Less than two years since the first episode released on January 1, 2022, IVP has announced that the Get in the Word with Truth’s Table podcast has surpassed one million downloads.
Get in The Word with Truth’s Table is a daily Bible podcast featuring two cohosts of the popular Truth’s Table podcast—Christina Edmondson and Ekemini Uwan—who narrate the entire Bible and offer daily prayers over the course of a year.
“Hitting the one million download milestone for Get in The Word with Truth’s Table is an affirmation and confirmation of the importance of this kingdom work,” said Uwan. “We knew there was a void in the audio Bible podcast market, and we sought to fill that void so that Black women and everyone knows that the gospel of Jesus Christ belongs to us too.”
Produced in partnership with the popular show Truth’s Table, 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.
“When Ekemini first shared with us her dream of creating an audio Bible featuring the voices of women of color, I had no idea whether or not IVP could bring this dream to reality,” said Helen Lee, IVP’s Director of Product Innovation. “Thankfully, through the generosity and support of IVP’s Every Voice Now fund and The Grace & Mercy Foundation, both of which caught Ekemini’s vision, we have been honored to create a resource that continues to bless and inspire listeners every day. Reaching this milestone underscores the reality that so many people want to hear God’s Word in voices that either resonate with their lived experiences or that expand those experiences to include marginalized voices. Historically in the church, the voices of Black women have not always been among those heard and heeded. I’m so grateful to Ekemini and Christina for lending their respected and trustworthy voices towards this project that will help listeners hear and obey God’s Word.”
Edmondson (PhD, Tennessee State University) is a higher education instructor, organizational consultant, and cohost of the Truth’s Table podcast. She is the coauthor of Faithful Antiracism and has served in a variety of roles including as the Dean for Intercultural Student Development at Calvin University. She is also a certified Cultural Intelligence facilitator, public speaker, mental health therapist, and a consultant in the areas of ethics, equity, and Christian leadership development. Her writing has been seen and referenced in outlets like Essence.com, YourBlackWorld.com, and Gospel Today magazine.
“We’re grateful for the opportunity to partner with our colleagues at IVP to bring this resource to the public,” Edmondson said. “First and foremost, Get in The Word with Truth’s Table presents the power and beauty of God’s Word through the voices and prayers of Black women. We’re grateful and amazed at reaching one million downloads, and we are trusting God for one million more. We know that God’s Word lifts burdens, transforms hearts, and reassures us of the bounty of grace extended to all of us.”
Uwan (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a public theologian and the cohost of the Truth’s Table podcast. Her writings have been published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Huffington Post Black Voices, Christianity Today, and The Witness: A Black Christian Collective. Ekemini has appeared on MSNBC, and her insights have been quoted by NPR, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, among other publications. In 2021, she earned the IMPACT Award from The Institute for the Study of the Black Christian Experience.
Featuring the New English Translation and a reading plan developed by Peter Schrock of Bible Study Together, the Get in The Word with Truth’s Table episodes move chronologically through the Old Testament and make relevant connections between the Old and New Testaments along the way, interweaving Scripture passages 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.
“The partnership between InterVarsity Press and Get in The Word with Truth’s Table has been a great example of what we strive to do—to create and publish resources that deepen lives in Christ,” said IVP publisher Terumi Echols. “What this milestone of one million downloads means is that so many people have had their faith deepened through the encouragement of the Scripture and prayers offered in each podcast episode. I am deeply grateful to the hosts, Christina Edmondson and Ekemini Uwan, for the investment of their time and willingness to collaborate with us on this meaningful and important reading of Scripture that has blessed so many listeners.”