Kristen Annette

Ep. 8: Justice Embodied- Mercy Matters with Luke’s Gospel

In week three of Justice in the Bible, join us on a journey through the Gospel of Luke, often hailed as the epitome of social justice teachings within the New Testament.

Through insightful analysis and deep reflection, we delve into Luke’s unique perspective on compassion, equality, and love in Christ. From the iconic parable of the Good Samaritan to contemporary issues echoing its themes, we explore how mercy intersects with our understanding of neighborliness, justice, and the call to action in today’s world. 

Each episode invites listeners to ponder what it truly means to “go and do likewise” in the pursuit of a more just and compassionate society. Join the conversation as we discover the transformative power of mercy in our lives and communities.


Links to books and articles I mentioned:

(None of these are affiliate links; they are just resources if you want them.)

Deacon Paul Carlson: Luke, the Gospel of Social Justice

Eric Hovee; Jesus The Heresy blog

Smith and Kim: Toward Decentering the New Testament: A Reintroduction

Bryan Stevenson: Equal Justice Institute and Just Mercy

Passages in Luke that emphasize social justice:

Luke 1:51-55, 3:10-14, 4:16-21, 6:20-31, 8:1-3, 10:30-37, 14:12-14, 16: 19-31, 18:1-8 and 9-14, and 19:1-10

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Ep. 7 Prophetic Justice Unleashed: Dismantling Oppression from the Courts of Heaven

Welcome to episode 7, as Kristen continues a deep dive into the theme of justice in the Bible. This week, we first look at the Psalms, finding resonance with David’s emotions and experiencing the humanity behind these timeless prayers. In Psalm 82, God establishes Himself as the ultimate judge, rebuking unjust rulers and emphasizing the importance of justice for the weak and oppressed, warning of severe consequences for continued injustice, and reaffirming His sovereignty over all creation.

Moving forward, we dive into the prophetic voices of the Old Testament, understanding their role in confronting societal injustices and calling God’s people to repentance and righteousness. We dissect a passage from Amos, often hailed as the book of social justice, to glean insights into God’s stance against oppression and exploitation. Amos confronts the realities of systemic injustice through vivid imagery and prophetic warnings. We finish up by looking at our collective responsibility as believers to advocate for the marginalized and oppressed.

Come along as we navigate the complexities and prominence of justice in Scripture, as we seek to embody God’s heart for righteousness and mercy in our daily lives.

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Ep. 6 Justice Unveiled: Exploring Divine Justice in God’s law


Welcome to our new series, delving into the theme of justice in the Bible! Over the next five weeks, we’ll explore specific passages, starting with the Pentateuch and moving through the prophets, gospels, and epistles. In this week’s episode, we focus on Exodus and a passage from Deuteronomy, examining how justice is integral to God’s covenant with His people. Join us as we unravel the threads of justice woven throughout scripture and discuss its relevance in our lives today.

This week, we explore how social location shapes our understanding of scripture and why humility is vital in interpreting biblical texts. We also explore the intersection of spirituality and social justice, challenging misconceptions and highlighting the call for believers to engage in justice work. Join the journey as we uncover the rich tapestry of justice in the Bible and discover how it speaks to us in our contemporary context.

Whether you’re new to these discussions or have been engaging with them for years, we invite you to tune in and explore the timeless relevance of justice in God’s word.


Esau McCaulley: “Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope

David W. Kling: “The Bible in History: How the Texts Have Shaped the Times”

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Ep. 5: Lessons from Dr. King: Navigating Social Justice and the Gospel

In today’s episode, we delve into the heart of social justice, drawing inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” We explore the tension between justice and gospel proclamation and discuss why these two are not mutually exclusive but rather intertwined in our Christian faith. We unpack the definition of social justice and examine its theological implications, rooted in God’s love and concern for the marginalized. 

We also examine two key figures who embodied social justice in their faith: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Dr. King. Their lives and teachings serve as poignant reminders of the church’s call to actively pursue justice in the world. 

Addressing social injustice requires more than just understanding—it demands action. We explore the virtues of humility and courage, essential qualities for anyone engaging in this work. We recognize our limitations and our need for God’s strength through humility. And with courage, we confront injustice head-on, speaking truth to power and advocating for change.

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Ep. 4: Journey to Justice: True confessions of a nice white girl

In the final episode of our Black History Month series, we reflect on the challenges and importance of engaging with issues of race and social justice. We explore personal experiences and conversations, highlighting the need for deep listening and acknowledging others’ experiences. We discuss concepts like biases, white centering, and the pitfalls of superficial solutions. Drawing on data and insights, we confront misconceptions and urge introspection. We also share resources for further learning and encourage active participation in the journey towards reconciliation and justice. Join us as we prepare to delve into the intersection of social justice and the Bible in upcoming episodes.

Things I mentioned in the podcast:


Austin Channing Brown

“I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World made for Whiteness”

Dr. Yolanda Pierce

“In My Grandmother’s House: Black Women, Faith, and the Stories We Inherit”

Christy Ogelsby: “I need white mamas to come running”

A few books

8000 Promises Podcast

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Ep. 3: Church, Race and Justice: 3 words nobody wants in the same sentence

In week 3 of a 4-part series for Black History Month, this week Kristen explores the challenging intersection of church, race, and justice. Beginning with a personal journey of unexpected podcast timing due to a semester off from theology studies, Kristen acknowledges the discomfort and complexity of the topic. Drawing on biblical narratives of justice and the writings of scholars like Obery M. Hendricks Jr. and James H. Cone, the episode delves into the historical ties between Christianity, nationalism, and racism, particularly evident in the era of lynching. Despite the painful history, Kristen emphasizes the importance of acknowledging it to move towards healing and true justice. This episode also reflects on the resilience of African Americans, particularly expressed through music, both as a means of lament and hope. Lastly, it challenges modern multicultural churches to engage with the full spectrum of the black experience and to embody the justice-seeking Jesus. The episode concludes with an invitation for listeners to continue learning and engaging with the topic, promising a follow-up episode on actionable steps.

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Episode 2: Generational Trauma and the Lie

In Episode 2 of “Jesus, Justice, and Mercy,” we explore generational trauma as a part of our 4-week Black History Month series. Discussing insights from Eddie Glaude Jr.’s “Begin Again,” we navigate the complexities of trauma, its impact, and its roots in historical injustices. The Lie of America’s inherent goodness is confronted, examining the 3/5 compromise and its ties to slavery, Jim Crow, and mass incarceration. The episode highlights current disparities in Black mental and maternal health, urging reflection and action. Briefly touching on the “Black National Anthem,” the podcast ends on a hopeful note, exploring the resilience of African Americans and asks the listeners to consider how the church should respond.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. “Begin Again”

Dr. Quanny Ard


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Season One Trailer

Welcome to Jesus, Justice + Mercy. A podcast where we talk about race, grace, faith, and healing for the 21st-century church. Grounded in theology join me as we explore social justice, not as a political statement but as a living, breathing imitation of who Jesus was. Season 1 kicks off in late January 2024 as we start by exploring the case for justice in the Bible. Head on over to to see the latest.  

I can’t wait for you to join me as we do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God.


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