The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty’s podcasts feature some of our most popular lectures, in-depth discussions of current events and analysis of church-state issues.
You can listen to or download the podcasts below, and you can subscribe to our Apple Podcasts (iTunes) channel or our podcast RSS feed for the latest releases. We’re also on Stitcher and on Google Podcasts. Have a podcast feed where you want to hear us? Let us know!
Have a question or a topic you want to hear discussed in a future podcast? Contact us at BJC@BJConline.org.
Molly Marshall on theological education, an international approach to faith, and ministry experiences
Molly Marshall, the president of Central Baptist Theological Seminary, sits down for a wide-ranging discussion on theological education, her journey in ministry, the importance of an international view of religion, and advice for women beginning their career in ministry.
Rev. Dr. Aidsand Wright-Riggins sits down with BJC’s Amanda Tyler for a conversation about race, religious liberty, and reconciliation, including his experiences seeking racial justice.
Hear Dr. Corey Walker, Dr. Linda McKinnish Bridges, and Amanda Tyler in a special discussion at the BJC Dinner on April 26, 2019. Plus, BJC Fellows share their experiences.
In this episode of the BJC podcast, BJC’s Associate Director of Mobilization, Christine Browder, sat down with Rev. Charles F. Johnson of Pastors for Texas Children during Public Schools Week 2019 to discuss the role of faith leaders in supporting public dollars for public education.
BJC’s Amanda Tyler and Holly Hollman share their takeaways from the Feb. 27 oral arguments in the cross case. In this podcast, they discuss what it’s like going to the Court and being inside the courtroom with the justices (starting at 1:38), the “hot bench” as the first advocate for the government’s side began (starting at 4:40), the BJC’s brief and it being used in arguments (starting at 7:18), the presentation of the other two advocates representing the government’s side who discussed changing the “test” for cases involving an establishment of religion (starting at 11:31), the presentation of the American Humanist Association’s attorney (starting at 17:00), the tough decision facing the justices on the broadness of their ruling (22:15), and the scene after leaving the court and talking to the media (24:55). Click here for this podcast on its own page.
BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler and General Counsel Holly Hollman discuss the case of The American Legion v. American Humanist Association.
The 2019 Shurden Lectures will be held in the greater Kansas City area in late March. In the latest BJC podcast, Aidsand Wright-Riggins, the 2019 lecturer, chats with Molly Marshall about what to expect at this year’s lectures.
BJC Associate Director of Mobilization Christine Browder chats with two of the 2018 BJC Fellows, Tanner Bean and Claire Hein Blanton, about their experience at the BJC Fellows Seminar, what’s next for them, and why they choose to give to the BJC.
In this special BJC podcast, we bring you an interview of BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler by one of our partners. Brian Kaylor, the host of “Baptist Without an Adjective,” interviewed Tyler during her recent visit to Missouri.
Kaylor, who also serves as editor of Word & Way and the associate executive director of Churchnet, joins us for the first part of the podcast. Then, beginning at 6:10, you can hear Kaylor’s interview with Tyler, which covers her recent testimony before Congress, what she’s most excited about these days and more.
Take a listen to the congressional testimony of BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler from Oct. 2, 2018, when she spoke on threats to religious liberty around the world in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. Visit our blog for more information about the hearing, including a video of the entire event.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen Cook, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, discusses why he supports the Johnson Amendment and how it protects houses of worship. Click here for more details on this podcast.
Buddy Shurden joins BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler in a discussion on the 2018 Shurden Lectures, the lectures’ history and Shurden’s interest in defending and extending religious liberty for all.
Dr. Charles C. Haynes sits down with BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler to preview his upcoming presentations — focused on the rights of conscience — for the annual Shurden Lectures, coming to the campuses of Mercer University in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, on March 20-21.
Why do people of faith and charitable nonprofits want to keep the Johnson Amendment? BJC Executive Director Amanda Tyler and Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits, talk about this provision of the tax code that protects nonpartisanship in 501(c)(3) organizations. They review how people of faith and the nonprofit community are working to keep the Johnson Amendment, and they share how you can join them. Release date: Feb. 27, 2018.
Two BJC Fellows — Jaimie Crumley, a 2016 BJC Fellow (shown above on the right), and Kristen Nielsen Donnelly, a 2017 BJC Fellow, (shown above on the left) — share why they choose to support and contribute to the future of the BJC Fellows Program on Giving Tuesday.
The grand prize winner of the 2017 Religious Liberty Essay Contest, Yusra Ahmed, chats with Charles Watson Jr., BJC Education and Outreach Specialist, about her experience writing her winning essay and what she learned.
In honor of Constitution Day, listen to BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman give a lecture on the foundations of religious liberty, including how the Constitution protects our first freedom.
The National Sikh Campaign’s Gurwin Ahuja on the importance of knowing your neighbor
Ahuja, who created the Know Your Neighbor Campaign, explains his passion for religious liberty advocacy and what he hopes to do now that his job with Obama White House is over. (Released on 02/24/17)
The BJC executive director and her predecessor talk about the state of religious liberty and challenges moving forward (Released on 01/17/17)
Our fall 2016 interns talk about what it’s like to spend a semester working alongside BJC staff on Capitol Hill (Released on 12/28/16)
In his lecture from the BJC symposium Religious Liberty and the Black Church, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta discusses the subject from historical and theological perspectives (Released on 12/19/16)
The former BJC staff member and Alliance of Baptists executive director looks back on the partnerships and conflicts that have shaped Baptist life since the BJC’s creation in 1936. (Released on 10/28/16)
Former BJC board chair and Religious Liberty Council co-chair Mark Wiggs looks back on supporting the BJC, as well as his friendships with Brent Walker and James Dunn. (Released 09/13/16)
A passionate Baptist and religious liberty supporter, Echols found a home at the Baptist Joint Committee. She recalls fighting sexism, covering Congress and the brilliance of Dr. Emanuel Carlson (Released 08/26/16)
BJC General Counsel Holly Hollman and Associate General Counsel Jennifer Hawks break down the BJC’s friend-of-the-court brief in Trinity Lutheran Church v. Pauley (Released 07/13/16)
BJC Executive Director Brent Walker and Associate General Counsel Jennifer Hawks recap the oral argument in Zubik v. Burwell and the atmosphere inside and outside of the Court (Released 03/21/16)
General Counsel Holly Hollman discusses the BJC’s friend-of-the-court brief in the case ahead of the March 23 oral arguments (03/03/16)