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Empowering Christians to think, speak and act differently in the public square.

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Empowering Christians to think, speak and act differently in the public square.






Practicing for Heaven (Dr. Curt Thompson, Part Three)

The third and final part of our conversation with Dr. Curt Thompson. In the first two parts of our conversation with Dr. Curt Thompson, we discussed why it is important to have "embodied encounters" with our civic systems and our political opponents, and what Good Friday can teach us about dealing with the challenges those encounters present. In this third part of our interview, Dr. Thompson gets into what Christian eschatology means for our attempts to deal with political diversity in the...


Good Friday, Families, Hospitality (Curt Thompson, Part 2)

We continue our conversation with Dr. Curt Thompson, exploring what Good Friday has to do with hard conversations about politics in the church, and why our reaction to our political opponents often has as much to do with our relationship to our families as it does to our parties.


Embodied Encounters (Dr. Curt Thompson, Part One)

The Christian Civics Podcast returns with an interview with psychiatrist and ministry leader Dr. Curt Thompson. In this episode, Dr. Thompson discusses why it's important for Christians to have face-to-face, real-life conversations with our political opponents, and how we can get better at those kinds of conversations by understanding how God has made our brains to work. Contents 00:00–03:59 Introduction 04:04–23:40 Interview 23:43–29:28 Assessing our desires, practicing, and sports....


How do we endure? with guest Steve Park

This autumn has pummeled us with so much bad news that just thinking about what our responsibilities might be to the wider world has to feel intimidating and exhausting. This week, we welcome Steve Park, head of Little Lights Urban Ministries, to talk about how he's managed to stay active and motivated to do some very hard, dispiriting work for over twenty years. Then we will call specific attention to a few ideas that came up during the interview before we get led in prayer by Rev....


Q Commons Highlights: Living Locally; Responding to Injustice

If you couldn't join us for Q Commons in Washington, DC, last week, we want to share some of the highlights with you. This episode features two presentations recorded at last week's event, along with commentary and prayer from Center for Christian Civics executive director Rick Barry. Shownotes will be available at christiancivics.org later this week.


Is Citizenship Biblical? Can It Be Christian?

We share excerpts from one of our workshops, translate those ideas into prayer, and let our DC-area friends know about a major upcoming event!


Praying After Charlottesville

Violence erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Getting our bearings amidst the onslaught of breaking news and the flurry of punditry can be difficult. While we are not claiming to have the entire answer about how to think and feel about everything you hear or read this weekend, we do want to offer an invitation to begin by praying with us for what this event might mean for our country, our communities, and the people most personally affected.


Faith, Politics and Persecution, Part Two

We bring in two guests for a follow-up conversation after our interview with D; we briefly look at the difference between government and politics; and pastor Charles Drew leads us in prayer. Theme music is by Sonic Weapon Fence. Shownotes and links to related material can be found at christiancivics.org. The opinions expressed in this podcast by Ben O'Dell are his own and do not reflect the view of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the Department of Health and Human...


Health Care, Baseball and Ministering to Capitol Hill

The latest episode of the Christian Civics Podcast features discussion of how our interview with Rev. Charles Garriott of Ministry to State can inform our response to this week's heated health care debate.


Sanders, Institutions, and What We Are Supposed To Be About

Last week, two big stories about Christians and the Democratic party started circulating on social media: On one hand, a major figure in the party seemed to use an executive branch nominee's faith as a reason to vote against confirming him for work, and on the other hand a number of Christians publicly affirmed their commitment to the Democratic party. A recent conversation with Dr. Peter Baker helps us understand how those two things might be possible at the same time. For more...


Episode 1: Holiness, Engagement and Chaos

What does it mean to be holy? How can we demonstrate holiness in our civic lives? And how can we respond in a holy manner to political chaos? In the first episode of The Christian Civics Podcast, we'll dive into those questions, including instruction from Rev. Charles Drew, author of "Body Broken: Can Republicans and Democrats Sit in the Same Pew?". If this episode was helpful or encouraging to you, please be sure to share it with others. And look for The Christian Civics Podcast on...


Episode Zero: Sampler

Enjoy this exciting preview of The Christian Civics Podcast, featuring excerpts from some of our pilot interviews along with samples of segments that will air in future episodes! Hear from Center for Christian Civics correspondents on politics and the judiciary, pastor and author Charles Drew on what sets Christians apart from their neighbors in the public square, and pastor and sociologist Dr. Richard Smith on faith, empathy and race. The Center for Christian Civics works with churches,...


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