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.

Duane Alexander Miller shares five common motivations that draw Muslims to the gospel of Jesus Christ and the church’s role during this unprecedented time for Muslim ministry. He is an Anglican pastor serving in Spain. He provides insight about shari’a law and calls from within the Muslim community for its own theological reformation. What You’ll Learn: Five Reasons that Often Lead Muslims to Consider the Gospel of Jesus Christ The Role of the Church in Welcoming Muslim Immigrants How an Non-Western Worldview of Community Impacts New Believers from a Muslim Background About the Guest:  Duane Alexander Miller has had the…
Ruth Ripken shares insights from over 35 years in missions, 4 ways for Christians to get over fear, why Christian women must be the ones to reach out to Muslim women with hospitality and what it means to love our neighbor well. She is a veteran missionary who 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…
Should a church move when many of its congregants no longer live nearby? What should a church do if it’s neighborhood experiences drastic change? While economic and demographic changes are clearly visible in a gentrifying neighborhood, the unseen effects of trauma on those originally in the community are often overlooked. Dr. Mark Strong shares how pastors can help their churches process, grieve, and move forward despite the significant impact gentrification has left on their community. Dr. Strong also reveals how to decide where a church building should be located and how to have a healthy approach to the physical building…
Pastor Alfonse Javed looks beyond his personal experiences to Jesus’ heart for Muslims and His heart for the nations living in our communities. Christ’s command is straight forward, “love your neighbor”. But fear, presumption or cultural differences may get in the way. Then what? Special Guest Host: Chris Clayman, co-founder of Global Gates Network and Heart for Muslims What You’ll Learn: Where to start if your congregation isn’t interested in reaching out to Muslims What to do about fear, presumption or indifference when they are stumbling blocks to reaching out to Muslims in your community? About the most effective missionaries…
Pastor Alfonse Javed shares experiences that reveal the need to love our enemies, support religious freedom, find common ground and love our neighbors well. He grew up in a Christian family in a Muslim-majority country, Pakistan. Then in America, he was shunned as though he were Muslim. Special Guest Host: Chris Clayman, co-founder of Global Gates Network and Heart for Muslims What You’ll Learn: What It Was Like as a Christian Growing Up in Pakistan — a Muslim Majority Country How Urban Missions is Impacting Global Missions About the Importance of Finding Common Ground to Relate to Image Bearers of…
Preity Upala calls all sports fans and geopolitical observers to consider cricket’s importance in India and the world. Though a holdover of British colonialism, Indian cricket is now a dominating force in the world’s second most watched sport. Preity, a sports analyst, former investment banker, former Miss India International and geopolitical expert, examines cricket as a source of domestic economic empowerment, global prestige, and international soft power. What You’ll Learn: How India’s cricket teams impact cricket globally How cricket plays into India’s soft power in international politics About the domestic economic impact of cricket Bonus Content Video: Understanding Cricket in…
Seth Bouchelle highlights how the command to love our neighbor and the great commission fuse in modern urban missions. He challenges assumptions about cross cultural ministry, the examples modeled by Jesus and effectively reaching out to Muslims. Plus as a peek in to the world of missions, he explains why being a missionary is a lot like being a standup comic. What You’ll Learn: How studying Islam could be counterproductive in building relationships with Muslims About the importance of honor-shame dynamics in outreach to Muslims How being a missionary is similar being a stand-up comedian About the Guest:  Seth Bouchelle…
Seth Bouchelle breaks down the obstacles that often intimidate Christians — preventing them from sharing their faith effectively, as a missionary or in a personal setting. As a church planter, missionary, and trainer who works with urban and diasporic churches, he also looks at the unique aspects of this ministry and how missionaries can better prepare for it. What You’ll Learn: A main reason Christians don’t share their faith in their personal circles Some key distinctives of urban cross-cultural ministry What missionaries need to understand in order to be effective in diasporic ministry About the Guest:  Seth Bouchelle has been…
Dr. Dru Johnson explores the inescapable impact of ordinary and extraordinary routines. With examples ranging from tooth brushing to baptism, he encourages everyone to “examine our ritual lives.” Those examinations can deepen our understanding about the traditions that define life and religion — the ways in which individuals and communities are different and similar. In particular, Christians can benefit from understanding the rituals and practices of other religions because it helps us to know what they value and how they think about themselves. What You’ll Learn: Where to find rituals in everyday life The importance of identifying why rituals are…
Elli Oswald reconsiders the best ways American churches can serve some of the world’s most vulnerable children and honor them as image bearers of God. Through the Faith to Action Initiative, she advocates for systemic changes that would make orphanages obsolete around the globe. What You’ll Learn : The Research about Orphanages, Family-Based Care and Child Development The Risks Involved with Mission Trips to Orphanages How Conflicts — Like the War in Ukraine —Affect Children and Orphans About the Guest:  Elli Oswald is the Executive Director of the Faith to Action Initiative. The organization advocates for family-based care for children…

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