This week on The Bulletin hosts Mike Cosper, Nicole Martin, and editor in chief Russell Moore discuss the latest congressional hearings, where US university presidents defend hate speech on campus. Historian Thomas Kidd joins the show to talk about how we talk about dead people—the nice and the not so nice. Finally, McLean Bible Church’s new lead pastor, Mike Kelsey, drops by for an honest and inspiring conversation about the struggles and opportunities of multiethnic churches.

Joining us this week:

Thomas S. Kidd serves as research professor of church history at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kidd completed a PhD in history at the University of Notre Dame, where he worked with historian of religion George Marsden, and he earned BA and MA degrees at Clemson University in South Carolina. Kidd has authored numerous books, including Thomas Jefferson: A Biography of Spirit and Flesh (Yale University Press, 2022), Who Is an Evangelical? The History of a Movement in Crisis (Yale University Press, 2019), and American History, vols. 1 and 2 (B&H Academic, 2019).

Mike Kelsey is lead pastor at McLean Bible Church in metro Washington, DC, where ​he has been a pastor for over 16 years. Previously, Mike served as campus pastor at the MBC’s Montgomery County location and as a member of the teaching team, as well as in other pastoral roles, including pastor of MBC’s Frontline Silver Spring.

Resources Referenced:
There Is No Right to Bully and Harass by David Frum
Friendship and Humanity v.s. The Orgy of Truth Telling by Roger Berkowitz
From Which River to Which Sea? by Ron E. Hassner

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