Crossing Faiths

Crossing Faiths
A Christian & a Muslim talk religion & politics

Faith and politics: Prayer Breakfast, Trump, Romney, Falwell, Muslims, Democrat Primaries
Feb 13 • 59 min
Matt and John rattle off on some headlines involving religion and politics, and the 2020 election.Support Crossing FaithsLinks:2020 Election: Why Religious Conservatives Would Vote for Trump | National ReviewImpeachment leads to theological war of words…
Does the Quran allow a Muslim to be a friend with a Christian?
Feb 6 • 46 min
Matt and John scramble to remember what to talk about. Topics end up including: Does the Quran allow a Muslim to be a friend with a Christian or a Jew? What is the "Q" document? Who wrote the first Gospel? (chronologically) What is the proper etiquette…
Prayer in schools: Japan vs. U.S.A. | Special Guest: Shino Yokotsuka
Jan 30 • 43 min
Shino Yokotsuka, a Tokyo native and a PhD student in Boston, joins Matt and John to compare school prayer practices in United States and Japan. Did you know Japanese school children must dye their hair black if their hair isn't naturally black? Can…
“Unequally yoked” marriage?; Pocket Burgers
Jan 23 • 58 min
So what about this the Bible verse about being "unequally yoked"? Does it have to do with egg cholesterol? Matt and John debate the meaning and application of 2 Corinthians 6:14 within and beyond Christian circles. Also, what foods can you get past DC…
The Crossing Faiths backstory: An interview with Vantage Points
Jan 15 • 50 min
For a feature article in PASS USA's Vantage Points, Hashaw Elkins interviews Matt and John about the origins of Crossing Faiths. Hashaw Elkins is a certified business analyst and project management consultant. Hashaw has led projects in operations,…
Season 2 Preview: Does halal BBQ exist in Nashville?
Jan 8 • 45 min
Matt and John preview their topics of focus for Season 2 in 2020, along with: Can we find "halal BBQ" in Nashville? John has a Sunday morning Penecostal experience Attacks on places of worship 4 reasons religious freedom is declining gloabally Release of…
Special guest: John Prabhudoss | India in Crisis
Dec 18, 2019 • 59 min
Matt & John welcome John Prabhudoss (pro. 'prah-boo-dahs'), President of the Federation of Indian American Christian Organizations, to discuss the latest protests in India over new citizenship laws passed by Parliament. Official USG channels have remained…
Special Guest: Robert Nicholson | Islam is different, and that’s ok
Dec 11, 2019 • 47 min
Robert Nicholson, president of The Philos Project, joins the show to talk about his article, "Islam is Different—and That’s Okay." Excerpts: Islam is not Christianity; the Middle East is not the West. We share some things, yes, but there is no obvious…
Reliable Jesus?
Dec 4, 2019 • 31 min
John asks Matt about reliable Jesus/Isa info. John opens up about a lousy experience in a Catholic college. Support Crossing FaithsLinks:The Case for Christ, author Lee Strobel — A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus.The Case for…
Special guest: Kristina Arriaga explains her resignation from USCIRF
Nov 27, 2019 • 47 min
Matt and John welcome Kristina Arriaga, a former USCIRF Commissioner. Arriaga recently resigned from the Commission in protest over an attempt by the U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee to dramatically alter the structure and work of the Commission. Who…
0108: On Location: London. John is shocked by Kurdistan’s Multifaith Capacity
Nov 21, 2019 • 53 min
John reports from London on the multifaith collaboration he witnessed on the ground in Kurdistan following the withdraw of U.S. troops. Anglophiles and fans of Downton Abbey will have to pardon our short rant against the United Kingdom's divine right and…
On location: Erbil, Kurdistan; A multi-faith community responds in crisis
Nov 4, 2019 • 60 min
After the United States withdraws troops from Kurdistan, precipitating a brutal invasion of the region by Turkey, John Pinna travels with Father John Anderson (Greek Orthodox) to the region. While in Erbil, "Halal John" and Father John share their on the…
Bonus: What to expect from Afghanistan election
Oct 25, 2019 • 12 min
John Pinna relays his expectations and hopes for Afghanistan following the September 28th election.Support Crossing Faiths
Headline edition: Impeachment, Security in houses of worship
Oct 3, 2019 • 55 min
Matt and John talk impeachment and one evangelical pastor predicting civil war. John admits his D&D roots and they discuss their results on the Political Compass. Support Crossing FaithsLinks:The Political CompassGOP lawmaker blasts Trump for quoting…
Fake Muslim?
Sep 26, 2019 • 73 min
Sunni, Wahhabi, Shia, Sufi, Ismaili, Ahmadiyya, Twelvers. Will the true Muslim please stand up? What makes a Muslim? What are the implications of non-Muslims declaring what is "true" Islam? Also, a review of President Trump's religious freedom declaration…
Headline edition: Self-flagellation, Hindu-Muslim joint prayer, and more
Sep 17, 2019 • 66 min
Self-flaggelation during Ashura Did Jesus' cloak hold magical healing powers? Do Hindus and Muslims worship the same god?" Will the Senate-passed Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (S.178) have any teeth? Support Crossing FaithsLinks:Photos of the Week -…
John tells of his American Muslim life after 9-11
Sep 11, 2019 • 76 min
John Pinna shares post-9/11 experiences from his family and career.Support Crossing FaithsLinks:The Montgomery Story - MLKJ (PDF)Media coverage of AIC’s Arabic Translation of MLK Comic Book “The Montgomery Story”What is Ashura? How this Shiite Muslim…
Netflix’s The Family
Sep 3, 2019 • 58 min
Matt and John review the Netflix series "The Family:" What does it matter as a citizen? What does it matter as a Christian? Is The Fellowship a cult? What about the Washington ecosystem did the documentary leave out? Support Crossing FaithsLinks:The…
Messiah Complex?
Aug 27, 2019 • 44 min
Following a quote tweet from the president, Matt and John talk messianic impulses and the American presidency.Support Crossing FaithsLinks:Trump and the politics of the Messiah - Religion News ServiceTrump and the politics of the Messiah | National…
4: Halal pork and military parades (Pilot)
Jul 3, 2019 • 57 min
Matt and John talk military parades, BBQ, jihadis (is it a word?), some theology, and ask if there is such a thing as "halal pork."Support Crossing Faiths
2: Jesus’ nails? (Pilot)
Jun 13, 2019 • 59 min
Matt and John wonder about supposed "Jesus' nails" found in Caiaphas' ossuary in Israel. John is fascinated by Moses' staff, currently in Turkey.Support Crossing FaithsLinks:Archaeologist thinks he might have found nails from Jesus’s cross - The…
1: An evangelical walks into a wudu space (Pilot)
Jun 5, 2019 • 27 min
Matt confesses an awkward moment walking into a wudu space. John gets nervous in an evangelical prayer circle. Support Crossing Faiths