Deirdre Jonese Austin is a 2019 graduate of Georgetown University where she majored in culture and politics with a focus in religion and social justice, minored in African-American studies, and completed a certificate in religion, ethics, and world affairs. She is currently a Master of Divinity candidate at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology pursuing certificates in Black church studies and Baptist studies. She is also a licensed Baptist minister on the track to be ordained. Jonese’s research interests include the Black church and the intersections of religion, race, politics, and social justice. You can learn more about her and also read her blog posts at

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How One Worship Leader Made Racial Justice Protests About Christian Persecution

by Deirdre Jonese Austin 10-23-2020
Sean Feucht's worship events run counter to the revolutionary spirit of Jesus.

Sean Feucht performing in Seattle, Sept. 10, 2020. Screengrab from YouTube.

“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth,” Jesus tells the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4:24. But when our worship is based in a denial of truth and runs counter to the nature and character of God is it truly worship? This is a question I have been pondering in considering a series of worship events organized by Sean Feucht, a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, worship leader, and politician.