affirms

curses can be broken.

Just

pray

about

it.

 

I did not conjure my depression.

 

I do not

tell

him

there is little to no

correlation

between prayer and wellness.

I ask if we can go

swimming

again tomorrow afternoon.

 

and about two thousand were drowned in the lake.

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In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. This book actually defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Liam weaves together inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. It is Inventive, artful, and liberating. Available on Amazon and published by Otherwise Engaged.  

About US

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, , Liam Michael Hooper, a white trans Bible scholar and Don Durham, a white, cis, heterosexual farmer, minister, and podcaster take turns presenting the text. They then discuss. In addition, each episode they present another text, a non-Biblical text of note--religious or secular--that may or may not correspond to the Bible text. 

Bible Bash Podcast is a collaborative project created by Liam Hooper, Don Durham, and Peterson Toscano.  

Our theme song is Playbill by The Jellyrox. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, or through Rock Candy Recordings. The show is edited by Peterson Toscano

To share your questions, comments, requests for passages to be discussed, or suggestions for guests who can talk about texts, email Liam & Don:  convos@biblebashpodcast.com 

Follow on Twitter

@BibleBash

Liam @LiMHooper

Don @RealDonDurham

Bible Bash Podcast is part of the Rock Candy Network 

Bible Bash logo was designed by Diana Coe at Crone Communications

Check out other Rock Candy podcasts

 

Baalam and the Truth Telling  — Numbers 22

Baalam and the Truth Telling — Numbers 22

August 30, 2021

The story of Balaam is a fantastic tale complete with conversations with God, angels with swords drawn, a seemingly stubborn talking donkey, and a seerer’s blessings and curses. What if anything can we learn from this story about our relationships to God and to one another?


In this episode, Liam takes a look at the ways in which we are conditioned to read biblical texts and asks questions about what it means to miss the angel standing in the road, as well as what it means to be a person who beats the truth-tellers among us. More, Liam asks what might it mean to be the talking, truth-telling ass - and to be repeatedly beaten-up for speaking out.

After some discussion, Don offers another text for our reflection.

It's not the end of the world

No, not the end of the world

Throw on your fancy attire, fears in the fire

Don't lose hope

It's no funeral we're attending

Actually, just the beginning

Throw on your fancy attire, fears in the fire

Don't lose hope

It's not the end of the

No, not the end of the world

You can catch a star if the sky is falling down

There's a golden lining up in every single cloud

You can take a frown turn it all the way around

All the way around, all the, all the way around

A fortune teller told me the power's in your mind

You might see a cliff, but I see a way to fly

Flipping off the flop, now I just enjoy the ride

Just enjoy the world, yeah, I just enjoy the ride

what a time

to be alive

Don't say goodbye

It's not the end of the world

No, not the end of the world

Throw on your fancy attire, fears in the fire

Don't lose hope

It's no funeral we're attending

Actually, just the beginning

Throw on your fancy attire, fears in the fire

Don't lose hope

It's not the end of the

No, not the end of the world

You can make a wish even on a satellite

On a plastic lash or anything you like

You can tame a dragon if you're not afraid to fight

Not afraid to fight, no, not afraid

what a time

to be alive

Don't say goodbye (don't say goodbye)

It's not the end of the world

No, not the end of the world

Throw on your fancy attire, fears in the fire

Don't lose hope

It's no funeral we're attending

Actually, just the beginning

Throw on your fancy attire, fears in the fire

Don't lose hope

Don't say goodbye

Don't say goodbye

Written by: Katy Perry / Paul Leka / Dale Frashuer / Gary De Carlo / Jacob Kasher Hindlin / Andrew Goldstein / Michael Pollack / Madison Love

In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. This book actually defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Liam weaves together inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. It is Inventive, artful, and liberating. Available on Amazon and published by Otherwise Engaged.  

About US

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, , Liam Michael Hooper, a white trans Bible scholar and Don Durham, a white, cis, heterosexual farmer, minister, and podcaster take turns presenting the text. They then discuss. In addition, each episode they present another text, a non-Biblical text of note--religious or secular--that may or may not correspond to the Bible text. 

Bible Bash Podcast is a collaborative project created by Liam Hooper, Don Durham, and Peterson Toscano.  

Our theme song is Playbill by The Jellyrox. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, or through Rock Candy Recordings. The show is edited by Peterson Toscano

To share your questions, comments, requests for passages to be discussed, or suggestions for guests who can talk about texts, email Liam & Don:  convos@biblebashpodcast.com 

Follow on Twitter

@BibleBash

Liam @LiMHooper

Don @RealDonDurham

Bible Bash Podcast is part of the Rock Candy Network 

Bible Bash logo was designed by Diana Coe at Crone Communications

Check out other Rock Candy podcasts

 

Isaiah, Immigrants, and Eunuchs–Isaiah 56

Isaiah, Immigrants, and Eunuchs–Isaiah 56

July 30, 2021

In this month’s episode of the Bible Bash podcast, new co-host Don Durham leads us through a deep dive into the layered messages gleaned from Isaiah 56 - the classic text where the prophet proclaims God’s favor for foreigners and eunuchs.

In his studious way, Don takes us through a short framing history of the distinct periods in the collection of prophetic episodes attributed to the prophet, Isaiah. Don asserts that, not only does this chapter affirm immigrants, strangers, and differently-bodied, gender-transcendent persons, the whole of Isaiah repeatedly proclaims a single unifying message:

“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” Isaiah 1:17.”

For The Other Text Liam reads a passage out of the book, A Year with Thomas Merton: Daily Meditations from His Journals. The reading is accompanied by the song Aim for the Stars by Rand Aldo. It is available on EpidemicSound.com. 

In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. This book actually defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Liam weaves together inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. It is Inventive, artful, and liberating. Available on Amazon and published by Otherwise Engaged.  

About US

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, , Liam Michael Hooper, a white trans Bible scholar and Don Durham, a white, cis, heterosexual farmer, minister, and podcaster take turns presenting the text. They then discuss. In addition, each episode they present another text, a non-Biblical text of note--religious or secular--that may or may not correspond to the Bible text. 

Bible Bash Podcast is a collaborative project created by Liam Hooper, Don Durham, and Peterson Toscano.  

Our theme song is Playbill by The Jellyrox. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, or through Rock Candy Recordings. The show is edited by Peterson Toscano

To share your questions, comments, requests for passages to be discussed, or suggestions for guests who can talk about texts, email Liam & Don:  convos@biblebashpodcast.com 

Follow on Twitter

@BibleBash

Liam @LiMHooper

Don @RealDonDurham

Bible Bash Podcast is part of the Rock Candy Network 

Bible Bash logo was designed by Diana Coe at Crone Communications

Check out other Rock Candy podcasts

 

Genesis 3 Clothing Our Disappointment Adam, Eve, and God in the Garden

Genesis 3 Clothing Our Disappointment Adam, Eve, and God in the Garden

June 30, 2021

From his continued curiosity about how we develop theologies that sustain us during periods of disappointment, Liam takes a look at Genesis 3.

Regular listeners may recall the Drawing Near episode when Liam shared the story of a Rabbi, at his conversion, asking him, Do you have a theology of disappointment to sustain you when the institution of Judaism and your fellow Jews disappoint you?

In this episode, Liam confesses this question continues to pester and inspire him. From the position of thinking through those moments when he disappoints himself, when other people leave him crestfallen, and he feels a bit disconsolate about human nature, Liam takes a closer look at the story of Adam and Eve and their troubling misadventure in the garden of Eden.

Afterward, Don offers an other text for consideration—surprisingly, a short paragraph from Liam’s book, Trans-Forming Proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence

Available NOW! Check out Liam Hooper's NEW Book

In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. This book actually defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Liam weaves together inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. It is Inventive, artful, and liberating. Available on Amazon and published by Otherwise Engaged.  

About US

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, , Liam Michael Hooper, a white trans Bible scholar and Don Durham, a white, cis, heterosexual farmer, minister, and podcaster take turns presenting the text. They then discuss. In addition, each episode they present another text, a non-Biblical text of note--religious or secular--that may or may not correspond to the Bible text. 

Bible Bash Podcast is a collaborative project created by Liam Hooper, Don Durham, and Peterson Toscano.  

Our theme song is Playbill by The Jellyrox. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, or through Rock Candy Recordings. The show is edited by Peterson Toscano

To share your questions, comments, requests for passages to be discussed, or suggestions for guests who can talk about texts, email Liam & Don:  convos@biblebashpodcast.com 

Follow on Twitter

@BibleBash

Liam @LiMHooper

Don @RealDonDurham

Bible Bash Podcast is part of the Rock Candy Network 

Bible Bash logo was designed by Diana Coe at Crone Communications

Check out other Rock Candy podcasts

 

Mark 11: 15-19 Turning Over Tables

Mark 11: 15-19 Turning Over Tables

May 31, 2021

Have you heard the story of Jesus’ hissy fit in the temple, turning over tables and ranting about the house of God being a house of prayer for all the peoples? Have you ever wondered what that apparent temper tantrum was all about? In this episode, Don offers his thoughts about the tale as we find in the Gospel of Mark. In his discussion, Don poses the possibility that Jesus was saying the quiet part out loud - really loud, in fact. Give a listen as Don and Liam take a closer look at the story.

For the Other Text, Liam reads Mary Oliver's Morning Poem from Mary Oliver's Dream Work collection, (1986, The Atlantic Monthly Press.) 

Available NOW! Check out Liam Hooper's NEW Book

In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. This book actually defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Liam weaves together inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. It is Inventive, artful, and liberating. Available on Amazon and published by Otherwise Engaged.  

About US

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, , Liam Michael Hooper, a white trans Bible scholar and Don Durham, a white, cis, heterosexual farmer, minister, and podcaster take turns presenting the text. They then discuss. In addition, each episode they present another text, a non-Biblical text of note--religious or secular--that may or may not correspond to the Bible text. 

Bible Bash Podcast is a project of Ministries Beyond Welcome

Our theme song is Playbill by The Jellyrox. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, or through Rock Candy Recordings. The show is edited by Peterson Toscano. 

To share your questions, comments, requests for passages to be discussed, or suggestions for guests who can talk about texts, email Liam & Don:  ministriesbeyondwelcome@gmail.com

Follow on Twitter

@BibleBash

Liam @LiMHooper

Don @RealDonDurham

Bible Bash Podcast is part of the Rock Candy Network 

Bible Bash logo was designed by Diana Coe at Crone Communications

Check out other Rock Candy podcasts

 

 

Matthew 20: 1-16 –Wandering with Jesus: Children, Laborers, and Justice

Matthew 20: 1-16 –Wandering with Jesus: Children, Laborers, and Justice

April 30, 2021

In this month’s episode, Liam and Don take a look at Jesus’ teaching on the laborers in the vineyard through the larger story of Jesus engaging with the people. Liam explores the tendency to isolate Jesus’ teachings and parables from their story-based, literary contexts.

Liam proposes that the author of Matthew’s gospel (like the authors of each gospel) intentionally connected the teachings with the events surrounding them. As an example, Liam considers the vineyard teaching in conversation with Jesus blessing the children (Matt 19) as he goes about the towns blessing people, tending the sick, feeding people, and teaching.

Don and Liam share some lively discussion about the implications of these teachings, especially when we consider the teachings in the context of the stories about how Jesus interacts with communities.

Before closing, Don shares the lyrics to Ani DiFranco’s song Coming Up. Musical track Zero Remorse by Jon Sumner from Epidemic Music. 

Available NOW! Check out Liam Hooper's NEW Book

In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. This book actually defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Liam weaves together inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. It is Inventive, artful, and liberating. Available on Amazon and published by Otherwise Engaged.  

About US

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, , Liam Michael Hooper, a white trans Bible scholar and Don Durham, a white, cis, heterosexual farmer, minister, and podcaster take turns presenting the text. They then discuss. In addition, each episode they present another text, a non-Biblical text of note--religious or secular--that may or may not correspond to the Bible text. 

Bible Bash Podcast is a project of Ministries Beyond Welcome

Our theme song is Playbill by The Jellyrox. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, or through Rock Candy Recordings. The show is edited by Peterson Toscano. 

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Drawing Near—Genesis 44

Drawing Near—Genesis 44

March 26, 2021

In this episode of the Bible Bash podcast, Liam Hooper does a new thing.

First, Liam invites listeners to draw near to our new co-host, Don Durham, and invites Don to draw near to listeners as well. We learn a little about Don, who is - among other things - a trained organizational change and transition consultant, and strategic coach helping clients be who they want to be and accomplish what they want to accomplish. Don is also an ordained minister who runs a small farm where he grows food to give away and hosts a podcast about what people are doing to end hunger. 

Don and Liam then weave into their conversation a deeper look at the complicated story between Joseph and his brother, especially, Judah. What does the Hebrew phrase, vayigash, mean? And why does the text tell us that Judah, who is already in close proximity to Joseph, draws near to him?

What can we learn from this text about our own sometimes complicated paths to one another, more relationally, and what can we learn about our positions as would be allies and receivers of ally-ship? Listen in as Liam and Don offer some thoughts on these questions.

At the close, as we do, Don offers another, non-Biblical text, a Wendell Berry poem, A Dance.

To find out more about Don Durham, follow these links:
farm:  https://healingspringsacres.org/

podcast:  https://welcometothetablepodcast.com/

coaching:  https://healingspringsacres.org/coaching/

A Dance by Wendell Berry

The stepping stones, once

in a row along the slope,

have drifted out of line,

pushed by frosts and rains.

Walking is no longer thoughtless

over them, but alert as dancing,

as tense and poised, to step

short, and long, and then

longer, right, and then left.

At the winter's end, I dance the history of its weather.

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In Trans-Forming Proclamation, Liam Hooper tenderly explores gender and the Bible. This book actually defies genre. With rich patches of poetry, memoir, and devotional, Liam weaves together inspiring literary insights with grounded, original, and informed scholarship. Trans-Forming proclamation: A Transgender Theology of Daring Existence is new wine in a new wine skin. It is Inventive, artful, and liberating. Available on Amazon and published by Otherwise Engaged.  

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