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Episode 515: America After Roe & Pursuing Shalom with Amy Sherman

Phil and Kaitlyn are finally back from (separate) trips to Europe, but they’re returning to a very different America. The Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe and ended the Constitutional right to abortion. What’s good about the decision? What’s concerning? And why is it increasingly unacceptable to have a nuanced understanding of this issue? Then, a new article by Ronald Brownstein says America’s relative unity in the 20th century was an anomaly, and the country may be heading toward a permanent split. Can the union be saved?

Skye then talked to Amy Sherman, the author of our Holy Post Book Club selection, “Agents of Flourishing: Pursuing Shalom in Every Corner of Society.” Sherman says we need a larger, more biblical vision of God’s redemption, and we must recapture what it means for Christ’s people to be a “royal priesthood” in parts of the culture often overlooked by the church. Plus, Phil’s European report includes wild horses, naked Dutch men, and a frustrating lack of Diet Coke.

Patreon Bonus: Getting Schooled by Kaitlyn Schiess, Faith & Capitalism 101 -

News Segment

0:00 - Intro

1:28 - Kaitlyn’s travelogue

6:54 - Phil’s travelogue

20:03 - America after Roe

44:28 - America growing apart

Interview with Amy Sherman

“Agents of Flourishing” -

57:07 - Amy Sherman intro

59:02 - Jeremiah 29:7

1:05:27 - Royal priesthood

1:10:08 - Community endowments

1:13:24 - Understanding flourishing

1:24:09 - Ethics and Christian influence

Other resources referenced in the episode:

“Roe Is Reversed, and the Right Isn’t Ready” by David French (The Dispatch) -

“America is Growing Apart, Possibly for Good” by Ronal Brownstein (The Atlantic) -

“No Future Without Forgiveness” by Desmond Tutu -

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