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Two friends, Matt Hawkins (a former policy director for the Southern Baptist Convention) and John Pinna (former Executive Director of American Islamic Congress) talk religion and politics. The podcast delivers weekly episodes featuring commentary on news, politics, multifaith experiences, and expert guests. The conversations build on a decade of their collaboration, advocating in Washington, D.C. for religious freedom domestically and around the globe. The two developed the podcast with a desire to share conversations that model friendship and collaboration despite deep differences in religion and background. Support our podcast via Patreon.

Two friends, Matt Hawkins (a former policy director for the Southern Baptist Convention) and John Pinna (former Executive Director of American Islamic Congress) talk religion and politics. The podcast delivers weekly episodes featuring commentary on news, politics, multifaith experiences, and expert guests. The conversations build on a decade of their collaboration, advocating in Washington, D.C. for religious freedom domestically and around the globe. The two developed the podcast with a desire to share conversations that model friendship and collaboration despite deep differences in religion and background. Support our podcast via Patreon.

Location:

United States

Description:

Two friends, Matt Hawkins (a former policy director for the Southern Baptist Convention) and John Pinna (former Executive Director of American Islamic Congress) talk religion and politics. The podcast delivers weekly episodes featuring commentary on news, politics, multifaith experiences, and expert guests. The conversations build on a decade of their collaboration, advocating in Washington, D.C. for religious freedom domestically and around the globe. The two developed the podcast with a desire to share conversations that model friendship and collaboration despite deep differences in religion and background. Support our podcast via Patreon.

Twitter:

@mthawk

Language:

English

Contact:

2024554515


Episodes

079: Evangelical Lutheranism and Salvation by Grace

10/13/2022
John interviews Tim Bupp, a pastor of two local Evangelical Lutheran congregations. Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths).

Duration:01:07:51

078: Hurricane Ian; Protests in Iran

10/4/2022
Matt chats a bit about his parents experience in Fort Myers, FL following Hurrican Ian. John talks about what life is like for religious minorities in Iran.

Duration:00:49:12

077: The Evangelicals Problem

9/27/2022
This week, John and Matt discuss a survey suggesting that a growing number of Evangelicals no longer strictly hold to basic Evangelical doctrines. This leads them to ask—what is an Evangelical anyway, and how is the definition of "Evangelical" being shifted by the growth of Christian Nationalism? Episode Highlights: 12:45 - Basic Evangelical belief problem 23:00 The growth of Christian Nationalism 26:30 Islamic isolation after September 11, 2001 29:00 Nationalism summarized by Matt 34:00...

Duration:01:01:01

076: Headlines: The Queen, Ukraine, and Christian America declines

9/21/2022
Matt and John chat about the Queen's funeral, a quick Ukraine update, and the ramifications of a fading Christian America. mh

Duration:00:44:36

075: The Queen; John and the King; John speaks to Christians on 9-11; VP Harris speaks to National Baptists

9/13/2022

Duration:01:01:39

074: John holds a legendary spear; An Intelligence review of the Crucifixion?

8/23/2022
John tells of his experience in Austria handling the legendary Spear of Destiny and the conversation just unravels from there...

Duration:00:40:14

Abortion/Kansas

8/10/2022
John and Matt discuss the post-Roe abortion vote in Kansas and its implications for the political climate. Also, what Islam smells like, and Naziing as a verb. Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths).

Duration:00:43:12

Live from Vienna

8/9/2022
Matt catches up with John to discuss their experiences with the IRF (International Religious Freedom) summit. John joins on location from Vienna, Austria, where he is gathering intel on advanced stew and pastry technology. Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths).

Duration:00:34:08

IRF Summit 2022: Fr. John Anderson

7/31/2022
John Pinna visited the International Religious Freedom summit in Washington DC, where he interviewed Fr. John Anderson. Fr. John is an Orthodox priest in the Antiochian Archdiocese. Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths). Special Guest: Father John Anderson.

Duration:00:32:34

IRF Summit 2022: Greg Mitchell

7/30/2022
John Pinna visited the International Religious Freedom summit in Washington DC, where he interviewed Greg Mitchell (https://www.themitchellfirm.com/about/founder/). Greg has been in national politics and government since 1991. In search of a higher purpose, Greg decided to focus on government reform and improving public policy, and in the late summer of 2003 founded The Mitchell Firm. The Mitchell Firm's goal is the ultimate in freedom and independence for every individual in every country....

Duration:00:25:14

IRF Summit 2022: Sam Brownback

7/23/2022
John Pinna visited the International Religious Freedom summit in Washington DC, where he interviewed Sam Brownback. Sam Brownback (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Brownback) is an American attorney, politician and diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom from 2018 to 2021. Brownback previously served as the Secretary of Agriculture of Kansas (1986–93), as the U.S. representative for Kansas's 2nd congressional district (1995–96), as a...

Duration:00:18:53

IRF Summit 2022: Mariam Wahba

7/21/2022
John Pinna visited the 2022 International Religious Freedom summit in Washington DC, where he interviewed Mariam Wahba. Mariam is the Associate Director of Advocacy with the Philos Project (https://philosproject.org/). Mariam graduated from Fordham University with a BA in Middle East studies, Arabic, and Jewish studies. While she currently resides in NYC, Mariam was born in Menya, Egypt. Previously, she was the Policy Intern at In Defense of Christians, a Hertog Political Science Fellow, and...

Duration:00:20:34

The War in Ukraine, Chicken & Waffles and Evil Shrimp

6/18/2022
In this short episode, John and Matt continue to discuss the war in Ukraine, with John's predictions about the tide turning in Russia's favor being affirmed by emerging media. This is followed by a wide-ranging culinary discussion, including the story of a deathbed recipe. Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths).

Duration:00:23:28

The Ukraine Conflict

6/7/2022
John offers his unique perspective on Russia's war with Ukraine—how it could have been avoided and what its probable outcomes are. Spoilers: The birth of Starfleet Command? Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths).

Duration:00:58:44

Faith-based Policy in a Liberal Democracy

6/4/2022
John and Matt discuss how abortion specifically, and other issues generally, shape the approach to inclusivism and the shaping of public policy in the Muslim and Christian worlds. Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths).

Duration:01:06:41

Abortion and Theocracy

5/21/2022
00:01:40 - Athena 00:05:00 - Abortion: Can men have an opinion? 00:12:40 - Faith-based regulation 00:18:00 - Theocracy 00:22:00 - Is the pro-life question uniquely religious? 00:31:00 - Questions that slogans don't answer 00:35:30 - What is the unborn? 00:41:00 - There are two victims 00:44:30 - The positions of the judges 00:50:30 - Will evangelicals ever stop feeling persecuted? 00:52:40 - The failure of Congress Support this podcast via Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/crossingfaiths).

Duration:01:05:27

Multi-faith Christmas seasons and the end of 2021

12/23/2021
Matt and John recap life drama from 2021 and swap Christmas traditions. Plus: Taking Halloween seriously. What states are actually in America? And a close call with the Prince of Wales. CHAPTERS: 00:00:00 Opening Chat 00:03:20 Matt's Year 00:13:00 John's Year 00:19:50 John's Christmas Traditions 00:25:00 On St. Nicholas 00:26:25 Matt's Christmas Traditions 00:28:50 Christmas Favorites 00:33:44 On Halloween 00:35:30 The Incarnation Problem 00:43:00 Come Visit America 00:47:50 The Prince of...

Duration:00:55:24

Surveillance of American Muslims goes to the Supreme Court

11/15/2021
John and Matt discuss a supreme court case filed against the FBI by muslims who claim they were illegaly spied upon. Why is this still happening in 2021, and what are the implications for people of other faith traditions? CHAPTERS: 00:30:00 Opening Chat 00:08:06 FBI Surveillance of Muslims 00:13:42 The January 6th Connection 00:14:50 So-Called Security Experts 00:16:05 How a Dragnet Works 00:21:30 Implications for Christians 00:23:00 Multifaith, Interfaith, National Security and Doughnuts...

Duration:00:27:16

Sharia with Sumbul Ali-Karamali

11/8/2021
John is joined by Sumbul Ali-Karamali, author of Demystifying Sharia: What It Is, How It Works, and Why It’s Not Taking Over Our Country. Together, they discuss Western ignorance of Islam, what the goals of Sharia really are, the truth about the role of violence in Islam, and Star Trek. CHAPTERS: 00:00:00 Opening 00:01:45 Introduction to Sambul 00:05:43 Are you a Trekkie? 00:06:40 Ignorance of Islam 00:09:05 The Faith of Abraham 00:11:15 Reading the Quran 00:13:58 Islam and the Use of...

Duration:01:04:22

Atheism among Muslims and more on vaccine exemptions

11/1/2021
John and Matt discuss: Is it actually possible to be both a Muslim and an atheist? Plus: Should Christians use religious exemptions to avoid the COVID vaccine? CHAPTERS: 00:00:18 Opening Chat 00:04:30 Atheism Article Intro 00:05:00 Atheism VS Agnosticism 00:07:00 An Atheist Muslim would be like a unicorn. 00:08:00 Exception: No God but God 00:09:30 Nihilism 00:10:30 Reza Aslan (Continued) 00:12:00 Ali A. Rizvi and a clarification of terms 00:14:00 The inverted perspective of doomsday cults...

Duration:00:43:44