MATTHEW HAWKINS’ career spans 18 years at the intersection of religion and politics, including over a decade of broadcasting and podcasting experience and 8 years in government relations. Most recently he served in Washington, D.C. as a policy director for the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), the public policy entity of the largest organization of Protestant churches in the United States. During that role he also hosted a podcast for four years that featured members of Congress, ambassadors, and other policy makers. Matt also participated in the International Religious Freedom Roundtable, serving as co-chair of the congressional working group and on the steering committee.
Earlier in his career Matt served as executive producer for two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts. After 8 years in Washington he is pursuing a PhD in public theology while working as a podcaster, writer, and consultant. Matt remains an Associate Fellow with the ERLC’s Research Institute and serves as a board member for One America Movement, an intiative to bring Americans together across racial, religious, political and geographic divides to address pressing social problems. His writing has appeared at The Wall Street Journal, ERLC.com, ReligiousFreedomInstitute.org, and in a collaborative chapter for The Rhetoric of Religious Freedom in the United States (2017, an academic title). Matt holds an M.A. in Philosophy (Ethics and Public Affairs) from George Mason University, a B.B.A from Belmont University, and lives with his family in the Nashville, TN area.
September 17th, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 6 mins
Matt and John talk religion headlines including self-flagellation commemorating Ashura, joint Hindus & Muslims prayers, and U.S. Senate passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act.
September 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 16 mins
Matt asks John to share his experiences as an American Muslim following 9-11-01.
September 3rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 58 mins 10 secs
Matt and John review the Netflix series "The Family."
August 27th, 2019 | Season 1 | 44 mins 20 secs
evangelicals, presidents, trump
Is president trump Messianic? Matt and John analyze the apocalyptic news cycle.
July 3rd, 2019 | Season 0 | 57 mins 40 secs
But will John eat the halal pork?
June 13th, 2019 | Season 0 | 59 mins
Matt and John talk religious artifacts located in Israel and Turkey.
June 5th, 2019 | Season 0 | 27 mins 15 secs
How not to do multifaith engagement. Matt and John swap awkward multifaith experiences.