Podcast Episodes

Podcast episodes taking racial struggles to the throne of grace, United? We Pray is a ministry devoted to praying about racial strife—especially between Christians.

Black History Month: Martin Luther King, Jr

Black History Month: Martin Luther King, Jr

As we continue our Black History Month series, we look today at the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was a remarkably gifted man who managed to lead the complex, often contentious movement we now think of as the Civil Rights Movement. Though he is beloved in our day, he was hated in his own. Helping us think through all of this is Dr. Kevin Smith, a pastor and church historian. We appreciate Dr. Smith’s insight and hope you are encouraged by the episode.

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Black History Month: The Faith of the Enslaved

Black History Month: The Faith of the Enslaved

Continuing our Black History Month series, Jasmine Holmes stops by the podcast to talk about the faith of American slaves and the persecution they endured. We also discuss historical sources that can give us an an idea of what slavery was like for the saints who lived through it. God sustained His people and heard their prayers, even in the worst circumstances.

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Black History Month: Francis Grimke

Black History Month: Francis Grimke

It will surprise no one to see that we’re kicking off Black History Month by talking about Francis Grimke. Francis was a pastor in Washington, DC in the early 1900s. He was a former slave who lived an extraordinary life. His work inspired Isaac to start this ministry, so we feel a special connection to his life and work. Be encouraged by this faithful saint!

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The Asian American Experience with Mike Ahn

The Asian American Experience with Mike Ahn

Austin is joined in the studio today by Dr. Mike Ahn, Interim Dean of Spiritual Development at BIOLA University. Mike graciously shared something of the Asian American experience with us, an experience which is often misunderstood or overlooked, even by those who care...

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Highlighting Diversity with Carl Laferton

Highlighting Diversity with Carl Laferton

Austin is joined today by Carl Laferton, Executive Vice President of The Good Book Company (TGBC). We talk about the children’s books published by TGBC, and how the illustrations both reflect historical accuracy and highlight diversity. We also talk about TGBC’s lay-level commentary series, and how diverse authors contributed to the project. Carl shares how he has learned the importance of representation and of learning from Christians from various cultures and ethnicities, and how that informs the way TGBC highlights diversity within their projects.

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Crossing the Tracks: Loving Neighbors Who Aren’t Like Us, with Josh Chatman

Crossing the Tracks: Loving Neighbors Who Aren’t Like Us, with Josh Chatman

Pastor Josh Chatman joins Austin once again to discuss loving our neighbors. How can we better love our neighbors who are not like us? How do we even go about doing it when society is so often segregated? Josh encourages us to look for diversity that we might be missing, and then share some helpful tips for how we can build relationships outside our normal orbits. Our heart in all of this is not that we all develop some artificial but perfectly representative portfolio of relationships. We are instead trying to be intentional to love our neighbors. All of them.

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Don’t Lose Your First Love

Don’t Lose Your First Love

To kick off the new year, Austin and Isaac sit down to discuss Jesus’ warning to the Church of Ephesus from Revelation 2. Jesus admonished them for losing their first love. We talk about how loving Jesus should supersede everything else we do as a ministry and as Christians. Whatever good works God has prepared for us are meant to be fueled by our love for Jesus rather than serve as a substitute for loving Jesus. That’s what we want to be about as a ministry and as individuals. We hope you will join us in praying for a greater love for our Savior.

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Structured Prayer with Josh Chatman

Structured Prayer with Josh Chatman

Josh Chatman, pastor at Midtown Baptist Church joins Austin today to talk about our prayers lives. Specifically, they discuss structured prayers and how praying different kinds of prayers can help us when we feel stuck, get us to pray about different things, and create a more rich prayer life. We hope this episode encourages you to pray in ways you might not have considered before. Let’s go to the Throne of Grace together, friends.

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The Incarnation with Fred Sanders

The Incarnation with Fred Sanders

Merry Christmas from United? We Pray. For this very special Christmas episode, we sit down with Dr. Fred Sanders to talk about the Incarnation of Christ. What does it mean that Jesus came to Earth as a baby boy? What does it mean that he came as a Jewish baby boy with a specific ethnicity? We talk about redemption, union with Christ, prayer, and what the Incarnation has to do with all of it. This was one of the most moving and devotional episodes we’ve ever recorded, and we hope it motivates you to greater worship of our Savior. Merry Christmas, beloved.

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Ethnic Sins with Shai Linne

Ethnic Sins with Shai Linne

Shai Linne joins us again today to talk about his section in The New Reformation (Moody, 2020) in which he outlines various ethnic sins which commonly fall under the heading “racism.” By differentiating these kinds of sins, Shai gives us tools to deal with them from Scripture and lowers the temperature of the conversation by removing a label that almost no one can see themselves wearing. While none of us think of ourselves as racist, all of us have been guilty of some kind of ethnic sin in the past. We hope this conversation helps you to think, talk, and pray more specifically.

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