This week on The Bulletin, hosts Mike Cosper and Nicole Martin talk with attorney Matt Martens about how we can understand the rise of populism and the American vote as we look to upcoming elections. Digging deeper into the conservative evangelical psyche, Cosper and Martin discuss the SBC’s strong commitment to keep women out of the pulpit while voices argue for grace for predators. Martin poses convicting questions about the church’s future ministry to and for women. The episode ends in tribute to Juneteenth, a holiday that calls us all to hope in a freedom that is now and not yet, and to author Cormac McCarthy who died this week.

Joining us this week:
Nicole Martin serves Christianity Today as chief impact officer after serving on its board of directors. Nicole oversees three major strategic initiatives that are shaping the future of CT including The Global Initiative, the Big Tent Initiative, and the Next Gen Initiative.

Matthew T. Martens (JD, University of North Carolina School of Law; MABS, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a trial lawyer and partner at an international law firm in Washington, DC. He has spent the bulk of his twenty-seven-year legal career practicing criminal law both as a federal prosecutor and as a defense attorney. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist at the US Supreme Court and also as a political appointee in the criminal division of the US Justice Department.

Resources Referenced:
The Godless Crusade by Tobias Cremer
Commentary Podcast
Reforming Criminal Justice: A Christian Proposal
Southern Baptists Reject Rick Warren’s Saddleback Appeal
22 Recipes That Are Perfect for a Juneteenth Cookout
On Building ‘Deeply Christian’ Racial Justice Movements
Enslaved and Enslaver – Preaching Today article
Juneteenth: Faith and Freedom with Ya’Ke Smith
The Road
No Country for Old Men
Blood Meridian
All the Pretty Horses

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