Our Urban Voices Podcast – All Episodes

All Our Urban Voices Podcast Episodes

The Our Urban Voices podcast aims to share a wide variety of diverse voices that can add to discussions on Christian ministry, missions, theology, and culture. We focus predominantly on these topics from the viewpoints of urban and Muslim ministries. Hosted by Dr. Alfonse Javed.

James Rayment unpacks what how Muslims and Christians can have conversation without compromise and build relationships despite fundamental disagreements. These dialogues stand in stark contrast to perennial accusations of cancel culture in America. James Rayment pushes back on some common misconceptions that Protestants have about Muslims. He outlines four steps that churches can take to get to know Muslim people in their neighborhoods. The Al-Ma’idah Initiative hosts events and trains churches to do the same; it is an unapologetically Christian organization. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: How Food Can Be a Catalyst for Relationship Building 4 Practical Tips for Churches to Host…
Ruth Ripken shares why its so important for Christian women to be the ones to reach out to Muslim women with hospitality plus 4 ways to overcome fear and love their neighbors well. With 35 years of experience in missions, she has lived in several countries in Africa, learned about different cultures, ministered to believers in persecution and participated in relief efforts with her husband Nik Ripen. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: About the importance of hospitality in relationships with Muslim women Four ways to get over the ‘fear factor’ and not be afraid to say or do the wrong thing About…
Dr. Matthew Kaemingk separates the Christian response from the political rhetoric that can dominate the conversation about Muslim immigration in America. Looking at Jesus’ example and with practical examples from around the globe, he looks at failures and successes of Christians loving their Muslim neighbors well despite fundamental religious differences. Dr. Kaemingk is the author of the book: Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: How Politics Fail to Support a Christian Response to Muslim Immigration About Christians Being a Good Host and a Good Guest Why Christians Should Care about Bans on Hijabs…
Pastor Mike Rubino, Lead Pastor at Cornerstone Bible Church, saw the congregation grow from 40 people to 400 people. The fruit of revitalization was plain to see, soon after the church started down that road. Pastor Mike now works with many other congregations — offering a bird’s eye view of local congregations and a simple roadmap to a thriving body of Christians. Pastor Mike Rubino shares that journey and practical steps that any congregation can follow in his soon to be released book, The Revitalize Roadmap. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: 4 Simple Steps to Begin Revitalization in a Congregation in 4…
Brant Hansen compares toxic masculinity to what it actually means to follow Jesus. Moving from generational trauma to generational hope, he shares his discoveries about mentoring, adulting, and fatherhood as a man in today’s culture. How can a man defend his family against harmful intruders and cultivate a life where the people around him can thrive? Brant Hansen’s most recent book is The Men We Need: God’s Purpose for the Manly Man, the Avid Indoorsman, or Any Man Willing to Show Up. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: How fake things, like pornography, can disrupt adulthood How to start impactful one-month-mentorships with young…
Divya Maiya gives us a peek into the world of South Asian dance. She is the co-founder of the South Asian Arts and Theater House — SAATH — based in Minneapolis, MN. More than Bollywood and Bhangra, she looks at how dance can be a fun way to build community across and beyond the South Asian diaspora. And, she talks about breaking stereotypes, appreciating cultural traditions and the motivation for her own #SareeAdventures. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: About the Roots of Various of South Asian Dances How Dance Can Tell the History and Culture of a People How Dance Can Build…
Jami Staples discovered a unique approach to reveal lies and trauma that often ensnare Christian and Muslim women—same lies, different contexts. Through the Truth Collective, Christian women are empowered to see themselves through God’s eyes—with inherent value—and be empowered to heal from trauma. Then, Christian women can be free to humbly and boldly engage Muslim women who share similar experiences. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN (3 points, Bulleted List): Why it’s important for Christian women to have access their own transformation testimony How a “both – and” ministry can minister to both Christian women and to Muslim women How unhealed trauma can…
Dr. Matt Bennett unpacks sin, forgiveness and atonement – comparing the Biblical and Quranic views. In a conversation between Muslims and Christians, the same word can communicate very different ideas. Those unexplored differences can become obvious in how the afterlife is described. How is the Quran’s Paradise understood in comparison to the Bible’s description of Heaven? WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: 6 key questions for Christians to understand a Quranic view compared to the Biblical view, including the meanings of sin and forgiveness How Quranic concepts may have impacted Arabic-speakers whether or not the community is Muslim How Christians can offer better…
Rachel Pieh Jones discusses four common questions about Christmas from Muslims in her community and she offers ways American Christian families can grow closer to Jesus by learning from the global Christian community. Rachel offers tips for families about how to make new Christmas traditions, all while she sheds light on her family’s experiences celebrating Christmas where Christians make up less than 1% of the country, Djibouti. WHAT YOU’LL LEARN: Four Questions that Muslims and Other Non-Christians May Have about Christmas About Finding Commonality in What the Quran Says concerning the Birth of Jesus Tips for Families Celebrating Christmas on…
The Power of Proximity Series: Steve Moses shares examples, how to spot symptoms of trauma, how to help Muslim refugees who may be affected by trauma and the critical roles of joy and listening well. He outlines seven keys to begin the process of healing from trauma. What You’ll Learn: When suffering becomes trauma and who is affected by it? What are the symptoms of trauma? About seven effective steps that are part of the process to heal from trauma About the Guest:  Steve Moses has worked with and lived among Muslims primarily from Northern Africa, the Middle East, and…

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