InterVarsity Press (IVP) is pleased to announce its newest podcast, Get in The Word with Truth’s Table. Produced in partnership with the popular show Truth’s Table, the podcast will feature daily Bible readings and prayers narrated by Dr. Christina Edmondson and Ekemini Uwan, two cohosts of Truth’s Table. The first episode will release on January 1, 2022, and will cover the entire canon of the Bible over the course of the year.
“This is a dream that has been a long time in coming,” said Helen Lee, IVP’s director of Product Innovation. “Nearly two years ago, we first met with Ekemini regarding her deep desire for Christians to hear the voices of women of color reading the Word of God. I’m so delighted that we have reached this point of the imminent release of a podcast that not only features the Holy Scriptures, but that does so through the unique and distinctive voices of Ekemini and Christina. I believe that many listeners will come to experience the truth of God’s Word in a new way through this podcast, and I’m so grateful to be in partnership with Truth’s Table to bring Ekemini’s original vision to reality.”
“The Word of God is living, active, and dynamic, yet when people choose to listen to the Bible, their ears are often met with homogeneity, as most of the options available to them are the voices of white men,” Uwan said. “The church and the world miss out when the beautiful tapestry of ethnic diversity within the kingdom of God is veiled in this way. The church in America and the global church desperately need to hear Black women and non-Black women of color read the full canon of Scripture. Get in The Word with Truth’s Table will help provide a much-needed biblical resource.”
The podcast will use a fresh and unique approach to moving through the Bible, featuring the Bible Study Together reading plan created by Peter Schrock. The reading plan goes chronologically through the Old Testament and makes relevant connections between the Old and New Testaments along the way, “interweav[ing] the New Testament and Old Testament together in a single tapestry so that Old Testament stories, psalms, and prophecies connect as much as possible to New Testament teaching without losing their original context” (from Bible Study Together).
Get in The Word with Truth’s Table will also feature the New English Translation of the Bible, “a completely new translation of the Bible with 60,932 translators’ notes . . . completed by more than 25 scholars—experts in the original biblical languages—who worked directly from the best currently available Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts” (from NetBible.com).
Get in The Word with Truth’s Table is one of a growing number of projects underwritten by IVP’s Every Voice Now initiative, which seeks to amplify and elevate voices of color. “IVP’s growing commitment to diversity and equity in Christ is visible among its dynamic and thoughtful authors of color and well-respected executive leaders of color,” said Edmondson, whose IVP book Faithful Antiracism, coauthored with Chad Brennan, will release in March 2022. “Truth’s Table, a leader in African American podcasting, is honored to partner with our siblings in Christ at IVP to make the Word of God accessible to a diverse audience.”