Research tells us Americans are both lonelier and more connected than ever before. Why then can’t we seem to love our neighbors well?

This week on The Bulletin, hosts Mike Cosper and editor in chief Russell Moore tackle the latest news with an eye for where we might discover a neighbor when we previously saw only an enemy. Nicole Martin joins the conversation to talk about the fears and desires that accompany our immigration politics and highlights the cognitive dissonance between wanting to help and resisting practical legislation that actually makes a difference.

Later, Atlantic writer Tom Nichols stops in for a lively discussion of the recent Durham report and the interpersonal resentment and boredom that could set Americans up for an authoritarian government. And CT editorial director Kate Shellnutt rounds out the episode talking about Chi Alpha’s latest sexual abuse scandal and the tragedy of communities who don’t protect their most vulnerable members.

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.

Tom Nichols is a staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of the Atlantic Daily newsletter. He is a professor emeritus of national security affairs at the US Naval War College, where he taught for 25 years, and an instructor at the Harvard Extension School. He has served as a legislative aide in the Massachusetts House and the US Senate. He writes about international security, nuclear weapons, Russia, and the challenges to democracy in the United States and around the world—along with occasional contrarian views on popular culture. His books include The Death of Expertise and Our Own Worst Enemy: The Assault From Within on Modern Democracy. He is also a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! champion.

Kate Shellnutt is editorial director of news and online for Christianity Today, where she leads the magazine’s news team and reports and edits for online.

Resources referenced:
What I Learned From My Guest Role on Succession
Registered Sex Offender Continued to Minister to Chi Alpha Students
Beth Moore’s tweet on sexual abuse in church settings

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