The world lacks not of critics from every angle. From the “Too little, too late,” to “Finally!”, the December 19 #ChristianityToday article has rallied our primitive selves, invigorated our already established opinions, and charged us all with the imperative to act. “If you call yourself a Christian…,” then you will either renounce or repost #MarkGalli’s opinion piece.
This all is very dissatisfying. The article itself is to blame.
While “virtweets” (may I coin a phrase?) make for great social media, they do not actually make for great virtues. The end result of an opinion piece such as this, written with a fair degree of unthoughtfulness, is more noise than music, and more heat than light. Are there exceptions? Absolutely. Any movement toward a better understanding of our circumstances and a wiser engagement with how to move forward should be applauded. If this happened as a result of Galli’s article, I celebrate. Generally speaking, however, I am disappointed with the article as it is yet another example of the shallowness of our public discourse, the gravitational pull of the ideological poles to which we are being drawn, the tone-deafness and cultural bubbles in which we all live, and the paucity of truly thoughtful educational material that can help us understand better the whole of the topic we are discussing.
First, while @MarkGalli articulates the desire to be charitable to people of all political persuasions while helping Christians interpret the news, that preface is rendered disingenuous with the rest of what he writes. Galli violates this most fundamental principle by making statements that are ipso facto political, primarily the removal of someone from the office of President. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with CT taking a political stance as journalistic institutions have the prerogative to do. It should simply be duly noted, and be prefaced with false pretense.
Second, the arguments made are isolationistic, dismissive, misrepresentative, and potentially condescending. The most important lesson in persuasion is not what we say, but what and how we understand the other person with whom we are attempting to have a conversation. In other words, listen. While that is not the aim of an op-ed piece, it is still possible to acknowledge well the parties with whom you are discussing. Galli gets this wrong, as is evidenced in the two Christian Post articles I’ve included below.
Third, we not only misunderstand each other, we don’t want to understand each other. As we continue the practice of tribally categorizing “the other,” we further our blindness and dampen our empathy. Galli’s slight usage of this kind of language in the article is disappointing.
There are other critiques that I have highlighted in the articles below, but I would like to end on a couple propositions. After all, should I draw attention to the problem without offering a solution?
First, I wish Galli would have clearly articulated the moral logic that he was using, and compare that with the moral logic of someone who may disagree. Through that comparison we not only see each other in a better light, we see our own thinking in a better light. Being blind to our own ways of perceiving and opinion-making is perhaps our greatest political challenge. One of the best correctives is to clearly understand how others think and believe. That level of mutual understanding is critical for any conversation moving forward. It models charitable discourse and highlights the very best of our intellectual capacities.
Second, help us navigate to a better understanding of “Christianity.” I have my own proposal that “Christianity” is not an identity that we should be adhering to, whether or not you use the term. The historical person of Jesus is the core essence and genetic core of what has become Christianity. The diverse ambiguities of our modern expression of this religion, I propose, should all be understood through the perspective of Jesus himself. And to do that, you have to do history, cultural anthropology, archaeology, and second-temple Judaism really well. In other words, we need to be educated well, to have a “better understanding of Christianity” predicated on a better understanding of Jesus.
Third, prophetically call out immorality, corruption, and injustice. Do not prescribe a political pathway. Why could not the most important conclusion and exhortation be humility, contrition, and repentance? Would not that have accomplished the same result, indeed a more “Christian” result than the call for removal from office?
Fourth, bridge the divide, don’t widen it. My [forthcoming] reviews of Lilliana Mason’s Uncivil Agreement and Walter Lippman’s Public Opinion articulate the widening divide in our nation’s socio-political fabric. That there is a divide is perhaps not surprising. What is most important is how their work can enlighten a pathway forward to unum rather than more pluribus. (Due to our two-party systems and dualistic tendencies, it does feel more like “e pluribus duo” out of many, “two.”) I sense that most of us simply cannot do the complicated work of trying to mend, reconcile, and bridge, which is why we are naturally drawn toward the more simple, abstract, and more emotionally satisfying posture of strong opinions. It is for this very reason that I believe our species is desperate for those who would help us understand each other better, finding a common pathway as a common people. The CT article had that potential. I lament that in its current form, it does not have the chance.
Am I asking too much? Absolutely. But now that it’s out there, being widely talked about, I don’t think it’s too much to ask of the rest of us. Is it?
Below is the original CT article along with two additional articles from The Christian Post with my inline commentary that I believe illustrate my critique above.
VIEWS | EDITORIAL
Trump Should Be Removed from Office
It’s time to say what we said 20 years ago when a president’s character was revealed for what it was.
DECEMBER 19, 2019
In our founding documents, Billy Graham explains that Christianity Today will help evangelical Christians interpret the news in a manner that reflects their faith. The impeachment of Donald Trump is a significant event in the story of our republic. It requires comment.
The typical CT approach is to stay above the fray and allow Christians with different political convictions to make their arguments in the public square, to encourage all to pursue justice according to their convictions and treat their political opposition as charitably as possible. We want CT to be a place that welcomes Christians from across the political spectrum, and reminds everyone that politics is not the end and purpose of our being. We take pride in the fact, for instance, that politics does not dominate our homepage.
[via: As I will argue, the very substance of this article is in someways a violation of this very principle.]
That said, we do feel it necessary from time to time to make our own opinions on political matters clear—always, as Graham encouraged us, doing so with both conviction and love. We love and pray for our president, as we love and pray for leaders (as well as ordinary citizens) on both sides of the political aisle.
Let’s grant this to the president: The Democrats have had it out for him from day one, and therefore nearly everything they do is under a cloud of partisan suspicion. This has led many to suspect not only motives but facts in these recent impeachment hearings. And, no, Mr. Trump did not have a serious opportunity to offer his side of the story in the House hearings on impeachment.
[via: This is false, and frankly, irresponsible to state this.]
But the facts in this instance are unambiguous: The president of the United States attempted to use his political power to coerce a foreign leader to harass and discredit one of the president’s political opponents. That is not only a violation of the Constitution; more importantly, it is profoundly immoral.
[via: Here’s where we’re going to get into trouble. What moral principle is being violated here? This, I contend, is what needs to be stated, not just that it is immoral.]
The reason many are not shocked about this is that this president has dumbed down the idea of morality in his administration. He has hired and fired a number of people who are now convicted criminals. He himself has admitted to immoral actions in business and his relationship with women, about which he remains proud. His Twitter feed alone—with its habitual string of mischaracterizations, lies, and slanders—is a near perfect example of a human being who is morally lost and confused.
[via: This kind of rhetoric is a near-perfect example of setting yourself up for having your own words used against you.]
Trump’s evangelical supporters have pointed to his Supreme Court nominees, his defense of religious liberty, and his stewardship of the economy, among other things, as achievements that justify their support of the president. We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath. The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see. This damages the institution of the presidency, damages the reputation of our country, and damages both the spirit and the future of our people. None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character.
[via: Galli misses the moral logic of many Christians who see “the killing of the unborn” as a higher and therefore prioritized moral imperative. In other words, “none of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader ‘who supports abortion.’ ” This is why articulating the moral logic being used in arguments such as this is really important. Second, the suggestion that it is “the impeachment hearings” that “have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see” is logically perplexing. Are there no other data points to substantiate this kind of evaluation? It is hard to make the case that CT is attempting to be apolitical, when these arguments are fundamentally political buttressed by a moral evaluation.]
This concern for the character of our national leader is not new in CT. In 1998, we wrote this:
The President’s failure to tell the truth—even when cornered—rips at the fabric of the nation. This is not a private affair. For above all, social intercourse is built on a presumption of trust: trust that the milk your grocer sells you is wholesome and pure; trust that the money you put in your bank can be taken out of the bank; trust that your babysitter, firefighters, clergy, and ambulance drivers will all do their best. And while politicians are notorious for breaking campaign promises, while in office they have a fundamental obligation to uphold our trust in them and to live by the law.
Unsavory dealings and immoral acts by the President and those close to him have rendered this administration morally unable to lead.
Unfortunately, the words that we applied to Mr. Clinton 20 years ago apply almost perfectly to our current president. Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election—that is a matter of prudential judgment. That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments.
[via: This is absurd. Again, while attempting to be apolitical, this is an intrinsically political statement. To discuss the removal of a person from office is ipso facto political. In addition, the conflation of a spiritual loyalty with a political loyalty undermines any credibility of the article. “Loyalty to the Creator” has covenantal and moral implications, and may not correspond to political outcomes. To be clear, I’m not suggesting that Galli is wrong, but that Galli’s moral logic is fallacious and precarious.]
To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve. Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency. If we don’t reverse course now, will anyone take anything we say about justice and righteousness with any seriousness for decades to come? Can we say with a straight face that abortion is a great evil that cannot be tolerated and, with the same straight face, say that the bent and broken character of our nation’s leader doesn’t really matter in the end?
[via: This general line of argument, I’m afraid, will be received as condescending. Most Christians who are “pro-life,” would readily and directly confess “who [they] are and whom [they] serve.” Second, there are plenty of Christians who believe that “the bent and broken character” does really matter. But again, there is a different moral logic and hierarchy at play.]
We have reserved judgment on Mr. Trump for years now. Some have criticized us for our reserve. But when it comes to condemning the behavior of another, patient charity must come first. So we have done our best to give evangelical Trump supporters their due, to try to understand their point of view, to see the prudential nature of so many political decisions they have made regarding Mr. Trump. To use an old cliché, it’s time to call a spade a spade, to say that no matter how many hands we win in this political poker game, we are playing with a stacked deck of gross immorality and ethical incompetence. And just when we think it’s time to push all our chips to the center of the table, that’s when the whole game will come crashing down. It will crash down on the reputation of evangelical religion and on the world’s understanding of the gospel. And it will come crashing down on a nation of men and women whose welfare is also our concern.
Mark Galli is [was] editor in chief of Christianity Today.
Why it is wise for Christians to support President Trump
By Jack Graham, Op-Ed Contributor
Thursday, December 19, 2019
In 2016, I along with others were invited to be a part of Donald Trump’s Religious Advisory Council. He had attended First Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Fla., a few times when I was pastor there in the late 1980s, but I did not interact with him. So, when he decided to run for president, like me, many in the evangelical world did not know him, and he was a long shot among conservatives in America. But in the providence of God, he was elected for “such a time as this,” and the rest is history.
I have gladly served as an Evangelical advisor. For evangelicals, it was at first a small window of opportunity to stem the tide of secularism and liberalism in our beloved nation out of a hope that we could advance principles of faith into the culture and better the lives of Americans – to be salt and light as Jesus has commanded all of his followers.
[via: Pay attention to the language used here. While Galli is discussing “personal morality,” Graham here is discussing “the tide of secularism and liberalism,” a signal to conservative Christians of the “culture war” and “decline in values,” a problem far bigger than the moral reputation of a president and his religious supporters. This is an example of the significant cultural divide within Christianity that has existed for some time, the tension and relationship between personal piety and societal influence/power.]
Some Christians who think us foolish and gullible have met this effort with skepticism and cynicism, decidedly ignoring the many ways President Donald Trump has positively impacted our country and honored the beliefs that Americans and Christians hold dear. Our critics seem to have a theology with so little grace and they fail to recognize that someone with an unrighteous past can still make righteous decisions on behalf of those they lead.
[via: This is a bit disingenuous. Galli forthrightly articulates a “patient charity” in his article. In addition, Graham seems blind to the critique having always been about an unrepentant past and a persistent immoral present. This is selection bias.]
What we have seen happen over the past three years appears to be the providential hand of God at work as President Trump has kept his promises to people of faith and delivered on policies in spite of unrelenting resistance. For example, the appointment of two conservative Supreme Court Justices and record appointments in the federal judiciary will be a legacy for the Trump Administration for generations to come. Religious freedom protections are now securely in place, which are critical to the proclamation of the Gospel and the security of churches and religious organizations in our country and the world.
[via: Graham may want to consider that “religious freedom protections” have not always been “critical to the proclamation of the Gospel” throughout Christianity’s history. OF course, statements like this are not concerned with an historically authentic expression of Christianity, but rather a specifically Americanized version of Christianity that seeks to rule and reign in the halls of power.]
President Trump is also decidedly pro-life, stating unequivocally the importance of protecting the unborn. His policies reflect the protection of pro-life pregnancy centers and adoption agencies. In fact, his pro-life policies are more wide-reaching than any of his predecessors.
When it comes to the United States’ role in advocating for religious liberty around the world, the facts are incontrovertible. Just take into account the State Department’s Ministerial on International Religious Freedom, which represented the largest human rights event of any kind in State Department history.
When it comes to humanitarian assistance, the United States government is actually providing more humanitarian assistance around the world than any previous administration.
[via: This needs some significant fact-checking. There are far too many complications to make a statement such as this.]
As Christians, we also care deeply about our communities and therefore wholeheartedly support President Trump’s Opportunity Zones, led by former NFL player and former Texas congressman Scott Turner who is also a Prestonwood Baptist church member and whose passion for Christ inspires his work, impacting low-income and underserved cities through economic revitalization.
Then there’s the passing of the most significant prison reform effort in 30 years which represented another example of the role the President’s evangelical advisors have played in shaping administration policy—positively impacting lives and families through the First Step Act, which embraced a Biblically inspired redemptive and restorative approach to Criminal Justice, giving nonviolent prisoners a second chance at life. This entire initiative began at a dinner I attended at the White House on the eve of the National Day of Prayer just a few months after the President took office. I should say it also corrected aspects of the bill championed by President Bill Clinton and Senator Joe Biden which resulted in the tragic mass incarceration of young black men in America.
[via: I concur, that the passing of The First Step Act should be lauded for all the reasons mentioned. Yes, it is a corrective of the “tough on crime” bills passed in the 1980s and 1990s.]
Under this President, the economy has added more than six million jobs, reducing unemployment to 3.5%, which is considered ‘full employment’ by economists resulting in the lowest unemployment figures ever recorded for minority communities in the United States.
[via: Economic statistics need at the very least correlative legislation. While this is true, the question is What policies have contributed to this growth? There are also several policies that have contributed to a significant decline in various sectors, such as agriculture.]
Of course, many evangelical Christians support Israel and we are grateful that our president has affirmed Jerusalem as the historic and biblical capital of the Jewish people (as Congress mandate over twenty years ago) and he has strengthened the United States’ ties to our strongest ally in the Middle East all as he has sought friendship and peace with Arab nations causing some to speculate that there could finally be an end the enmity between many Arab nations and the State of Israel.
President Trump is a leader. He fights for principles and policies we hold dear as his constituents.
Our president is vibrant and strong, which is exactly what America needs nationally and internationally. National security is obviously strong under this president’s watch. This includes the security of missionaries and religious minorities around the world. President Trump has fought to protect our country from the possibility of another 9/11 with stronger immigration policies and with support from the President and Vice President, Evangelical advisors have served on the border and have encouraged churches to bring hope and healing to refugees, and also to U.S. Border Patrol Agents, who are facing one of the biggest crises of our time. At the urging of evangelicals, the president has advocated for a permanent solution for Dreamers while holding the line on illegal immigration.
[via: The Trump Administration is ending DACA. Is this the “permanent solution” that Graham is referring to?]
President Trump has been steadfast and unrelenting in his fight against socialism, an ideology which resulted in massive religious persecution for most of the last century and the death of millions. There are those pushing this dangerous and destructive ideology in our country, regardless of what history has shown and what is currently taking place in socialist countries – the relative size of the United States – around the world. As I’ve said before, no serious Christian can seriously support socialism. Where this has been tried it has failed.
On a personal level, I have found our President to be warm, personable and welcoming. He respects people of faith and relies on their prayers. He listens and he listens to the concerns of those he trusts. Among those in his administration and the White House, there are many Bible-believing Christians, beginning with Vice President Mike Pence and including cabinet members like Secretary Pompeo, Secretary Carson and others. These are bright, caring public servants who work for the president and practice their faith with the highest integrity and with a commitment to the issues that matter for Americans. This is a tribute to President Trump’s ability to lead and his commitment to conservative values.
From this pastor’s perspective, we have a leader for our country who is giving heart and soul to restore and renew the greatness of the American vision as one nation under God. It is wisdom, not foolishness, which has prompted many of us to support this president and to pray for and to pray with him. I personally believe I am called by God to use my influence for the sake of generations to come, including my own children and grandchildren. And this includes collaborative efforts of evangelicals across denominational lines with a president who is not only faith-friendly but faith-affirming.
When we began to work with the Trump Administration, it was with the hope that our president would keep the promises he made to America and advocate for conservative biblical principles. We continue to support him because he has kept those promises (all of them) and often he has exceeded them and beyond expectations. The 2020 election is pivotal, and we all should be prayerful that the policies of our president are secured for generations to come.
So call me foolish, but I’ve never been more confident in the will of God as we work and pray together with President Donald Trump with the future in mind.
May we as Christians practice between ourselves the admonition of Scripture given to us by the apostle Paul when he said, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.”
Dr. Jack Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the largest and fastest-growing churches in America. He is also a noted author, and his PowerPoint Ministries broadcasts are available in 92 countries and are heard daily in more than 740 cities. Follow him @jackngraham.
Why I still stand by 45
By Jentezen Franklin
Friday, December 20, 2019
I have asked Christianity Today for the opportunity to present the actual reasoning of an evangelical Christian leader rather than being spoken for by a lone writer who has never asked me, or any other evangelical leader or pastor I am aware of, why they would support the current President, Donald Trump, and I speak with hundreds of national Christian leaders each month.
Additionally, I would like to respectfully challenge the author’s definition of morality and character within the context of first-hand observation, the social context we live in today, and by the values evangelical Christians hold closest.
[via: Here is exactly what I was referring to above.]
To miss the fact that this nation was sliding down a slope to a cliff between 2008 and 2016 would be nothing less than turning a blind eye or political deafness. Federally funded abortion on demand was a machine raging out of control, our prisons were in desperate need of reform, and a 1% GDP was the “new normal.”
Socialism was on the rise and our religious liberties as citizens, business owners, and even clergy were being threatened at greater levels than any other time in modern history.
Make no mistake, our nation was every bit as divided as it is now, and evangelicals felt every bit of concern and even anger at the direction our nation was being driven—only Christians didn’t march in the streets and respond in physical ways like we see today. Instead, we prayed, we guarded our churches and our families and we waited for our chance to speak out at the ballot box. And on November 8, 2016, we made our voices known as one of the largest voting blocks in the nation.
[via: In considering Lilliana Mason’s book Uncivil Agreement, it appears that there is substantive evidence to suggest that we are more divided now than we’ve ever been, and to further extremes than before.]
For most who voted that day, they are stronger in their resolve now than they were then, and the polls show those numbers have even expanded exponentially since that historic day.
This is not because millions of evangelicals have lost their moral compass or betrayed their beliefs or turned their backs on God. It is because they see a president who has lived up to a different kind of integrity and character in a leader by keeping his promises. Add to that the fact that he is the most pro-life president in modern history, and the record of Donald J. Trump’s actions speak a better testimony than 100 words or tweets spoken in haste.
In just three short years, over 200 conservative federal judges have replaced what was once a politically driven, activist judicial system changing the make-up of one of the most activist courts in our history, the ninth circuit court of appeals.
These accomplishments make a better case for a sustained drive for justice and truth that speak every bit as strongly to the character and morality of a national leader than pious platitudes and a false bipartisanship. What we have witnessed is extraordinary leadership in the face of incredible adversity—a different kind of moral fiber, especially when 13 new federal court seats were confirmed the same day the U.S. House of Representatives was impeaching the president.
When millions of evangelicals helped elect Donald J. Trump to be the president in 2016, the vast majority of evangelicals weren’t looking for a political statesman—they were looking for a fighter—someone who saw the challenge for what it was, the fight of our lifetime.
Men who never see a single day on the battlefield will never understand the bloody nature of an actual fight, and neither will the cold unaffected critic who observes from a distance and lobs in their criticism from the safety of their corner office.
It’s a different kind of character that is found in courageous leadership, fortitude, and dogged determination. There is a deeper morality in keeping your promises AFTER you’ve been elected.
If you have the courage, you stand with the leader who stands for the very things you would hope a president would stand for—the sanctity of life, religious freedom for private citizens and business owners, conservative federal judges, standing with the nation of Israel, and a better tomorrow for those living in poverty, especially in our largest cities—the very values and policies you pray to God your president will push forward and stand on.
And he has stood up for every single one. Those ARE Christian values.
[via: Listen carefully to what is being said here. What is being equated to “Christian” is significant and consequential.]
It’s a faulty and presumptuous notion to assume that any religious leader who stands with this president has not spent hour after hour on their knees in prayer asking for God to show them where to stand and who to stand with. It’s a callous miscalculation to assume that those who are actually in the fray are not in it at the leading of the Holy Spirit or under the protection of their God.
[via: Again, what I mentioned above, how some of Galli’s words are being received.]
Thousands of pastors and Christian leaders stand with millions of U.S. evangelicals who stand with this president with eyes wide open and at no personal or professional gain. In fact, for many, the exact opposite happens. For those of us who are at the table with the president in a prayer and advisory role are there first, because we go where we are asked to go. And second, because we sense the hour we are in, and we are down for the fight.
Citing the impeachment in the House of Representatives as the reason the president should resign shows the partisan nature of the article, mimicking talking points from one side of the aisle while turning a deaf ear to every single member of the other.
[via: Yes. Agreed.]
To assume the evangelical leaders who disagree with the outcome in the House are not able to place truth above political agendas is the worst of assumptions and reveals a lack of objectivity. For most, they see the simple and pragmatic truth: Abuse of Power isn’t a crime; it’s an opinion shared only by one side of the aisle.
Obstruction of Congress is what happened with every private meeting in the basement and with every witness the Republicans were never allowed to call. Disagreeing with the outcome doesn’t prove bias or partiality, it simply means we have eyes and ears and the ability to come to our own conclusions. The same conclusions the majority of Americans have come to.
I would like to respectfully ask Christians who stand so vehemently against this president, what is your alternative? You have witnessed the policy achievements, the economy, the tax reforms and the stance opposing abortion and everything else. As you look at the choices on the other side of the ticket, what do you see that even remotely resembles the values your faith holds dearest? Socialism? Abortion on demand? Jailing Christian business owners? Is the valley between the two ends of the spectrum not wide?
Is your disdain for the man greater than the policies and values that matter most to our faith? Or, will you sit home and not vote at all? Indifference is one of the greatest diseases of this age and the sin of silence, in one of the most critical times in history, is not an act of courage but rather a flaunting of a freedom men and women died to protect.
[via: It is here that Franklin loses credibility through a hypocritical table turn.]
In the end, I can only pray that people of faith who read the article written by the outgoing editor-in-chief calling for the resignation of the president will see it for what it is and what it is not.
What it is: Just the opinion of one man and not the formal representation of any denomination, group of religious leaders, or anyone in particular with any intentionality, which is why there are no quotes and no reference to anyone other than his own opinions.
What it is not: It is not representative of my thoughts or motives, nor the thoughts and motives of any religious leader I know or am in regular contact with every week—all across the nation.
Bottom line is this: Evangelical leaders and private citizens who are Christians all across this nation are stepping out of the shadows and onto the stage, off the sidelines and into the game in record numbers.
Mark Galli, in his own words, also once described some of us who voted for this president when he said: “These other evangelicals often haven’t finished college, and if they have jobs (and apparently most of them don’t), they are blue collar jobs or entry level work.”
So while the article penned as a parting shot to evangelicals who have supported Donald Trump by the outgoing editor-in-chief may represent the voice of Mark Galli, it does not [represent] the millions of hard-working men and women of faith or the heart or character of believers who support this president. And in no way reflects the values and heart of Christianity today in these United States of America.
Pastor Jentezen Franklin is the Senior Pastor of Free Chapel, a multi campus church. Each week his television program Kingdom Connection is broadcast on major networks all over the world. A New York Times best-selling author, Jentezen has written eight books including his latest, Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt.