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Over the past 30 years, Faith and Law has brought a wide variety of distinguished speakers to address contemporary political and cultural issues for the benefit of congressional staff.

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Over the past 30 years, Faith and Law has brought a wide variety of distinguished speakers to address contemporary political and cultural issues for the benefit of congressional staff.

    The Calling to Servant Leadership: Distinctives and difficulties of a Christian understanding of leadership in today’s world

    The Calling to Servant Leadership: Distinctives and difficulties of a Christian understanding of leadership in today’s world

    America’s national and international crises have thrown a stark spotlight on leadership, and shown up once again the strong differences between secular views and Christian views. But what are the defining features of a biblical view of leadership? How do we ensure that servant leadership is more than a cliché? How do we make our distinctive dimensions of leadership real in these turbulent times?

    Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.

    Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The Call, Time for Truth, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, The Global Public Square, and Last Call for Liberty: How America’s Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat. His latest book,The Magna Carta of Humanity - Sinai’s revolutionary faith and the future of freedom, was published in May 2021.
    Pete Peterson is the Braun Family Dean of Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy. Prior to this he was the executive director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement at the School where he remains a senior fellow. Through the Institute, Peterson’s work focuses on improving public policy processes at the local level and the use of technology to make municipalities more transparent and responsive. His training seminar, "Public Engagement: The Vital Leadership Skill” has been attended by over 4,000 municipal officials around the country.
    In 2017, Peterson helped launch the “American Project” at Pepperdine, which convenes activists, academics, and policymakers to discuss and write about the American conservative movement. Citing loneliness and alienation as significant cultural maladies, the “Project” argues for a communitarian politics reimagined for the 21st century.
    Peterson writes widely on public engagement and the conservative movement for various newspapers and blogs. He contributed the chapter, "Place As Pragmatic Policy" to the edited volume, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America (New Atlantis Books, 2014), and "Do-It Ourselves Citizenship" for Localism in the Mass Age (Wipf & Stock, 2018). 
    Peterson was the Republican nominee for California Secretary of State in 2014.
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    • 43 min
    Finding your path: A Conversation with Congressman Mike Johnson

    Finding your path: A Conversation with Congressman Mike Johnson

    Many young professionals have sought answers to the important question: “How exactly do I discern God’s will, and determine what life and career path to take in the days ahead?”
    While countless responses to this question have been suggested and published, the biblical answer is profoundly simple and truly liberating. Join Congressman Mike Johnson as he presents the answer that may change your life and perspective in dramatic ways.
    Congressman Mike Johnson is a Republican member of Congress proudly serving Louisiana’s Fourth District. He represents the nearly 760,000 residents of 15 parishes in the northwest and western regions of the state. Mike was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives on December 10, 2016, by the largest margin of victory in his region in more than 50 years and is currently serving his third term in Congress.
    In January 2021, Mike was elected by his colleagues to serve as Vice Chairman of the House Republican Conference, one of the seven elected leadership positions for Republicans in the House of Representatives. In this leadership role, Mike helps guide his Republican colleagues to fight for core conservative principles and policies. Mike also serves as an Assistant Whip for the 117th Congress, to help implement the Republican agenda. He was previously honored to serve as chairman of the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus of conservatives in Congress, known as "the intellectual arsenal of conservatism in the House."
    With two decades of previous experience in Constitutional law, Mike serves on the House Judiciary Committee, and is the top-ranked Republican for its Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and is honored to represent Barksdale Air Force Base, headquarters of the Air Force Global Strike Command, and Fort Polk and the Army's Joint Readiness Training Center, as well as the Louisiana National Guard's Camp Minden Training Site and other military assets.
    Mike is a dedicated husband and father of four and an attorney who has devoted his life and career to fighting for the fundamental freedoms and traditional values that have always been a priority to the people of Louisiana. Mike spent nearly 20 years successfully litigating high profile constitutional law cases in district and appellate courts nationwide and is widely recognized as a leading defender of the right to life, religious liberty, free speech, the Second Amendment and free market principles. In his law practice, he drafted landmark legislation for many states and municipalities and provided legal counsel to members of Congress, governors, state legislatures, city councils, school boards, law enforcement agencies, ministries and non-profit organizations around the country.
    Mike solidified his reputation as a principled, full-spectrum conservative when he served in the Louisiana Legislature from February 2015 to January 2017. He was elected to the state legislature twice without opposition, and he was honored to be appointed Vice Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and to the Select Committee on Leadership. As a legislator, both in the state capital and now in the nation's capital, he has received top awards from business and industry, limited government, and pro-life and pro-family groups. 
    Mike earned his Juris Doctorate from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1998. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University in 1995.
    Mike and his wife Kelly, a former school teacher from Webster Parish and now a Licensed Pastoral Counselor, have been married since 1999 and have four children, Hannah, Abigail, Jack and Will. Today, they reside in Bossier Parish.
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    • 56 min
    Evidence for the Existence of a Merciful God

    Evidence for the Existence of a Merciful God

    This past year we have seen so much grief, pain and horror: bodies floating down the Ganges as Covid rages in India, medical personnel exhausted and dying in their efforts to care for those who have gotten sick, fracture in our social and political culture that threatens to destroy our country, alongside the world's usual quota of war, illness, accident, and danger. Where is God? Why doesn't He DO something?? I have no Pollyanna answer, but I do have evidence that the merciful God of the Bible is neither absent or silent. 
    Kathy Keller currently works on the staff of Redeemer City to City, an organization that assists global church planters to start gospel movements in their countries. She is also the Assistant Director of Communication and Media for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, a church she co-founded with her husband, Tim Keller, in 1989. Kathy graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1975 with her MA in Theological Studies.
    She is the author of "Jesus, Justice, and Gender Roles: A Case for Gender Roles in Ministry" and co-author with her husband, Tim, of "The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God" as well as the newly published “A Couples Devotional” and "The How to Find God series: Birth, Marriage, Death." She and Tim also collaborated on "The Songs of Jesus: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms" and “God's Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the book of Proverbs.” Kathy and Tim have three grown sons in finance, ministry, and city planning, as well as seven brilliant and loving grandchildren and three exceptional daughters-in-law in business and medicine.
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    • 48 min
    Things Worth Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living

    Things Worth Dying For: Thoughts on a Life Worth Living

    With a balance of wisdom, candor, and scholarly rigor the beloved archbishop emeritus of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput takes on life’s central questions: why are we here, and how can we live and die meaningfully?

    In his latest book Things Worth Dying For, Chaput delves richly into our yearning for God, love, honor, beauty, truth, and immortality. He reflects on our modern appetite for consumption and individualism and offers a penetrating analysis of how we got here, and how we can look to our roots and our faith to find purpose each day amid the noise of competing desires.

    Chaput examines the chronic questions of the human heart; the idols and false flags we create; and the nature of a life of authentic faith. He points to our longing to live and die with meaning as the key to our search for God, our loyalty to nation and kin, our conduct in war, and our service to others.

    Ultimately, with compelling grace, he shows us that the things worth dying for reveal most powerfully the things worth living for.
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    • 50 min
    Why the Childcare Provisions in the American Families Plan Won't Help Working Class Families

    Why the Childcare Provisions in the American Families Plan Won't Help Working Class Families

    Dr. Brad Wilcox argues that while a massive expansion of center-based childcare sounds like a win for social justice, in fact, it would negatively impact many American children and prioritizes elite work-family preferences over those of ordinary Americans. While this plan isn't the answer, American families do need help. What public policy solutions will work?

    W. Bradford Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies.



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    • 23 min
    "How Faith, Perseverance and Opportunity Shaped an American Dream" featuring Senator Tim Scott

    "How Faith, Perseverance and Opportunity Shaped an American Dream" featuring Senator Tim Scott

    Senator Tim Scott is the first Black American elected to the U.S. Senate from a Southern state since Reconstruction and the only black Republican in the U.S. Senate.
    Growing up in a poor, single parent household in North Charleston, South Carolina, Scott had to beat many odds to end up as a lawmaker on Capitol Hill. The work ethic, resilience, and faith he learned from his mother and mentor helped Scott to graduate from university, build his own successful small business, and eventually led him to public service. Scott has broken many barriers in his years as a public servant; serving on the Charleston County Council (1995-2009), the South Carolina House of Representatives (2009-2011), the United States House of Representatives (2011-2013), and the United States Senate (2013 - present).
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