Category: Bible Bash Podcast

He’s come down with a serious case of the demons. Bible Bash Ep 16

Mark chapter Five completely fascinates me. It is a day in the life of Jesus and the gang, and wow, what a wild ride. By the end of the day a whole bunch of people are angry with Jesus and frustrated by him. Sure there are some healings, but at the expense of pigs and a lot of stress. There was also a close call where Jesus and the disciples almost got completely stoned, and not in the party way.

Throughout Jesus disrupts people’s expectations, leaves people out, ignores the high and mighty, and defies social norms. Hear Liam Hooper and me talk about this bizarre and extraordinary series of stories in Mark Five. How often LGBTQI people have been treated as problems to solve. Yet Jesus says, “Go in Peace, my child, your faith has healed you,” even if society is still sick.

Hear it on the Bible Bash Podcast.

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Faith, Gender, Race and Justice: A Look at the Book of Ruth

David Chandler

Each month my friend, Liam Hooper and I host the Bible Bash Podcast. We take turns looking at passages in the Bible, then share our thoughts, analysis, and reflections on these passages. This opens up a discussion between the two of us. While we are both Bible scholars, our approaches are often personal, especially from our perspective as queer men. In the most recent episode, we are honored to have David Chandler, (Emily/David Chandler on Twitter) who agreed to share a reflection on the first chapter in the Book of Ruth.

David has a delicious eclectic background: They are an actor, singer, writer, magician, bibliophile, amateur folklorist and a spoons-player. Last year they completed their Bachelor of Music Theatre at Federation University, Australia. Right now they are in the midst of doing their Honours in Creative Arts. They are focusing on early queer rights activist and theorist, Karl Henrich Ulrichs.

David’s reading of Ruth is personal, and provides insights into the formation of their faith and faith journey. They share the story of a an unexpected encounter with the Bible and a new space to worship.

Diamond Stylz

In prepping for the show, Liam suggested I read an essay by the Black trans leader, Diamond Stylz. In the essay Womanist, which appears in Otherwise Christian 2: Stories of Resistance, Stylz sees the experience of trans woman of color mirrored in the cultural and social constrictions for widows in the Book of Ruth. Sytlz admits that while it may seem ridiculous to apply an ancient text to her own contemporary experiences,

“Yet, I as a Black, transgender woman have much in common with these women. Three-fourths of transgender people have experienced some form of workforce discrimination. One out of four have lost jobs due to bias. These circumstances frequently lead to involvement with underground economies such as sex work or drug work in order to survive.”

You can hear Bible Bash podcast wherever you listen to podcast, at the player below  or by following this link: Seeing Ourselves in the Text with David Chandler — Ruth 1

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An Outcast Prophet and A Marginalized Woman

Liam shares his insights about I Kings 17-7-24. Elijah, a prophet with an unpopular message who finds himself destitute during a famine. A widow prepares a last meal for her son before they both die. They survive though as they shelter in place with the prophet. The similarities to what many are experiencing in this time of Coronavirus are striking.

Then I share “an other text” by Doris Lessing from The Sweetest Dream

Hear wherever you get your podcasts, click on play above, or follow this link.

PLUS both Liam and I reveal the activities they do to keep them sane during a time of isolation. Here is my Corona Containment Dancer playlist. Feel free to add tracks and definitely feel free to dance along.


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Tie Me Up, Delilah! Bible Bash takes on Judges 16

As an actor, I approach Biblical texts in a slightly unorthodox way. Sure I use traditional tools to study the text, but I also use the training I received in the theatre to explore the characters presented, including the ones who are in the scene but do not have speaking parts. The story of Samson and Delilah has the intrigue, sexual tension, and depth of a Shakespeare play.

While Samson has often been portrayed from the pulpit as an irresponsible, lascivious playboy, a close reading of the text, especially acting it out, reveals a much more complex character. It also exposes a deeply tender and moving relationship between two lovers.

Liam Hooper, the co-host of Bible Bash, and I dig into this story. We ask, how does sexual play and bondage in an oppressive police state create the conditions leading to intimacy, vulnerability, and self-sacrifice. Liam also shares an original poem, Tell You Everything, as part of the Other Text section of the show.

Check out tie-me-up-delilah-judges-16. It’s available wherever you get podcasts or at Podbean.

You can also read some of my observations of Samson and Delilah as part of my LGBTQ-Friendly Bible series.


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Hey, Hey Joseph, What ya gonna do? A Bible Bash Conversation

Every month Liam Hooper and I get together to talk about Bible texts. It was recently my turn. You may know I have a thing for Joseph in the book of Genesis. Perhaps the scene that gets the most attention in my Transfigurations presentation centers on Joseph (as told by his hyper masculine Uncle Esau.)

Joseph famously reconciles with his brothers during a famine. What has been fascinating me is how Jospeh responds to that famine. He proposes a national adaptation and disaster relief plan. Pharaoh loves the plan, and for good reason, it gives the leader everything a tyrant could desire.

Check out the latest Bible Bash Podcast: Joseph and the Not so Amazing Disaster Relief Plan.

Featured photo from Windy City Times: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Karen Topham

Five sisters change the Mosaic Law — Bible Bash Podcast

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast,  Liam Michael Hooper, a trans Bible scholar, and I, a cisgender gay Bible scholar, take turns presenting a Biblical text. We then discuss. Each episode we also present another text, a non-Biblical text of note–religious or secular–that may or may not correspond to the Bible text.

In our latest episode Liam shares the story of five sisters who appear in Numbers 27. Without any attachment to a male heir, they will end up desperately destitute that is of course until they lobby for their cause and end up changing Mosaic law.

I follow up with the “Other Text.” A reading from Gender Outlaws–The Next Generation. I read an excerpt from Kate Bornstein‘s introduction.

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Eunuchs, Jesus, and Pronouns with Mx Chris Paige

Special guest Mx. Chris Paige joins Liam Hooper and me to  share excerpts from their new book, Otherwise Christian–A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation.

Chris reads from the Chapter, Zey Jesus, and reveals the discomfort some people have about gender neutral pronouns, especially when attached to Jesus of Nazareth. Chris also discusses Matthew 19: 11,12, the only passage where Jesus directly references eunuchs. Along with Liam and Peterson, they talk about this incredibly important passage, and the significance it has for each of them.

Chris then reads the “Other Text.” They share the poem, A Litany for Survivalby Audre Lorde, the Black, lesbian, womanist, poet.

Mx Chris Paige uses they or zey pronouns, though some of their older writing may have other identifying features.

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, Peterson, cisgender gay Bible scholar and co-host, Liam Michael Hooper 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.

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Jael and some gruesome tent peg action — Bible Bash Podcast

How on earth do Sunday School teachers cover the Book of Judges with children? It is the bloodiest book in the Bible. American Horror Story could do a whole season just on the Book of Judges.

In the latest Bible Bash Podcast Liam Hooper, a Trans Bible scholar, talks about Jael in Judges chapter 4, her famous tent peg, & the naughty unconventional way she uses it. Fierce, subversive, and gender non-conforming, Jael stands as a bold figure in the Bible.

I join in the discussion then shares an “other” text. I read a poem by Sapho (ca. 610-580 B.C.E.) from Andrew Harvey’s The Essential Gay Mystics.

In each episode of Bible Bash Podcast, Peterson, cisgender gay Bible scholar and co-host, Liam Michael Hooper 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.

Featured image: Felice Ficherelli – Jael killing Sisera [1616]

The Book of Jonah through Transgender Eyes — Bible Bash with Joy Ladin

Special guest, Joy Ladin, joins Liam Hooper and me for a moving and insightful exploration of the Book of Jonah. Joy Ladin holds the Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University, and, in 2007, became the first (and still only) openly transgender employee of an Orthodox Jewish institution.

In her book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, Joy writes, “I don’t mean to suggest that the Book of Jonah is about being transgender. The Book of Jonah is about being human. But transgender experience is human experience, and questions transgender people face are questions that we all face. Everyone, transgender or not, has to decide what parts of ourselves we will and will not live. Each of us has to decide when we can’t and when we must sacrifice our individuality for the sake of our families and communities, when we have to be what others count on us to be, and when, like Jonah, we have to live the truths that set us apart from others and reveal to the world what we have only revealed to God.”  (from Soul of the Stranger, page 7. Quoted by Mx. Chris Paige in the fabulous new book, OtherWise Christian—A Guidebook for Transgender Liberation.)

Hear the Bible Bash podcast wherever you listen to podcast, or go directly to the source! Being Transgender, Being Human–Joy Ladin and the Book of Jonah.

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:

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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