Steven Martin

Director of Communications and Development for the National Council of Churches.

Posts by Steven Martin

Making Peace and Following Jesus: an interview with Jer Swigart (podcast)

With a society that is becoming more and more divided, with a contentious political race ahead, and with global conflict on the rise, the world is in need for a church that carries out its role as a maker of justice and peace.  Are the American Churches, Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, and Mainline, ready to do
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Kenneth Briggs on “The Invisible Bestseller”

With Bible sales on the rise, and with its ongoing reputation as the best-selling book of all time, one might surmise that we’re in a golden age of Bible literacy and moral development.  A quick look around today might lead one to a different set of conclusions. Today we discuss the Bible, it’s role in
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God, the Baltimore Police, and Everytown

By Rev. Steven D. Martin and Keith Swartzendruber, National Council of Churches Over a year ago, Baltimore erupted into violence after the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young man who died in police custody.  At the time, Gray’s death was considered to be the fault of “a few bad apples” in the Baltimore Police Department
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Here Comes the Apocalypse: With Alissa Wilkinson and Robert Joustra (podcast)

Still looking for a good book for your August week at the beach?  If reading about nuclear weapons wasn’t your cup of tea, how about another book about the end of the world? This week we will talk with Alissa Wilkinson and Robert Joustra, authors of “How to Survive the Apocalypse: Zombies, Cylons, Faith, and
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Nuclear Weapons and Non-Violence: Author Dan Zak (podcast)

In July 2012, three protesters, an 84-year-old Catholic nun among them, broke into a secure facility in Oak Ridge, TN, where the United States stockpiles its highly enriched uranium.  The break-in, in which fences were cut, slogans were painted, and human blood was poured on the facility’s walls, is widely known to be the most
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Exodus and Clemency: An interview with Madeline McClenney-Sadler (podcast)

With 2.3 million members of our society currently in jail or in prison, a crisis unprecedented in the history of the civilized world is unfolding, and few people in power are paying attention.  But as the end of President Obama’s term in office approaches, the possibility of clemency for those most affected by unfair sentencing
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“The End of White Christian America” with Robert P. Jones (podcast)

One of the most talked-about books this summer has the provocative title, “The End of White Christian America.”  The author is well-known to the faith community in Washington, Robert P. Jones of the Public Religion Research Institute. Today we will have a rich, fast-paced conversation with one of the leading researchers of today’s religious landscape.
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Missions and Peacemaking in Nigeria and at home: Jay Wittmeyer (podcast)

Most of the NCC’s 38 member communions engage in overseas missions of one kind or another.  Some have an emphasis on church planting and evangelism, others on development and poverty eradication.  Others focus on peacemaking as a central component of mission work. Today we will talk with Jay Wittmeyer, Executive Director of Global Mission and
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Statement on Attack in Nice, France

Once again we are awakened to news of a devastating attack against innocent lives, this time in the city of Nice, France.  We are deeply saddened by this news and stand in solidarity with the people of France at this time.   Our prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, for those
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Retrospective on a Disastrous War

In the midst of the awful news of the shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, LA, of Philando Castile near Minneapolis, MN, and of five Dallas police officers, I pause in the midst of a family vacation to reflect briefly on the Chilcot Inquiry, also known as the Iraq Inquiry, a high-level British government
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