67 episodes

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.

Crossing Faiths Matt Hawkins and John Pinna

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

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.

    The War in Ukraine, Chicken & Waffles and Evil Shrimp

    The War in Ukraine, Chicken & Waffles and Evil Shrimp

    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.


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    • 23 min
    The Ukraine Conflict

    The Ukraine Conflict

    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?


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    • 58 min
    Faith-based Policy in a Liberal Democracy

    Faith-based Policy in a Liberal Democracy

    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.


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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Abortion and Theocracy

    Abortion and Theocracy

    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


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Multi-faith Christmas seasons and the end of 2021

    Multi-faith Christmas seasons and the end of 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 Wales


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    Links:
    Saint Nicholas - Patron Saint, Feast Day & Santa - BiographyA Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio on Amazon Music UnlimitedCarrie Underwood & John Legend - Hallelujah (Official Music Video) - YouTube

    • 55 min
    Surveillance of American Muslims goes to the Supreme Court

    Surveillance of American Muslims goes to the Supreme Court

    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


    REFERENCES:
    'Who Else Is Spying on Me?' Muslim Americans Bring the Fight Against Surveillance to the Supreme Court[


    EXPANDING HUMAN RIGHTS AND CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE UNITED STATES: SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING POLICY](https://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/view/4934)


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    Links:
    Muslim monitoring case goes to US Supreme Court. What’s at stake? | News | Al Jazeera

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

jaybark7 ,

Thought provoking

John and Matt do a great job of taking on tough issues in a light-hearted but still serious way. These are some of the only people talking international religious freedom issues. Tune in and learn!

JM Spallino ,

Very interesting and thought provoking.

This podcast is great. Respectful. Humorous at times. And very thought provoking.

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