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We are better together — made for purpose, meaning and significance in community, as friends not enemies. With a diverse crew of contributors, the American Awakening Podcast leans into this challenging American moment with life, light and music. We know these are dark times, but faith, hope and love can never be extinguished. With a cast including Marisa Prince, John Kingston, Calvin Lee, Jefferson Bethke, Joel Searby, Dan Haseltine and guests, each episode explores the headlines through the ...
 
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What is happening in our brains when we are divided? Today we’re speaking about the neuroscience of polarization. What are the meta perceptions that create anger, hate and division — politically, religiously and even as we react to disruptions from Coronavirus? Is there space for us to think the best of one another, or are we simply predisposed to …
 
If each one of us is a dimension of God’s image, then you cannot love God unless you love your neighbor. That’s where we launch our conversation today with Pastor Hurmon Hamilton, who helped to inspire American Awakening. Diversity was intended to reflect back the total image of God. What does this mean for us as we aim to push back the broken edge…
 
As we begin the hard work of rebuilding our country, we need to think about the greater toll in our communities beyond the virus. With issues like homelessness and domestic violence on the rise, how do we make sure we are focused on more than Corona and the economy? And how might we think about those whose voices we are not hearing as loudly? Join …
 
Author and activist Shane Claiborne joins this must listen episode as we dig into chapter 7 of John’s new book (releasing next week!). In the conversation we’re reminded unity is not the same as uniformity and are challenged to ask, “how can we stand in solidarity with the deepest pain that is around us, kill the poison of contempt, and lean into t…
 
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How does the big story work and how do we fit within it? In today’s episode the team goes DEEP on how to find answers in the midst of our struggle to find what God’s will is for our lives. If you are grappling with where you are called, this is an epic conversation we invite you to join — with three generations (almost) worth of input on the journe…
 
How is Covid fueling us vs. them divisions in our home states? How much judgement are we casting on others and how much grace are we giving? One America Movement’s Andrew Hanauer leads a conversation about life in a pandemic from Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Illinois. Join us as we unpack what is similar and what is unique about ea…
 
American Awakening IN FOCUS is back, unpacking themes from John Kingston’s new book coming July 28! This week our friend, photographer and social entrepreneur Jeremy Cowart joins Jeff Bethke and the team to discuss chapter 6 titled, “You’re Not Alone.” So many awesome conversations around this idea. How do we fight the epidemic of loneliness, and w…
 
What is most threatening to your peace — school, election, work or financial concerns? In a new Christianity Today poll, the election is by far what people are most troubled with at the moment—though many are still struggling with race and COVID concerns. With that in mind, what are some of the best ways we can share our burdens with each other so …
 
Parents are used to being shamed for how they raise their kids, but the “COVID Mommy Wars” are reaching a new level of distortion online. The question about whether or not the time is right to send kids back to school is an important one for many of us. Our @One__America question of the day is, “How do we approach the decision about sending kids ba…
 
We’re back with our weekly 'American Awakening' IN FOCUS feature, where we unpack themes from John Kingston’s new book (out July 28). This week we welcome Activist Theology Project leader Dr. Robyn Espinoza. With Robyn, Jeff Bethke steers a conversation about chapter 5, titled, “You Need People: Engage in Person”—easier said than done! The team tal…
 
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We’re back with another poll, Christianity Today readers were asked, “For those who are working remotely do you need physical presence to maintain stability in your relationships?” The team weighs in on what we are gaining and missing in this season of social distance. For those longing for community, how might we create space for this. And what ha…
 
One of our least structured (and best) episodes yet! Join our team as we lean into a conversation about who is allowed to lead — touching upon issues of race, gender and the qualities that make for great leadership. Plus, we unpack powerful statements made by actor David Oyelowo in a new RELEVANT interview, where he calls out the Church on where it…
 
Episode 4 of our mini-series focusing on John Kingston’s new book 'American Awakening: Eight Principles to Restore The Soul of America' — which some are calling the “post-pandemic bounceback playbook." Jeff Bethke steers a conversation that includes Virginia Cumberbatch, who leads racial justice work at Univ. of Texas, as they explore chapter 4 on …
 
In our now regular mid-week feature, Joy Beth from Christianity Today joins with the results of this week’s survey, “Is the sudden rise of Covid cases affecting your plans or behaviors?” The team unpacks this and the difference between thriving and surviving during this season and asks if we can entertain that maybe God is providing a way for us to…
 
Today we welcome Andrew Hanauer, who talks about what it means to #LoveYourNeighbor during the most divisive election of our generation and this racial reckoning. We ask the question, “What is toxic polarization doing to our brains?” A new study says polarization literally distorts how our brains process information about society. So the real quest…
 
It’s Episode 3 of our mini-series focusing on John Kingston’s upcoming book, 'American Awakening: Eight Principles to Restore The Soul of America' — a timely offering that comes out July 28, 2020. Jefferson Bethke leads a conversation that includes 'Christianity Today' president and CEO Tim Dalrymple as they explore chapter 3, which explores the te…
 
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On today’s show, (mostly) recorded in Nashville, the team processes the big ‘Better Together’ concert from last night and welcomes weekly contributor Joy Beth Smith with another fascinating survey to unpack from Christianity Today. This week’s question: “As the country is opening back up, while facing a racial reckoning, how are you feeling?” A dee…
 
How do we stay focused on our problems, instead of the people who embody them? That’s the question for today as we explore what it looks like to #LoveYourNeighbor — with perhaps the most devise election ever on the horizon, not to mention a global pandemic! Our country is in real pain, but is it new pain? Join us as we seek answers on where we step…
 
Episode 2 of our mini-series focusing on John Kingston’s new book 'American Awakening: Eight Principles to Restore The Soul of America' — a timely offering that speaks directly to the tensions that continue to divide us along racial (and other) lines. Jefferson Bethke leads a conversation that includes author and editor Anne Snyder Brooks as they e…
 
What’s your relationship with church right now? Has physical distance affected how you are worshipping? As we wait to see how quickly people will go back to (physical) church, the American Awakening team explores if the online experience is exposing weaknesses that we are better able to see from home? And as importantly, where does the murder of Ge…
 
Today we welcome Joel Rainey from Covenant Church in West Virginia, who is on the frontlines of the tensions we’re struggling with today. Pastor Joel reminds us when injustice happens at the hands of those who are supposed to be protecting us, we need more than a sermon. And we need to listen to both our African American brothers and sisters and th…
 
This is the first episode of a new 8-part series focusing on John Kingston’s forthcoming book, 'American Awakening: Eight Principles to Restore The Soul of America' — a timely offering that speaks directly to the tensions that continue to divide us along racial (and other) lines. Jefferson Bethke leads a conversation that includes activist David Ba…
 
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