Cross & Gavel Podcast

The Cross & Gavel Podcast is designed for Christian attorneys and law students, but our topics range from pop culture to theology, from books to movies. Host Anton Sorkin invites a variety of guests to speak on topics relating broadly to faith and culture, but our focus is on the intersection of faith and work, particularly work in the law.

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Recent Podcasts

Greg Forster, Political Science Professor, Trinity International University

Joining this week to talk about how Christianity lost its cultural influence and can begin rebuilding it anew is political science professor at Trinity International University—Greg Forster. His book, Joy for the World, can be purchased here.

Special Episode: Dr. Jason Lepojärvi, George Fox University

For our first ever Leadership Roundtable, the students and I were joined by Dr. Jason Lepojärvi on the topic of overcoming resentment culture and better loving our neighbors. Jason is the C.S. Lewis Associate Professor of Theology & Literature (Honors Program) at George Fox University.

Benjamin Storey, Visiting Fellow, The American Enterprise Institute, Author, 

Finding contentment is difficult. So, instead, we replace that pursuit with temporal acts of distraction and pleasure. Joining me this week to discuss the search for meaning through the eyes of four French philosophers is AEI Fellow and author of "Why We Are Restless" — Benjamin Storey.

Dr. Winnifred Sullivan, professor of religious studies and co-director, Center for Religion and the Human at Indiana University
Pete Williamson, Staff Member, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Chaplain, Harvard University

Anton Sorkin is joined by Dr. Winnifred Sullivan and Pete Williamson to talk about the ministry of presence and the role of chaplaincy on university campuses.

Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel, Americans United for Life

Anton Sorkin is joined by Clarke Forsythe to close out our summer of Dobbs in a discussion about the option itself and the looming state of demedicalized abortion.

John Kleining, Author, Lecturer, Australian Lutheran College

With the end of Roe comes a renewed conversation about the meaning of sex and the purpose of our physical bodies. Here to discuss the theology of the body and his new book — Wonderfully Made — is a Lutheran man from a land down under: John Kleining. 

Amelia Ragan, Attorney, Legare, Attwood & Wolfe
Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, Founder, New Wave Feminists
Cherilyn Holloway, Founder, Pro-Black Pro-Life

With the end of Roe v. Wade comes the next chapter of the abortion saga. Here to discuss whether the pro-life movement has adequately prepared us for this moment, and what States must do next to help women, is three experts on the topics of employment, community, and life: Amelia Ragan, Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, and Cherilyn Holloway. 

Ann Hartle, Professor, Philosopher, Emory University

The loss of civility has not gone unnoticed, as more and more of us seek the institutional self over the service of community and higher principles. Discussing the intellectual history of the self in the work of Michel de Montainge — and, how his understanding of civility has failed today — is philosopher Ann Hartle. 

Carolyn Chen, UC-Berkeley Sociologist

When work becomes religion in Silicon Valley  — that is the topic for this episode. With UC-Berekeley sociologist Carolyn Chen serving as our guide, helping us understand how tech workers have ushered in a new era of ritual and life in the shadows of productivity. 

Jonathan Todres, Professor of Law, Georgia State University

Finding a healthy work-life balance in the legal profession is a challenge. Anton Sorkin and Jonathan Todres discuss what students and faculty must do to help cultivate this balance.

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