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#56. Most Popular of 2022: Not the Same Heaven – Exploring Sin, Forgiveness, Atonement & Paradise in the Quran
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#56. Most Popular of 2022: Not the Same Heaven – Exploring Sin, Forgiveness, Atonement & Paradise in the Quran
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 forgivenessHow Quranic concepts may have impacted Arabic-speakers whether or not the community is MuslimHow Christians can offer better explanations and increase understanding when talking about sin and forgiveness with Muslim friendsABOUT THE GUEST: Dr. Matthew Bennett is an Assistant Professor at Cedarville University in Missions and Theology. Prior to joining Cedarville, he and his family lived in North Africa for 7 years. Along with ministry experience in a Muslim context, Matthew has over 17 years of experience in intercultural ministry. Matthew is the author of three books and is anticipating the release of a new book, Hope for American Evangelicals: A Missionary Perspective on Restoring Our Broken House (2023).His book, The Qur'an and the Christian (2022), offers clear, practical applications for people who have a heart to share the gospel with friends. His academic credentials include:Ph.D. in Missiology, Southeastern Baptist Theological SeminaryM.Div. in International Church Planting, Southeastern Baptist Theological SeminaryM.A. in Intercultural Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological SeminarySCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:The Book of HebrewsGenesis 1:27 - All Humanity Created in God’s Image Genesis 3:7-9; God walks in Garden of Eden Isaiah 7:14; God with UsIsaiah 9:6; A Child Is BornIsaiah 53:4-6; Substitutionary Death of MessiahLeviticus 16:1-22; Day of Atonement RitualsRevelation 21:1-8; God Dwells with PeopleRELATED LINKS:Narratives in Conflict: Atonement in Hebrews and the...
#56. Most Popular of 2022: Not the Same Heaven – Exploring Sin, Forgiveness, Atonement & Paradise in the Quran
3d ago
#56. Most Popular of 2022: Not the Same Heaven – Exploring Sin, Forgiveness, Atonement & Paradise in the Quran
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 forgivenessHow Quranic concepts may have impacted Arabic-speakers whether or not the community is MuslimHow Christians can offer better explanations and increase understanding when talking about sin and forgiveness with Muslim friendsABOUT THE GUEST: Dr. Matthew Bennett is an Assistant Professor at Cedarville University in Missions and Theology. Prior to joining Cedarville, he and his family lived in North Africa for 7 years. Along with ministry experience in a Muslim context, Matthew has over 17 years of experience in intercultural ministry. Matthew is the author of three books and is anticipating the release of a new book, Hope for American Evangelicals: A Missionary Perspective on Restoring Our Broken House (2023).His book, The Qur'an and the Christian (2022), offers clear, practical applications for people who have a heart to share the gospel with friends. His academic credentials include:Ph.D. in Missiology, Southeastern Baptist Theological SeminaryM.Div. in International Church Planting, Southeastern Baptist Theological SeminaryM.A. in Intercultural Studies, Southeastern Baptist Theological SeminarySCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:The Book of HebrewsGenesis 1:27 - All Humanity Created in God’s Image Genesis 3:7-9; God walks in Garden of Eden Isaiah 7:14; God with UsIsaiah 9:6; A Child Is BornIsaiah 53:4-6; Substitutionary Death of MessiahLeviticus 16:1-22; Day of Atonement RitualsRevelation 21:1-8; God Dwells with PeopleRELATED LINKS:Narratives in Conflict: Atonement in Hebrews and the...
#55. Celebrating Christmas as a Religious Minority in Djibouti
Nov 29 2022
#55. Celebrating Christmas as a Religious Minority in Djibouti
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 ChristmasAbout Finding Commonality in What the Quran Says concerning the Birth of JesusTips for Families Creating New Traditions and Celebrating Christmas on the Move, Abroad or at HomeBONUS CONTENT: Episode: #13 Are God and Allah the Same? A Christian Midwesterner’s Reflections on Her Journey in East Africa, in Muslim Majority CountriesABOUT THE GUEST: Rachel Pieh Jones writes about life at the crossroads of faith and culture. Her work is influenced by living as a foreigner in the Horn of Africa, raising three Third Culture Kids, and adventurous exploration of the natural world. She has written for the New York Times, Runners World, Deadspin, the Big Roundtable, and more. They moved to the Horn of Africa for her husband to work at local universities and help to develop courses and programs. Currently they direct an international school.Rachel is the author of Pillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to Jesus.SCRIPTURE RELATED TO EPISODE:Isaiah 7: 14 and Matthew 1: 23; God is with Us, ImmanuelJohn 3: 9-14, God’s Word Dwell among HumansHebrews 1: 1-3; Jesus Is the Exact Representation of God's BeingLINKS:Rachel Pieh Jones On TwitterPillars: How Muslim Friends Led Me Closer to JesusTIMESTAMPED SHOWNOTES:01:02 - Topic: Christians and Muslims Together at Christmastime02:07 - Family, Faith and Culture03:13 - Christmastime Trends in Djibouti04:35 - Church on Christmas Eve04:58 - Armed Soldiers outside Church Services06:25 - Personal Christmas Traditions07:20 - How Do Some Muslims See Christmas and Cultural Symbols08:47 - Questions that Muslims May Have about Christmas09:26 - 1. Worshiping Trees?09:33 - 2. Jesus Dressed Up as a Jolly Man with a White Beard?10:01 - 3. Why Isn't Jesus' Birth Celebrated Like Other Prophets in the Quran?11:11 - Why Does Jesus' Birth Matter? 13:34 - Jesus' Birth in the Quran and the Bible14:50 - Asking Questions and Being Curious about Similarities15:30 - 4. How Was the Son of God Conceived?16:31 - For Christian Families in America: Lessons from...
#54. Shared Experience: Helping Muslim Refugees Heal from Trauma
Nov 22 2022
#54. Shared Experience: Helping Muslim Refugees Heal from Trauma
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 traumaAbout the Guest: Steve Moses has worked with and lived among Muslims primarily from Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia for 26 years. Over the past 14 years, his focus has been among refugees and immigrants within the United States including being the Director of a refugee resettlement agency. He is a Master Facilitator with the Trauma Healing Institute, Strategic Consultant with Vision 5:9 - Medina Focus, and the Director of Shalom Medics with Blazing Trees.Links Related to Episode:steve.moses@vision59.comTrauma Healing InstituteBlazing Trees without BoundariesTimestamped Show Notes:01:45 - Topic: Helping Muslim Refugees Work through Trauma02:57 - Families and Relationships04:17 - Specializing in Trauma05:16 - Possible Symptoms of Trauma, Up Close and Personal06:36 - Processing Trauma in the United States09:51 - Defining Trauma10:34 - When Suffering Turns to Trauma10:51 - Relational Trauma and Relational Healing12:38 - Types of Loss and Trauma that Can Affect Refugees13:03 - Prevalence of Trauma and PTSD among Refugees15:26 - Complex Trauma19:25 - Starting the Process to Heal from Trauma20:00 - 1. Quieting Oneself20:53 - 2. Not Discounting Your Pain21:29 - 3. Listening Well22:15 - 4. Raising Levels of Joy22:52 - 5. Sharing Stories23:19 - 6. Incorporating Mind, Emotions and Body23:30 - 7. Not a Bait and Switch24:22 - Role of Islam in Trauma Healing29:22 - Do No Harm30:36 - Discovering the Root of Trauma30:54 - Two Good Questions to Start32:19 - As Christians, How to Treat People33:48 - Role of Hospitality34:16 - Removing the Fear Factor34:41 - Contacting Steve Moses35:31 - Knock, KnockDid you appreciate this podcast? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com Listen to Our Urban Voices
#53. Near Culture Missions: Africans Bringing the Gospel to Metro NYC
Nov 15 2022
#53. Near Culture Missions: Africans Bringing the Gospel to Metro NYC
The Power of Proximity Series: Pastor Daouda Zongo discusses the roles of prayer, healing and deliverance in evangelism to communities in metro NYC. He highlights ministry to French-speaking West African immigrants and recommends two initial steps for a church to begin an outreach ministry. What You’ll Learn:About the role of healing and deliverance in evangelismAbout the role of prayer in Jesus’ NameThe two, initial steps to begin evangelism outreach in churchAbout the Guest: Pastor Daouda serves as the Senior Pastor of Centre Chretien Eau Vive (Living Water Christian Center), a church that is affiliated with Bethel Gospel Assembly in Harlem, NYC. This year, the church will celebrate its 13 anniversary. It is a French-speaking congregation primarily composed of African immigrants. The church sits in the heart of “Little Senegal” and is very active evangelizing throughout the NYC metro area. Pastor Daouda has been walking with the Lord for over 25 years. He is originally from Burkina Faso and was raised in a Muslim home. Scripture Related to Episode:Matthew 28: 16-20; The Great CommissionJohn 11: 1-44; Lazarus Commanded to Rise from GraveLinks Related to Episode:Centre Chretien Eau Vive, Harlem, NYCheartformuslims.comTimestamped Show Notes:02:34 - Growing Up in a Muslim Family04:37 - Following Jesus, Personal Testimony05:32 - Vision of Christ06:25 - How Do the Evangelism Teams Work?07:38 - Reaching out to West Africans and All People08:36 - Ministering in French09:59 - Openness in NYC versus in Africa10:39 - Senegal, Cote Ivoire, Togo, Benin, Niger and Mali13:05 - Encouraging Brothers and Sisters from West Africa to Get Involved in Evangelism13:22 - Praying in the Name of Jesus as a Bridge15:31 - Role of Healing and Deliverance in Evangelism16:38 - Main Goal of Evangelism17:53 - Focusing on God or Focusing on God's Blessing20:09 - Evangelism as a Lifestyle21:54 - Cultivating the Mind to Reachout with the Gospel as Commanded23:26 - Two Steps to Start an Evangelism Outreach at Your Church24:52 - Connecting with the ChurchDid you appreciate this podcast? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com Listen to Our Urban Voices
#52. Near-Culture Missions: Latinos, Muslims and the Gospel
Nov 8 2022
#52. Near-Culture Missions: Latinos, Muslims and the Gospel
The Power of Proximity Series: Laura, a mobilizer in South America unpacks five cultural similarities between Latinos and Middle-Easterners that can be crucial in near-culture missions. She discusses the difference between understanding a language and understanding a culture and the responses she gets when she talks to churches about bringing the gospel to Muslims.What You’ll Learn:Five meaningful cultural similarities between Latinos and Middle-EasternersAbout missions trends in Latin AmericaAbout the difference between understanding culture versus understanding languageAbout the Guest: Laura is originally from Latin America. She went to seminary in NYC where she did her research on Latinos in the Middle East. When traveling to the Middle East she was surprised by how much she felt at home. It’s the cultural similarities between Latinos and Middle Easterners that inspired her research. Today, she serves as a mobilizer for Latin America, sharing about God’s heart for Asia and the Middle East with local churches. Laura hopes to see more Latinos engaging Middle Easterners most of whom are Muslim. Scripture Related to Episode: John 3: 16; God's Love for the WorldLuke 10: 2; Workers for the HarvestMatthew 28: 16-20; The Great CommissionLinks Related to Episode:heartformuslims.comTimestamped Show Notes:02:41 - Familiy's Heart for Service04:41 - Feeling at Home in the Middle-East05:30 - Five Cultural Similarities between Latinos and Middle-Easterners05:45 - 1. Hospitality06:16 - 2. Extended Family06:48 - 3. Role of Men07:07 - 4. Religiosity08:19 - Getting Involved in Ministry to Middle-Easterners08:51 - God's Heart for the Nations09:32 - From South America to the Middle-East to NYC11:15 - Similarities that Middle Easterners Have Noticed with Latinos12:06 - 5. Similar Orientation to Time - Event Oriented13:54 - Understanding Culture vs Language16:43 - Trend: Latinos From Being a Mission Field to Becoming a Missions Force19:42 - Response from the Pews21:10 - Where to Start?23:55 - How to Pray for this Ministry?Did you appreciate this podcast? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com Listen to Our Urban Voices
#51. The Gospel still Works amid Violence in a Post-Christian City
Nov 1 2022
#51. The Gospel still Works amid Violence in a Post-Christian City
Adam Muhtaseb shares his unique perspective having been raised Muslim, becoming a Christian in his teens and being a pastor and church planter in partnership with his wife. The family moved to Baltimore because they saw the brokenness of this often violent, transient, post-Christian city in America.What You’ll Learn:How the family of a Muslim background believer may react to a new found faith in ChristHow practicing Islam compares to consumer driven ChristianityThe challenges and opportunities of ministry among a transient populationAbout the Guest: Adam grew up in a Muslim family, and was a follower of Islam until he was radically converted to faith in Christ as a teenager. Since believing the gospel, he has had a consistent vision for church planting. After Adam and Sherrie were married in 2013, Adam pursued his Masters of Divinity (M.DIV) degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated first in his class with a 4.0 GPA and was a recipient of the Joe B. Brown Preaching Award. They have three boys, Aiden, Judah, and Micah. Adam and Sherrie dream of playing a part in a city-wide movement of church plants within the neighborhoods of Baltimore. In his free time, Adam loves playing basketball and spending time with Sherrie and friends on their rooftop deck. He is also an avid reader, especially of Tim Keller books.Links Related to Episode:Connect with Adam Muhtaseb on TwitterRedemption City ChurchActs 29Timestamped Show Notes:01:47 - Topic: Church Planting in an Urban Context02:46 - Family - In the Thick of It03:39 - Growing Up in the Mosque05:01 - Hearing the Gospel for the First Time05:36 - Family Rift and Reconciliation07:38 - Please pray for Dad07:47 - Church Support after Conversion08:58 - Book of Acts as a Model for Church Planting08:58 - Church Planting and the Road to Baltimore10:02 - Ministry and Partenership at Home11:18 - Mosques versus Consumer Driven Churches12:48 - Baltimore, a Post-Christian City13:09 - The Gospel Works14:59 - What is the Acts 29 Movement?16:11 - Challanges and Opportunities in Baltimore17:14 - Ministering among a Transient Community19:50 - Experiencing Brokeness20:26 - Vision for Global Church Planting21:28 - The Gospel is Still Enough22:25 - Connecting with Adam Muhtaseb22:49 - Joke: It's ColdDid you appreciate this podcast? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com Listen to Our Urban Voices
#50. Where Politics Fail—a Christian Response to Muslim Immigration
Oct 25 2022
#50. Where Politics Fail—a Christian Response to Muslim Immigration
Matthew Kaemingk separates the Christian response from the political rhetoric, fearfulness and romanticism that can dominate the conversation about Muslim immigration in America. With examples from around the globe, he looks at failures and successes of Christians loving their Muslim neighbors despite fundamental religious differences. Matthew 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 ImmigrationAbout Being a Guest instead of a HostWhy Christians Should Care about Bans on HijabsAbout the Guest: Dr. Matthew Kaemingk is a public theologian who explores questions facing Christians serving in politics, culture, and the marketplace. He teaches ethics and public theology at Fuller Theological Seminary where he holds the Richard John Mouw Chair of Faith and Public Life.Scripture Related to Episode:Luke 10: 25-29; Love Your NeighborLuke 22: 47-53; Christ's Generosity in the Garden of Gethsemane Luke 23: 39-43; Christ's Generosity on the CrossLinks Related to Episode:Matthew Kaemingk Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of FearConnect with Matthew Kaemingk on TwitterTimestamped Show Notes:01:42 - Topic: Chrisitans Responding to Muslim Immigration from a Biblical Perspective02:22 - A Family and Household04:03 - Where Did Work of Muslim Immigration Start?04:51 - Working with Refugees in Europe06:01 - Political Responses on the Left and Right07:51 - Higher Walls or Wider Doors09:53 - Deep Differences at the Table11:59 - Hospitality in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross13:28 - Exodus, Liberation and Extendeding Hospitality13:58 - Making Space for Strangers14:59 - Failures and Sucesses in the Netherlands15:52 - Being a Guest or Being a Host17:49 - Rememboring God's Love, Loving Others and Church Renewal18:38 - Bans on Muslim Women Wearing Hijabs20:00 - Defending Religious Freedoms21:00 - Pastors Protecting Mosques and Confusing Grace24:42 - God's Generous and Costly Hospitality26:27 - You Will Make Mistakes27:10 - Learning to Be a Guest28:16 - Contacting Matthew Kaemingk30:05 - Joke: Knock KnockDid you appreciate this podcast? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com Listen to Our Urban Voices
#49. Don't Forget Religion: The Middle East and Journalism
Oct 18 2022
#49. Don't Forget Religion: The Middle East and Journalism
Jayson Casper takes us into the world of journalism as a Middle Eastern correspondent for Christianity Today. Currently based in Lebanon, he shares insights about the region’s traditional Christian churches and how Christians in the Middle East are personally affected by what are foreign politics in America. What You’ll Learn:Some ways Muslims and Christians relate to one another in the Middle East About the Orthodox and Coptic Christian communities An inexpensive way to ‘travel’ to the Middle EastAbout the Guest: Jayson Casper reports at the intersection of religion, politics, and culture as an international corresponded for Christianity Today, in the Middle East. He currently lives with his family in Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to that, he reported from Cairo, Egypt, and has also lived in Jordan, Tunisia, and Mauritania. Additionally, Jason works with IDEAS, an organization that connects skilled Christian professionals to development and educational opportunities throughout the world. He is competent in Arabic and has a degree in Islamic Studies. Jayson is thankful for his role to faithfully represent misunderstood peoples.Links Related to Episode:Jayson Casper — Sympathetic Reporting on the Middle East Connect with Jayson Casper on TwitterTimestamped Show Notes:01:41 - Topic: The Importance of Representing all Views in Journalism01:50 - Family, from America to Lebanon03:39 - A Day in the Life of a Journalist06:59 - Reporting Complexities Fairly08:56 - Representing 2% of Population10:04 - What is Sympathetic Reporting?10:28 - Hope, Reflection and Prayer13:28 - Handling a Accusation of Bias16:22 - Religion Impacting News in the Middle East18:05 - Religion a Factor in Community Relations18:23 - Religion a Factors in Politics20:37 - Christians in the Middle East and Diaspora21:37 - Relations Between Christian and Muslim Communities in the Middle East23:17 - Religious Identity and Neighborliness24:02 - Suprised by Christians in the Middle East25:26 - Christians in Egypt27:10 - Learning about the Middle Eastern Culture27:46 - Cheaper Way to 'Travel' to the Middle East28:04 - Middle Eastern Hospitality28:22 - Connecting Middle Eastern Christians to Americans29:17 - Contacting Jayson Casper30:45 - Joke: A Sheikh and Albert Einstein Did you appreciate this podcast? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.comListen to Our Urban Voices
#48. How Churches Can Disciple Former Muslims: Obstacles and Lessons
Oct 11 2022
#48. How Churches Can Disciple Former Muslims: Obstacles and Lessons
Duane Alexander Miller shares frequent obstacles and lessons learned to better disciple new believers from a Muslim background. In Madrid, Spain — as an Anglican pastor, he co-founded an Arabic fellowship for new believers from a Muslim background. He shares insights from that fellowship, typical western churches and years of international ministry experience in countries like Turkey, Jordan and Kenya. What You’ll Learn:How Western churches can adapt to better disciple new believers from Muslim backgroundsThe benefits of 'stop light' discipleshipHow God is fulfilling the promise to bless all nations through Abraham’s seedAbout the Guest: Duane Alexander Miller has had the pleasure of teaching in many places including Costa Rica, Turkey, Kenya and Tunisia. Presently, he and his family live in Spain where he is on the pastoral staff at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer and an Associate Professor at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid (UEBE).He was born in Montana (USA) and grew up in Colorado and Mexico. In San Antonio, Texas—he completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio then an MA in theology at St Mary's University. Later, he and his wife studied Arabic in Jordan. He helped found a seminary in Israel and then they moved to Scotland for his doctoral work. He’s very interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. Religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates were his main areas of research for his PhD in divinity. He’s also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of the Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire.Duane Alexander Miller is the co-author or author of several books including, I Will Give Them an Everlasting Name and Two Stories. Scripture Related to Episode:Genesis 12: 1-3; Blessing through Abraham's SeedMatthew 28: 18-20; The Great CommissionLinks Related to Episode:Duane Alexander Miller BlogDuane Alexander Miller, YouTubeDuane Alexander Miller, AuthorI Will Give Them and Everlasting NameTwo StoriesTimestamped Show Notes:02:04 - Topic: How Can Churches Better Care for New Believers from a Muslim Background03:43 - I Will Give Them an Everlasting Name04:32 - Two Stories of Everything - Muslims and Christians Understanding Each Other04:48 - What Actually Works -- Addressing Needs of New Believes from a Muslim Background05:43 - Specific Areas to Support MBB's06:04 - 1. Looking at Finances and Patronage07:20 - Prayer and the Uniqueness of the Anglican Tradition08:28 - 2. Praying and the New...
#47. Why Do Muslims Become Christians? Five Common Reasons
Oct 4 2022
#47. Why Do Muslims Become Christians? Five Common Reasons
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 ChristThe Role of the Church in Welcoming Muslim ImmigrantsHow an Non-Western Worldview of Community Impacts New Believers from a Muslim BackgroundAbout the Guest: Duane Alexander Miller has had the pleasure of teaching in many places including Costa Rica, Turkey, Kenya and Tunisia. Presently, he and his family live in Spain where he is on the pastoral staff at the Anglican Cathedral of the Redeemer and an Associate Professor at the Protestant Faculty of Theology at Madrid (UEBE).He was born in Montana (USA) and grew up in Colorado and Mexico. In San Antonio, Texas—he completed a BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at San Antonio then an MA in theology at St Mary's University. Later, he and his wife studied Arabic in Jordan. He helped found a seminary in Israel and then they moved to Scotland for his doctoral work. He’s very interested in the interactions of Islam, Christianity and secularism in modern contexts. Religious conversion from Islam to Christianity, contextual theology, and the shari'a's treatment of apostates were his main areas of research for his PhD in divinity. He’s also published research on global Anglicanism and the history of the Anglican mission in the Ottoman Empire.Duane Alexander Miller is the co-author or author of several books including, I Will Give Them an Everlasting Name and Two Stories. Scripture Related to Episode: John 1: 29; Behold the Lamb of God that Takes away Sin of the WorldActs 9; Paul on the Road to Damascus2 Timothy 1: 7; Spirit of Love Power and Sound MindLinks Related to Episode:Duane Alexander Miller BlogDuane Miller, YouTubeDuane Alexander Miller, AuthorI Will Give Them and Everlasting NameTwo StoriesTimestamped Show Notes:03:16 - Family and Ministry Abroad04:33 - 1st Century Churches and Islam06:47 - Some Reasons Muslims Consider Christ07:06 - Assurance of Salvation07:53 - Dreams and Visions08:02 - Miraculous Answers to Prayer08:21 - The Promise Sharia Law in ~40 Countries10:17 - What if Christians Were More Welcoming to Muslims?11:37 - Witness of the...
#46. Four Ways Christian Women Can Overcome Fear and Befriend Muslim Women
Sep 27 2022
#46. Four Ways Christian Women Can Overcome Fear and Befriend Muslim Women
Ruth Ripken shares insights from over 35 years in missions, 4 ways for Christians to overcome 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 womenFour ways to get over the ‘fear factor’ and not be afraid to say or do the wrong thingAbout surfing the ‘international food aisle’ About the Guest: Ruth Ripken and her husband, Nik are mission veterans of 35 years. Along with her husband, they have done extensive research among believers living in the midst of persecution in over 70 countries. This research has been shared in numerous articles and three books. Nowadays, they spend their time sharing the truths they have learned from these believers in persecution with churches, schools, and mission organizations.One of Ruth’s greatest joys is spending time with Muslim women, listening to their stories and seeing how God can break into their lives. Another blessing is helping Christian women in America to connect and fall in love with the nations in their midst.Nik and Ruth are the parents of three sons, two wonderful daughter-in-loves and an amazing grandson.Scripture Related to Episode:Genesis 1: 27; Humanity Created in God’s ImageLinks Related to Episode:Nik Ripken Ministries ruth@nikripken.comTimestamped Show Notes:03:07 - The Importance of Family04:40 - A Vision for Missions Started in Childhood06:11 - From Home to Malawi06:53 - Relief Work in Kenya07:42 - Ministering to Believers in Persecution07:55 - Why a Special Focus on Muslim Women10:43 - What Does this Outreach Look Like?12:10 - Making Yourself Available13:23 - Why Do We Love?14:15 - Getting over the Fear Factor14:45 - Fear: What if I Say the Wrong Thing?15:43 - Breaking Bread and Hospitality16:25 - Fear: What if I Cook the Wrong Thing?17:08 - Making Friends in the International Food Aisle19:12 - Women in Leadership in the Iranian Church20:38 - Muslim Background Believers Persecuted in the USA21:30 - Christian Response to Hijabs and Niqabs22:00 - Fear: Where is It?24:11 - Persecuted Christians Loving their Persecutors24:33 - Being Welomed in Muslim-Majority Countries25:30 - Fear: Persecution and Honor Killings27:13 - Honor Killings in the West28:14 - Yes, Muslims Can Become Christian29:10 - Developing Deep Friendship29:57 - Being Welcoming and Practicalities of Hospitality31:51 - When Language Seems Like a Barrier32:38 - Sharing Stories34:47 - Contact Info35:58 - Joke: What about Dinosaurs?Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.comListen to Our Urban Voices
#45. Grieving Lost Community: Pastoring through Gentrification
Sep 20 2022
#45. Grieving Lost Community: Pastoring through Gentrification
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 of your church. He tells the miraculous story of raising $100,000 in one day for an additional church location.What You’ll Learn:How to lead a congregation through drastic neighborhood changesHow to choose the location of your church or church plantWhat causes gentrificationAbout the Guest: Mark E. Strong (DMin, Portland Seminary) is senior pastor of Life Change Church, a diverse congregation located in the heart of inner-city Portland, Oregon. His book, Who Moved My Neighborhood? Leading Congregations through Gentrification and Economic Change, responds to the drastic demographic shifts in Life Change Church's neighborhood. Dr. Strong serves on the Board of Regents at George Fox Seminary, and his books include Church for the Fatherless and Divine Merger. He is also the founder of Father-Shift, a ministry that addresses the needs of the fatherless epidemic affecting our world. He and his wife, Marla, have four children.Links Related to Episode:Life Change ChurchWho Moved My Neighborhood? Leading Congregations through Gentrification and Economic ChangeDr. Mark Strong's Author PageFather-Shift, addressing the fatherless epidemicConnect with Dr. Mark Strong on TwitterHeart for Muslims Conference, November 5 in NYCThe Truth Collective's unGallery, November 4-6 in NYCTimestamped Show Notes:03:10 - From the M Strongs04:46 - Family Alliterations06:26 - Why "Who Moved My Neighborhood"10:12 - Causes of Gentrification: Economic Disparity in Cities12:47 - NYC Gentrification17:15 - What Should A Church Do When Its Neighborhood Changes?22:05 - 7 Phase Process for Working Through Gentrification22:11 - Remember23:13 - Recognition24:17 - Realization25:15 - Reconstruction25:53 - Rage29:43 - Reconciliation31:46 - Revamp33:14 - Should a church move if no one lives nearby?35:20 - How is God leading your church?37:33 - Israel's Identity in the Land38:38 - Ministry Calling Can Change39:58 - Mapping the Future: What's Our Vision?40:59 - Church Buildings Should Serve, Not Limit, Your Mission41:41 -...
#44. Nurturing Jesus’ Heart for Muslims in Jesus’ Church — an Advocate to Love Muslims in America
Sep 13 2022
#44. Nurturing Jesus’ Heart for Muslims in Jesus’ Church — an Advocate to Love Muslims in America
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 MuslimsWhat You’ll Learn:Where to start if your congregation isn’t interested in reaching out to MuslimsWhat 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 among the immigrant diaspora communities Bonus Content: Existence – Get a Free Copy of this Book with a SubscriptionAbout the Guest: Dr. Alfonse Javed, the Senior Pastor of 1st Baptist Church of Metuchen, has planted a church abroad, has been a missions pastor and has served as a missionary in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan.Born in Lahore, Pakistan — the son of a pastor — Pastor Javed began serving in church at a young age. He has served as a missionary in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. He has also planted a church in Greece. In the 1990s, a providential relationship formed when Calvary Baptist Church started supporting his ministry efforts; he would later serve as the missions pastor of that congregation. Eventually, in 2009, he moved to New York with a new vision — mobilizing churches to engage Muslims in the NYC metro area.Dr. Javed’s advanced theological training is from the Greek Bible College, Davis College and Liberty University. He has earned three undergraduate, three graduate, and three doctoral degrees. His dissertations have explored various subjects from religious influence on the American school system to evangelism and church planting, to Islamic madrases and the treatment that Muslims students have received in the post 9/11 New York City school system. He maintains a blog, www.alfonsejaved.com, and is the author of The Muslim Next Door: A Practical Guide for Evangelism and Discipleship. Dr. Javed and his wife, Sarah, have four children. Scripture Related to Episode:Matthew 28: 16-20; Luke 24: 44-53; Jesus Great CommissionMatthew 22: 39, John 13: 34; Loving Your Neighbor – Great CommandmentEphesians 2: 8-10; Good Works Are Result of SalvationJohn 6: 44-45; Father Draws People to the SonExodus 22: 21; Leviticus 19: 33-34; Be Kind to the Stranger in Your MidstLinks Related to Episode:Alfonse Javed - TwitterChris Clayman, Cofounder of Global Gates NetworkBrooklyn Arab-American...
#43. A Christian Persecuted in Pakistan — an Advocate to Love Muslims in America
Sep 6 2022
#43. A Christian Persecuted in Pakistan — an Advocate to Love Muslims in America
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 MuslimsWhat You’ll Learn:What It Was Like as a Christian Growing Up in Pakistan — a Muslim Majority CountryHow Urban Missions is Impacting Global MissionsAbout the Importance of Finding Common Ground to Relate to Image Bearers of GodBonus Content: Existence – Get a Free Copy of this Book with a SubscriptionAbout the Guest:Dr. Alfonse Javed, the Senior Pastor of 1st Baptist Church of Metuchen, has planted a church abroad, has been a missions pastor and has served as a missionary in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan.Born in Lahore, Pakistan — the son of a pastor — Pastor Javed began serving in church at a young age. He has served as a missionary in Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan. He has also planted a church in Greece. In the 1990s, a providential relationship formed when Calvary Baptist Church started supporting his ministry efforts; he would later serve as the missions pastor of that congregation. Eventually, in 2009, he moved to New York with a new vision — mobilizing churches to engage Muslims in the NYC metro area.Dr. Javed’s advanced theological training is from the Greek Bible College, Davis College and Liberty University. He has earned three undergraduate, three graduate, and three doctoral degrees. His dissertations have explored various subjects from religious influence on the American school system to evangelism and church planting, to Islamic madrases and the treatment that Muslims students have received in the post 9/11 New York City school system. He maintains a blog, www.alfonsejaved.com, and is the author of The Muslim Next Door: A Practical Guide for Evangelism and Discipleship. Dr. Javed and his wife, Sarah, have four children. Scripture Related to Episode:Matthew 5: 44; Loving and Blessing Your EnemyMatthew 22: 39, John 13: 34; Loving Your NeighborExodus 22: 21; Leviticus 19: 33-34; Do Not Mistreat the ForeignerGenesis 1:26-28; All People Are Made in the Image of GodJohn 3: 16-17; Jesus Died to Bring SalvationMatthew 5:13-16; A City Proclaiming Christ1 Corinthians 9: 19-23; Finding Common GroundLinks Related to Episode:
#42. Crossing the Line: Cricket’s Influence in India and Beyond
Aug 30 2022
#42. Crossing the Line: Cricket’s Influence in India and Beyond
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 globallyHow cricket plays into India’s soft power in international politicsAbout the domestic economic impact of cricketBonus ContentVideo: Understanding Cricket in 2 MinutesAbout the Guest: Preity Üpala is a Former investment Banker turned Thought leader and Media Entrepreneur based in Hollywood, California. Advisor to many private technology companies as well as a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization in various Travel, Technology & Innovation Council. She works as a Geo-political Expert, award-winning International Columnist and is a member of the FORBES Councils as the director of The Omnia Institute. She hosts a popular show called ‘The Preity Experience’ and is a much sought-after Radio and TV expert around the world appearing in CNN, Republic TV among others. The former Miss India International has worked in Four continents including Bollywood and Hollywood as an Actor and Producer and is currently developing a show for Hollywood studios. As an Dharma Ambassador, she brings Indian Spirituality to Hollywood and the world at large through a new platform, ‘A Preity Life’.‘The Preity Experience’ showcases global thought leaders and legends in the area of Business, Politics and Sport. Preity is a Cricket enthusiast and an ardent supporter of Indian Cricket. As a Cricket Analyst appearing on several news and sports shows, she is renowned for taking a Global perspective of the game and fusing it with a Geo-political bent. She has interviewed legends of the Game as well and her book on the Global Game will be published later this year. She is one of the only Female analysts on the Men’s game of the English language in the world and has often spoken about Leadership lessons from Cricket and it’s Soft power impact globally. Her book on The Global game is in the works which explores Power, Politics & Culture in Cricket.Along with being a Political analyst, her Political research has appeared in more than 200 publications, including FORBES, The Observer, The National Telegraph, Business Standard, Foreign Policy, Times of Israel and the Times of India. Her expertise is on Foreign Policy, International Relations, Diplomacy and Conflict resolution. She has spoken at various Think Tanks and has been a keynote speaker at global summits such as WEF, HORASIS, BRICS and the Centre for Human Prosperity among others. Ms.Üpala has received the “Young leader of the Decade” award at the Women’s Economic Forum and as a Certified “Dharma Ambassador”, has given lectures to thousands of students and corporate clients on the topics of Motivation, Feminism, Soft Power and Purpose. Her latest venture is being a content creator for at the wellness app, Relaxx.Preity Üpala is an accomplished executive with fifteen years of experience building, advising, and investing in businesses in Australia, Asia and the United States. She currently serves as Board of Advisor of Corporate Development and Head of Corporate Strategy at SkyZeg Inc. In 2021, she has been appointed the Head of Public Relations and Communications for EUICCI- Europe India Chamber of Commerce and Industry.No stranger to adventure, Preity has visited...
#41. Encouraging Urban Missions to Muslims: Common Mistakes and a Way Forward
Aug 23 2022
#41. Encouraging Urban Missions to Muslims: Common Mistakes and a Way Forward
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 MuslimsAbout the importance of honor-shame dynamics in outreach to MuslimsHow being a missionary is similar being a stand-up comedianAbout the Guest: Seth Bouchelle has been planting churches among diaspora populations in NYC since 2014. Currently, he serves as director of Equipping for the Exponent Group. The focus of the Exponent Group is to “help organizations build healthy disciples that multiply the gospel.”Through this role Seth works to train evangelists and advance disciple making skills within urban churches and nonprofits.Seth is the co-author of Mosaic: A Ministry Handbook for a Globalizing World and the author of Lost Faith: A Practical Theology for Post-Christendom Ministry.Scripture Related to Episode:Leviticus 19: 34; Love the ForeignerMatthew 22: 38-40; Love Your NeighborsMatthew 28: 16-20; The Great Commission1 Corinthians 3: 9; Coworkers with Jesus2 Corinthians 5: 11-21; Ministry of ReconciliationLinks Related to Episode:Contact Seth Bouchelle at The Exponent GroupMosaic: A Ministry Handbook for a Globalizing World, Seth Bouchelle co-authorLost Faith: A Practical Theology for Post-Christendom Ministry by Seth BouchelleTimestamped Show Notes:01:18 - Topic: Why Muslim Evangelism Requires Its Own Skills and Ethnography02:21 - Ministry through the Generations03:57 - Loving Your Neighbor and the Great Commission in Cities03:57 - Why Should More Christians Reach out to Muslims in Their Cities?05:38 - Where to Start in Outreach and Evangelism06:13 - Studying Islam for Ministry06:31 - Curbing Assumptions 07:26 - Honor, Shame, Knowledge and Kindness09:53 - Common Mistakes of Short-Term Missions Teams11:03 - Common Islamic Ideas about Teachers12:20 - Problems with Being a Teacher12:47 - Engaging as a Learner and Honoring Your Neighbor13:50 - Teaching versus Discipleship16:25 - Respect, Politeness and Cross-Cultural Dynamics18:15 -...
#40. Encouraging Urban Missions: Answers Every Christian Needs to Know
Aug 16 2022
#40. Encouraging Urban Missions: Answers Every Christian Needs to Know
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 circlesSome key distinctives of urban cross-cultural ministryWhat missionaries need to understand in order to be effective in diasporic ministryAbout the Guest: Seth Bouchelle has been planting churches among diaspora populations in NYC since 2014. Currently, he serves as director of Equipping for the Exponent Group. The focus of the Exponent Group is to “help organizations build healthy disciples that multiply the gospel.”Through this role Seth works to train evangelists and advance disciple making skills within urban churches and nonprofits.Links Related to Episode:The Exponent GroupTimestamped Show Notes:01:11 - Topic: Unique Challenges and Advantages of Diaspora and Urban Churches01:12 - Next Week: Discussion about Muslim Outreach02:13 - Learning about Ministry through the Generations03:14 - Day to Day in the Life of Urban Missions03:15 - Starting in Diasporic Missions04:16 - Evolving Role in Diasporic Missions04:17 - Two Fold Ministry05:18 - Covid's Impact on Starting House Churches05:19 - Challenges Facing Churches05:20 - Usual Response to: Why Haven't You Done Evangelism in Your Relationships?06:21 - Challenges Facing Diasporic Churches 07:22 - Challenging Missionaries' Assumptions08:23 - Relational Norms in a Diasporic Setting09:24 - Logistics in a Diasporic Setting09:25 - 24 Hour Ministry and Measuring Growth11:27 - 3 Advantages of Diaspora Ministry Compared to in Country Missions14:28 - International Similarities of Diasporic Missions15:29 - How Can Sending Agencies Better Prepare Diasporic Missionaries15:30 - Failures and Resilience in Missions Work16:31 - America's Unique Position in Diasporic Missions18:33 - How Can Christians and Churches Support Diasporic Missions?20:34 - Connect with Seth Bouchelle21:35 - A Joke Joke in Cultural ContextDid you appreciate this podcast? Checkout previous episodes, leave a review, drop us a note or support the mission here: oururbanvoices.com
#39. Living Purposefully: Testing the Practices that Shape Daily Life
Aug 9 2022
#39. Living Purposefully: Testing the Practices that Shape Daily Life
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. What You’ll Learn:Where to find rituals in everyday lifeThe importance of identifying why rituals are taughtHow Christians can learn from the traditions in other denominations and other religionsAbout the Guest: Dr. Dru Johnson is an Associate Professor of biblical and theological studies and the Director of the Center for Hebraic Thought at the King’s College in New York City.He is the author of several books including Human Rites: The Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments.Before that, he was a high-school dropout, skinhead, punk rock drummer, combat veteran, IT supervisor, and pastor — all things that he hopes none of his children ever become.Scripture Related to Episode:Ephesians 5: 15-16; Making the Most of Time1 Thessalonians 5: 21; Examine EverythingExamples of Baptism in the Hebrew ScripturesLinks Related to Episode:Dru Johnson’s WebsiteCenter for Hebraic ThoughtThe Biblical MindDru Johnson - TwitterHuman Rites: The Power of Rituals, Habits, and SacramentsTimestamped Show Notes :01:11 - Topic: How Our Religious Rituals and Habits Shape Us and Our Beliefs02:20 - The Blessing of a Adoptive Family03:54 - Habits, Rituals and Rites that Shape Everyday Life04:28 - What Makes and Activity a Ritual08:24 - iPhones, Rituals and Stewardship09:27 - Do I Really Perform Rituals?10:16 - Rituals in the Human Experience10:38 - TikTok and the Way Rituals Effect Everyone12:01 - What Gives You the Right to Tell Me What to Do?13:09 - Taking Stock and Making Changes, Examples from Finance and Fitness15:25 - Improvising, Fitness and Rituals17:38 - Surprising Rituals in the Church18:18 - Prayer across Different Denominations19:54 - Improvising Weddings21:34 - The Meaning of Graduations21:58 - Which Denominations Got Communion Right?22:49 - Communion in the Time of Covid24:01 - Modern Day Interpretations of Rituals24:32 - Where Does Baptism Come From?27:02 - How All Religious Communities Benefit from Examining Rituals28:57 - Reframing Animal Sacrifice in Scripture30:06 - Purpose of Rituals in Scripture31:13 - Individualism and the Body of Christ33:46 - Similarities in Islam and Judaism35:37 - Learning from Muslim and Jewish...
#38. Making Orphanages Obsolete: Recovering Family-Based Care for Vulnerable Children
Aug 2 2022
#38. Making Orphanages Obsolete: Recovering Family-Based Care for Vulnerable Children
Elli Oswald reconsiders the ways American churches serve 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 world. What You’ll Learn :The Research about Orphanages, Family-Based Care and Child DevelopmentThe Risks Involved with Mission Trips to OrphanagesHow Conflicts — Like the War in Ukraine —Affect Children and OrphansAbout the Guest: Elli Oswald is the Executive Director of the Faith to Action Initiative. The organization advocates for family-based care for children and functions to “mobilize and educate churches, faith-based organizations and individuals to engage in care that upholds the vital importance of family in a child’s life.” Prior to this role, she served as Director of Mission and Outreach at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, Washington. There she guided Bethany Community Church in various ministries to the poor and vulnerable in Seattle and around the world. Elli has also served as the Children in Crisis Research and Communications Coordinator for World Vision International’s Child Development and Rights Technical Team which specializes in community-based care for children deprived of parental care. Elli has a B.A. from Pepperdine University and a M.A. in Cross Cultural Studies and International Development from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has worked with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, including Union Station Homeless Services in Los Angeles.Scripture Related to Episode:Genesis 1: 27, All Humanity Created in God’s ImageLinks Related to Episode:Faith to Action InitiativeFaith to Action Initiative - FBFaith to Action Initiative - TwitterResources to Learn about Child AdvocacyTimestamped Show Notes:01:07 - Topic: The Importance of Family-Based Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children01:56 - The Blessing of Extended Family03:31 - The Faith to Action Initiative04:22 - What the Research Says about Orphanages vs. Family-Based Living05:00 - Where Is the Orphan's Family?05:34 - When a Child Might be Better-Off in an Orphanage06:48 - Mission Trips to Orphanages — the Risks, the Money and the Children08:24 - Child Advocacy and Supporting Vulnerable Families 09:09 - Discrimination and Children with Disabilities09:44 - Follow the Money10:29 - The Impact of War on Children and Orphans11:49 - Adopting Children and Orphans12:53 - COVID's Global Impact on Children13:37 - When a Child Loses a Care Giver13:54 - Holistic Care for Children14:47 - It Can Happen!15:09 - History of the Church Protecting the Vulnerable16:20 - Find Resources and Connect with the Faith to Action Initiative17:29 - Knock, Knock. Who's There?
#37. Why Ministry Contextualization Matters: The Robert Katende Story
Jul 26 2022
#37. Why Ministry Contextualization Matters: The Robert Katende Story
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 portrayed in the 2016 feature film, Queen of Katwe, Robert Katende continues to serve in sports ministry, coaching young people in Kampala, Uganda.What You’ll Learn:How sports ministry differs from sports activity programsThe ingredients for an effective sports ministry Why understanding the community is so important when starting a sports outreach ministryAbout the Guest: Robert Katende is best known as mentor and coach to Phiona Mutesi, their true story was portrayed in the 2016, family-friendly film, Queen of Katwe. As a young person Mutesi became a chess phenom and Robert Katende was her coach. Robert became a Christian when he was a teenager. He began working with Sports Outreach Ministry full time a few years after volunteering as a university student in Kampala, Uganda. The ministry included young people from the slums of Kampala and living in IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps.Before going to university, he overcame many struggles in his childhood like being separated from his young mother, growing up during a time of war and civil unrest, being raised in different households and growing up in the slums of Nakulabye in Kampala.With hard work, he was able to go to Kyambogo University. That’s where he began to volunteer with Sports Outreach Ministry participating in soccer. He completed a degree in Computer Engineering at Kampala University.Today, Robert and his wife, Sarah, have three girls. He has attained a master’s degree in International Community Development from Northwest University Seattle, USA. He continues to serve in Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM) where he is the Director for Southern Uganda and founder of the SOM Chess Academy. He is also the founder of the Robert Katende Initiative, in Uganda. Scripture Related to Episode :Matthew 19: 23-26; With God All Things Are PossibleEphesians 4: 1-3; What’s Your Calling?John 13: 34-35; Unconditional LoveRomans 7: 21-25; Speaking to the Inner ManLinks Related to Episode:Sports Outreach Ministry (SOM), Southern Uganda Robert Katende InitiativeContact Robert Katende, Robert Katende InitiativeContact SOM Chess AcademyContact SOM KampalaTimestamped Show Notes:01:12 - Topic: The Importance of Understanding the Unique Needs of...