This week on The Bulletin, producer Clarissa Moll and Mike Cosper talk to Matt Martens and Daniel Silliman about the Trump guilty verdict. Next, special guest Michael Wear joins the show to discuss Nikki Haley’s endorsement of Donald Trump and the rise of disenchanted voters. Next, conversation shifts to Justice Samuel Alito’s controversial flags and the power of symbols to shape and articulate belief. Finally, resident Hollywood expert Kutter Callaway joins Clarissa for a preview of this summer’s must-see movies.

Today’s Guests:

Daniel Silliman is a journalist and a historian. He is the news editor for Christianity Today, the author of a forthcoming biography of Richard Nixon, and teaches humanities at Milligan University. Daniel spent several years as a crime reporter outside Atlanta before pursuing higher education in Germany, earning an MA from Tübingen University and a doctoral degree from Heidelberg University. He has reported and edited news coverage for CT since 2019.

Matthew Martens is an experienced litigator of complex, high-stakes criminal and civil matters, with more than 20 jury trials in both state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, and California. He is the author of Reforming Criminal Justice.

Michael Wear is the founder, president and CEO of the Center for Christianity and Public Life, a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution based in the nation’s capital with the mission to contend for the credibility of Christian resources in public life, for the public good. Michael is the author of The Spirit of Our Politics: Spiritual Formation and the Renovation of Public Life, a paradigm-shifting book that advances a vision for spiritual formation in the context of political life. Michael’s first book, Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America, offers reflections, analysis, and ideas about the role of faith in the Obama years and what it means for today. He has coauthored or contributed to several other books, including Compassion and Conviction: The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement, with Justin Giboney and Chris Butler. He also writes for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Catapult Magazine, Christianity Today, and other publications on faith, politics, and culture.

Kutter Callaway is the William K. Brehm Chair of Worship, Theology, and the Arts as well as associate dean of the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, and associate professor of theology and culture at Fuller Seminary. He is author and contributor to several books, most recently Theology for Psychology and Counseling: An Invitation to Holistic Christian Practice. Some of his past titles include Techno-Sapiens in a Networked Era: Becoming Digital Neighbors, which he coauthored with Ryan Bolger, Fuller’s associate professor of church in contemporary culture; The Aesthetics of Atheism: Theology and Imagination in Contemporary Culture; and Deep Focus: Film and Theology in Dialogue.

“The Bulletin” is a production of Christianity Today:
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