We started the Better Samaritan with the goal of addressing two things.

Both were inspired by Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon on that parable:

  • How can we better help the hurting person in front of us?
  • How can we make the road safer for those to come in the future?

To that end, at the close of every episode of our podcast, we ask the same five questions:

  • What has surprised you in your work?
  • How are you learning to do good, better?
  • What does humility look like in your field?
  • How can we make the [Jericho] road safer for those coming in the future?
  • How do you sustain hope?

We thought it would be fascinating to to compile all the answers to each question, one after the other, in order to notice what themes emerged. (Each full episode is linked, so you can go back and listen to the ones you find interesting.)

Our guests work diverse fields: public health, racial conflict, climate change, politics, and displacement, just to name a few. We found the resulting product to be fascinating. Compiled in this episode are answers to our fifth and final question: How do you sustain hope?


"On Being a Good Neighbor", sermon draft by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This episode produced by Laura Finch

Theme Song “Turning Over Tables” by The Brilliance

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(Note to the listener: In this podcast, sometimes we'll have evangelicals, sometimes we won't. We thinking learning how to do good better involves listening to lots of perspectives, with different insights and understanding with us. Sometimes it will make us uncomfortable, sometimes we'll agree, sometimes we won't. We think that's good. We want to listen for correction. Especially in our blind spots.)