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

United? We Pray Isaac Adams

    • Christianity

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

    0404 - EDUCATION in Birmingham, AL (w/ Collin Hansen)

    0404 - EDUCATION in Birmingham, AL (w/ Collin Hansen)

    Overview: “The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.” (Luke 18:11)

    Collin Hansen, Editorial Director of The Gospel Coalition, joins Isaac Adams to discuss the wounds of racism in the South. From the history of the University of Alabama football team to 16th Street Baptist Church, the brothers discuss how racism affects all facets of life. Most tragically, instead of being beacons of light, too many churches in the South became bulwarks of ongoing resistance to racial integration. Join the brothers as they discuss whiteness as an identity, why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s questions in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail are just as pressing today as they were when he first wrote them, and other questions like these:

    What led you to think deeply about race?

    Who are you educating? How are you educating them?

    Racism and church membership rolls—what do they have to do with each other?

    How should we think through the retort, "Just preach the gospel?"

    Show Notes:

    Talk: "History of Birmingham" by Collin Hansen

    Article: "More Christian Than Black or White" by Isaac Adams

    • 47 min
    0403 - DISRUPTION in Seattle, WA (w/ David Leong)

    0403 - DISRUPTION in Seattle, WA (w/ David Leong)

    Overview: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23)

    "Racial logic is the air we breathe." If this is true, how does this affect our understanding of race and racism? Why are these issues about more than personal, individual morality and how do we see them manifest in structures and systems? Moreover, how might Christians faithfully disrupt patterns of exclusion and injustice? Join Isaac Adams and David Leong as they talk about race, place, and their connection; listen for an encouraging testimony of how one church's stubbornness and faith has borne beautiful fruit, by God's grace. Other topics the brothers discussed include:  

    Racial identity formation, white fragility, redlining and gentrification

    Lament and sitting in places of discomfort and pain

    Not rushing to "fix racial problems" but realizing that this tendency in some of us may be a part of the problem

    • 38 min
    0402 - LAMENT in Indianapolis, IN (w/ Mark Vroegop)

    0402 - LAMENT in Indianapolis, IN (w/ Mark Vroegop)

    "Lament is a prayer in pain that leads to trust." Why is understanding songs of sorrow so important for our thinking about race? Why is lament so important that a third of Psalms are lament? Join Isaac Adams and Mark Vroegop as they answer these questions:

    • 38 min
    0401 - HOPE in Washington D.C. (w/ Thabiti Anyabwile)

    0401 - HOPE in Washington D.C. (w/ Thabiti Anyabwile)

    Despite division over their alma maters, Thabiti Anyabwile and Isaac Adams come together to talk about hope and its importance for the work of racial reconciliation.

    • 48 min
    0400- Who Are We, Anyway?

    0400- Who Are We, Anyway?

    In this episode, the rest of the leadership team join Isaac to talk about what roles they play on the United? We Pray team, and why they do what they do.

    • 24 min
    0308 - Christian Civility (w/ Trillia Newbell)

    0308 - Christian Civility (w/ Trillia Newbell)

    How are you praying for the 2020 election? How might we as Christians prepare to speak about it with one another in a way that shows the world we are Jesus’ disciples?

    In this episode, Isaac Adams and Trillia Newbell team up again to discuss the heightened political animosity and polarization that too often characterizes Christians online. Yet as Christians we are called to a love of neighbor that involves gentleness, being slow to speak, quick to hear. To bring us toward that kind of love, the Lord may need to tear down our political idols. “We will grapple to keep them,” Trillia says, “which can lead us to fight and be enraged with one another.”

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

Trwest24 ,

Huge Encouragement

Listening to this podcast is edifying to the soul! Love the intentionality behind the questions and ultimately, bringing it all to the Lord in prayer! God can unify the hearts of Christians by the power of the Holy Spirit! Continue in this important work to unify the Kingdom of God, brother!

Gregarious G ,

New Listener

Isaac, just found the podcast this weekend and I'm hooked. God has had the issues of race and the church on my heart for months now as I've been reading, listening and learning from new voices. Perfect timing to find this as I am yearning for action to be reminded that "prayer is action," as Trill said in EP.1.

Looking forward to catching up seasons and spending the time in prayer with you. Thank you for doing this!

Josiah380 ,

Inspiring and Praiseworthy

Isaac and Trillia are exemplars of trusting God and loving the bride of Christ. Praise God for what he is doing in and through them.

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