Our Urban Voices Podcast Episodes

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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Through sports and chess, Robert Katende takes Christ to communities of young people from all religions living in IDP camps and local slums in Uganda. He shares his wisdom on mentoring young people, pastoral calling, effective sports ministry, and the absolute importance of ministry contextualization. Since the true story of one of his students was…