Crossing Faiths

Crossing Faiths

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.

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October 13, 2022 67 min

John interviews Tim Bupp, a pastor of two local Evangelical Lutheran congregations.

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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.

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  • When I die which religion will offer the best deal? | Religion | The Guardian
  • Relief Sites - Ian
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    September 27, 2022 61 min

    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?

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    12:45 - Basic Evangelical belief problem
    23:00 The growth of Christian Nationalism
    26:30 Islamic isolation ...

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

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    August 10, 2022 44 min

    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.

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    August 9, 2022 35 min

    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.

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    July 31, 2022 33 min

    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.

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    Special Guest: Father John Anderson.

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    July 30, 2022 25 min

    John Pinna visited the International Religious Freedom summit in Washington DC, where he interviewed Greg Mitchell. 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...

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    July 23, 2022 18 min

    John Pinna visited the International Religious Freedom summit in Washington DC, where he interviewed Sam Brownback. 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 distri...

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    July 21, 2022 20 min

    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. 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 Hert...

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    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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    June 7, 2022 58 min

    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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    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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    May 21, 2022 65 min

    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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    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...

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    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...

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    November 8, 2021 64 min

    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
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    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 ...

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