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






"Why Will The Poor Always Be With Us?" (Bonus Content from a Recent Conference)

If the only evidence of Christian growth in our lives is that it is changing the way we deal with politics, then we aren't actually experiencing Christian growth—we're impersonating it. This episode features exclusive content that didn't make it into Christian Civics Executive Director Rick Barry's recent presentation at the Gospel Coalition Mid-Atlantic Conference. The topic of his talk was "Radical Responsibility: Fostering a Culture of Mercy in a Representative Democracy." For more...


One First-Person Perspective on Charlottesville

It's been nearly a month since the so-called "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, VA, erupted into violence, culminating in a member of the demonstration driving into a crowd of protesters. A little over two weeks ago, we spoke with a pastor from Charlottesville who was on the scene to hear his account of what happened. EPISODE OUTLINE: Intro: Defining various terms. Interview: Rev. Seth Wispelwey of Congregate Charlottesville Follow-Up: Engaging with powers and prinicipalities...


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 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...


Faith, Politics and Persecution (Part One: Overseas)

In part one of a two-part episode, we bring you an interview with "D," a long-term missionary to Bosnia, a formerly socialist country whose political and governmental system is strikingly different from what we usually think of when we think of democracy. In our next episode, we'll start to draw connections between various parts of this interview and our own public discipleship in the US--please be sure to subscribe to get that second part as soon as it's released. Our theme music is by...


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...


BREAKING: A Response to Today's Violence

In the wake of today's shootings on the east and west coasts, we welcome Rev. Glenn Hoburg to lead us in a prayerful response.


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,...