Questioning the Bible just might help you fall in love with it.

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Rachel Held Evans grew up loving the bible. Like, was on her high school’s homecoming court representing the Bible club. She was taught to honor and defend it from all its enemies: science, history, Catholics.


But her Biblical worldview started to fall apart in college. Neat, pre-packaged answers that she was taught weren’t satisfying anymore. “I never had permission to challenge the Bible,” Rachel told us on this week’s podcast. “And yet when I began doing that, it's like all these new layers of meaning began to unfold and it became a richer experience.”

Rachel talks to us this week about her new book, “Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again.” We talk about why finding enchantment in the Bible is important, how to teach Bible stories to your kids and more.

In this week’s rundown of Catholic news, we discuss what Catholic organizations are doing to help immigrant families separated at the border; Philippine priests seeking gun permits in light of recent murders; and a Kenyan priest who was suspended from ministry for rapping.

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Links from the show:

Donations surge at Catholic Charities border asylum-seeker center
Hundreds of calls come in at USCCB HQ seeking to foster detained kids
Parkland students kick off anti-gun tour with rally at Catholic church
Philippine bishops hesitant about priests seeking gun permits
Kenya parishioners disappointed after priest suspended for rapping
Swole.Catholic helps people strengthen body and soul

What’s on tap?

New Jersey Beer Co.’s LBIPA, courtesy of Patron and friend of the podcast, John Dougherty.

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aaron johnson
2 months 2 weeks ago

This is super interesting and would love to hear more on this topic. I have had my fair share of questions as well and like learning from others' perspective and hearing their story. Tim -


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