Category: Bible Bash Podcast

Resisting Empire : The Book of Daniel, Star Wars and Lorca

In the latest episode of Bible Bash podcast Liam Hooper presents a story of empire and the various subversive ways Daniel survived and resisted the Babylonian Empire. Often oppressed people must caretake their oppressors. This is true for LGBTQ people and many others. This deep dive into Daniel chapter five raises many questions about how to resist oppressions.

I then present “an other text,” a bilingual reading of Federico Garcia Lorca’s poem, Madrigales.

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, Peterson and co-host, Liam Michael Hooper, a Trans Bible scholar, 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

Other music by Raúl Díaz Palomar from Musica Para Poder Contra Verdad

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

Bible Bash Podcast is part of the Rock Candy Network

Bible Bash logo was designed by Diana Coe at Crone Communications

Featured Photo by Ashly Araya on Unsplash

Bible Bash Podcast Premieres

A Northern Belle and a Southern Gentleman

Discuss Bible Texts and Other Texts.

Gay Bible scholar Peterson Toscano & Trans Bible Scholar Liam Hooper present queer readings of the Bible.

Liam M. Hooper

It has been over a year in the works, but at long last Liam Hooper and I have dropped the first three episodes of Bible Bash Podcast. Each episode includes one of us talking about a Bible text. The other of us responds and asks questions and engages in a lively discussion. Finally, the one who did not present the Bible passage reads an “other text,” a non-Biblical text contemporary or ancient.

About Liam

Liam is an out, active, and proud trans-masculine  gender theorist, theological activist, educator, and professional trainer. He has previous experience as a mental health counselor, clinical director and program developer. Liam regularly appears as a workshop presenter and on panels at national conferences, is a an active member of Transfaith, and regularly collaborates with several other local, regional and national organizations.

Liam received a bachelors degree in Psychology from Winston Salem State and his MDiv from Wake Forest School of Divinity. Ordained within the United Church of Christ in 2016, Liam lives in North Carolina with his wife and their teenage son. He splits his time between his work and travel with MBW and completing a book of radical, trans-que(e)ried theology. When he can, he enjoys creative down-time in his wood shop, tending the iris beds, learning to play his guitar and mandolin, and spending time with his spouse.

About Bible Bash Podcast

The show is designed for LGBTQ+ people and our supporters/admirers, and weaves in Biblical scholarship with commentary about current events. Each episode is exactly 30 minutes in length. In future shows we want to open up the presenter role to include other people who are doing work around the Bible. You can hear the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher Radio, and Podbean. Our logo was designed by Diana Coe. The theme music is by the Jellyrox from the album Bang and Whimper. You can find it on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you listen to music.

In the first three episodes we look at

  1. The earth being in Genesis chapter two.
  2. The Other Ethiopian Eunuch in Jeremiah 38
  3. Hagar and Ishmael in Genesis 16 & 21

The “other texts” include two modern poems and a reading from the ancient poem Gilgamesh (which is delightfully queer.)

Liam and I would love to take suggestions and requests about passages to cover, so feel free to leave comments below. You can also connect with Liam through Ministries Beyond Welcome.

When you listen, you will hear a promo for my other new podcast Bubble&Squeak, but don’t look for it yet. It actually premieres later this month.

Here are the first three episodes of Bible Bash Podcast!!