Who is responsible for easing restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic? President Trump says it's his decision. Governor's think otherwise. What does the constitution say about this matter? Wednesday we will ask Dr. Mark Caleb Smith, director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University, about this question as well as the clashes that are happening when churches choose not to close during this pandemic.
How is the persecuted church being impacted by COVID-19? What are some unique challenges and opportunities that have come because of the pandemic? Todd Nettleton from Voice of the Martyrs joins Ken and Deb with an update on the current news regarding the persecuted church around the world. Be listening for specific prayer concerns as well as practical ways to serve those that are suffering persecution in addition to this current pandemic.
Dr. Smith serves as Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University. He teaches courses in American Politics, Constitutional Law, and Research Methodology/Data Analysis. Dr. Smith has authored numerous refereed journal articles, book chapters, and other publications. His primary research interest is in the field of religion and American politics. He received his B.A. in history from Bryan College (1992), an M.A. in the history of Christianity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1995), and an M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2001) in political science from the University of Georgia. Before arriving at Cedarville in 2004, Dr. Smith taught at Tulane University and Calvin College.
Todd Nettleton is director of media development for The Voice of the Martyrs, working with the media to tell the stories of persecuted Christians to people in the United States. In his role with VOM, he has met with Christians who face persecution in many countries, including Sudan, China, Egypt, Turkey, Vietnam, Pakistan, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma) and Azerbaijan.
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