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601: Never Church Evangelicals and Hopeful Politics with Michael Wear

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Release Date: 01/24/2024

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0:00 - Intro

 

1:37 - Show Starts

 

3:14 - Theme Song

 

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4:54 - Man Stuck in Urn

 

11:29 - New Year’s at Applebee’s

 

13:44 - Prince William Told to Abdicate

 

18:54 - Trump Attracting Unchurched Evangelicals

 

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54:58 - Interview with Michael Wear

 

1:33:41 - End Credits




Links Mentioned in the News Segment: 

 

Alabama Man Stuck in Decorative Urn Breaks His Silence: https://www.thedailybeast.com/alabama-man-connor-padgett-stuck-in-decorative-urn-breaks-his-silence

 

Prince William Told to Back Christianity or Abdicate: https://www.newsweek.com/prince-william-church-england-abdicate-1861430

 

Trump Is Connecting With a Different Type of Evangelical Voter: https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/08/us/politics/donald-trump-evangelicals-iowa.html




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