Articles

We post several short articles per month, tackling complicated issues and giving space for Christians to share their experiences about race in an edifying way. Longer essays are a scholarly contribution to UWP. They examine racism in the church in light of historical and theological contexts. Both Short-Form and Long-Form essays are written by people burdened with racial reconciliation in the church.

Book Response: The Gift of the Outsider

Book Response: The Gift of the Outsider

Alicia Akins has been a friend of United? We Pray for years now. I cannot remember how we first met, but she has been writing for us on and off since 2020. I remember right away appreciating her keen insight, both about herself and those around her. She brings those...

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A NOT SO SUBTLE SHIFT

A NOT SO SUBTLE SHIFT

Growing up as a black man in rural America, I had the joy and privilege of attending predominantly black churches in my community. My earliest memories of church life involve going to First Baptist to hear Doc Smith and Rev Gentry lead prayer meetings and Bible...

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JUDGMENT AND MERCY

JUDGMENT AND MERCY

The scribes and Pharisees brought her to Jesus for judgment. Caught in adultery, they desired to exact the full penalty of the law against a woman and pummel her to death with stones. Guilty. Exposed. Vulnerable. Her life was at the mercy of the mob and the verdict of...

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WHY I STUDY BLACK HISTORY

WHY I STUDY BLACK HISTORY

Black History Month sprang out of African American celebrations of Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s February birthdays. “Negro History Week” began in February 1926 to recognize African American contributions to society and raise awareness of the prejudice...

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MLK DAY SPECIAL: BE PATIENT WITH THEM ALL (PART 2)

MLK DAY SPECIAL: BE PATIENT WITH THEM ALL (PART 2)

Paul preached patience when dealing with people sidelined in life. Regardless of whether individuals remained out of the battle due to laziness, apathy, fear, or brokenness, he said all of them must be treated with patience. We don’t care much for patience these days....

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MLK DAY SPECIAL: BE PATIENT WITH THEM ALL (PART 1)

MLK DAY SPECIAL: BE PATIENT WITH THEM ALL (PART 1)

This is the arresting and dominant fact about modern social discussion; that the quarrel is not merely about the difficulties, but about the aim. We agree about the evil; it is about the good that we should tear each other’s eyes out. – G.K. Chesterton, 1910 Over 113...

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Editor’s Pick: Our Favorite Episodes of 2022

Editor’s Pick: Our Favorite Episodes of 2022

This was a big year for our ministry. We need to thank you for sharing this podcast with your family and friends, because our subscriber base has grown tremendously this year. We were blessed to have some great guests and episodes this year. I wanted to share a few...

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