The Future Is Here

The Future Is Here

Imagine a vibrant movement of passionate urban youth that are living out the Gospel in cities around the world and leading the next revival and iteration of the Church. The time for that is now. We welcome you to The Future Is Here Podcast where UYWI's CEO Tommy Nixon, along with many relevant leading voices, dive deep into what the future of the church looks like—future that is here, young, multi-ethnic, and a reflection of God's Kingdom.


October 19, 2022 23 min

We are at a time and point in history where there are white power structures and because of this we have a demographic shift. 

Don’t look at it as a loss, but rather as the most Christian thing to do because that’s what Jesus did. We can actually lay down our power for the benefit of others. It’s a dub. 

We need to create a new leadership for a new world. Even if power shifts and nothing changes with the distribution of power, we bec...

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Is Social Justice a Sin?

We have seen our Urban Brothers and Sisters go through social justice issues like abortion, immigration, racism, but we fail to wrestle with this tension because we care more about being on the “right side.”

So what happens when we embody the values of others as opposed to that of Scripture? We miss the mark. We can’t be a witness when we play the victim. We need to show what the Kingdom of God is really like...

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Is The Church Full Of Hypocrites?

The answer may shock you.

It’s important that we recognize our hypocrisy and come with a posture of “I do not always live out what I believe.”The most Christian thing you can say is “I was wrong.” Why is it so hard to accept this?

When we allow idolatry to play a part in our lives, of course it’s going to be hard to acknowledge our own hypocrisy. We need to embody the values that have been laid out fo...

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We have experienced a tremendous amount of suffering these past couple of years, but with this comes polarization. As followers of Christ, how can we learn to share the suffering of others? 

And how can we learn how to do this well?  What if suffering is imposed? Can we change the “they” narrative of suffering to a “we” narrative?  

Join Tommy Nixon & Fredy Romero on Episode 5: A Shared Suffering | The Future is Here Podcast: Rad...

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Time and time again, we have seen “whoever controls the Book, holds the Power.” This leads to a toxic Church AND Christian Leadership.

We are going through the tension of how we read scripture and how we use it as a weapon to control people.

How do we control the narrative when Pastors and Church Leaders are controlling the narrative to fit the Gospel to their beliefs?

There are many mini Kingdoms that these leaders are creating about...

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“Who am I?”

You might’ve asked yourself this question once, twice, maybe more. We have lost the piece that makes us who we are. 

As leaders, we have a crisis. We are called to serve the marginalized, but the color of our skin disqualifies us. 

What happens when your Christian Community is not fighting for the injustices within our country? Do you lean into the color of your skin and fight? 

What comes into mind when you hear that you a...

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How much of American Nationalism has seeped into the Church?

We as Christians are in a spiritual battle against the evil forces of this world. When you add American nationalism to this battle, it creates enemies out of other people, and reality is, those people are created in the Image of God. In this current reality we see key groups of people who profess Christ but don’t care about the suffering of others. How are we being that li...

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What would it cost for the church to abandon its position on the left and the right?

What if you didn't have to choose sides? What if the gray is actually where Jesus led from?

Jesus was a paradox and wasn’t afraid to embrace the tension.

In The Future Is Here Podcast | Radical Middle Edition Tommy Nixon and Co-Host Fredy Romero break down the fundamental principles of the Radical Middle. They’ll discuss how to live the Christian ...

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In the Season 2 Finale of The Future Is Here #Podcast titled The Third Way: Navigating The Pitfalls of The Right and The Left, our esteemed host and CEO Tommy Nixon talks to Atlanta-based lawyer, political strategist, Co-Founder, President of the AND Campaign, Justin Giboney about what it looks like to live as a Christ-follower in the tension of our current context and culture. If you have ever struggled with what it means to be co...

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The Israel-Palestine conflict has persisted through history for what seems like forever now, and with its ceaseless nature and the amount of information out there because of how long it has lasted, this issue is becoming an increasingly sensitive subject to approach, but for good reason. It must be approached with nuance and consideration of lenses, and that’s what we’re here to do today for you on the latest episode of The Future ...

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Last year after the presidential election, we got to talk to Sho Baraka of the And Campaign about the importance of Christians being nvolved in the political arena. We loved our discussion so much, we invited him back for The Future Is Here #podcast to talk to him about what he sees as the future of #evangelicalism and why the Black Church is central to it.

Listen on as our host Tommy Nixon also talks to Sho about his new book, "...

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In this episode of The Future Is Here Podcast, we are bringing into focus our  #pursuethemillion campaign. So we invited a talented and inspirational individual who decided to leave the Church, not once but twice. Her name is Alma Lizzette Cardenas-Rodriguez and her ever-evolving story must be heard. 

Alma is a Mexican-American-born author and poet, raised in the San Fernando Valley.  Alma holds a Master of Arts in Transformational...

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More than any other generation, Millennials are some of the most misunderstood and misconstrued individuals within the context of human history, yes even as a new generation — Gen Z’s — continue to rise to the forefront as society’s new leaders. Gen Z’s represent a beacon of hope as we slowly emerge from a history-altering pandemic. But millennials are being prematurely put on the backburner as the new “lost generation,” swept asid...

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Episode 14 marks the first time we’ve had 3 Guests on our podcast, at once, and we’re so excited for you to hear this conversation. In this episode, our wise and forward-thinking host Tommy Nixon talks to three amazing and diverse Latino leaders, Eli Bonilla, Sammy Rodriguez, Manny Dominguez, about what the future of the Latino/a Church could look like, and how important the #BrownChurch is in the Kingdom of God. As is customary, T...

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As youth leaders, you probably already know from personal experience that the youth pastor is one of the most, if not, the most underappreciated individuals within the church. Not only does UYWI believe this to be the case, but so does the person who runs the largest youth group in America, Vince Parker, the Central Ministry Leader for Switch at Life.Church. In our latest episode of The Future Is Here Church, Parker joins our host ...

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The second season of The Future Is Here #Podcast has finally arrived! In episode 12 titled "Women Are the Future," we talk with Nicole Smithee, CEO and Co-Founder of Iridescent Women, a digital media company and membership program committed to awakening and championing the brilliance of every woman through honest conversations and authentic connections. Nicole sits down with our host Tommy Nixon to explore the continued bar...

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We invited our good friend and expert of many things,  Eugene Cho, to talk about the importance of being involved within the sphere of #politicaldiscussion now more than ever, even after the election season has passed us by. Needless to say, he talks about how we must engage with grace—without being a jerk—hence the title of his new book titled “Thou Shalt Not Be A Jerk.” ⁣ It was so good we are closing the season of The Future Is ...

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Micah 6:8

"The Lord has shown you what is good. He has told you what he requires of you. You must act with justice. You must love to show mercy. And you must be humble as you live in the sight of your God."

Have you ever wondered how to create change in your city through grassroots community organizing? Have you ever wondered if there is a biblical framework for how to impact public policy in a just & merciful way?

So much...

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Our Kingdom citizenship doesn’t allow us to be content with injustice, and neither does the future of the Church. In this episode of The Future Is Here podcast, our host and CEO Tommy Nixon sits down with pastor, author, speaker, activist, racial justice educator, Dominique Gilliard to discuss why we must remember incarcerated people the way scripture does. This is an episode you DO NOT want to miss.

Dominique is the Director of Rac...

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In a world where "Evangelical" has become a dirty word, we as believers in the future of The Church must ask ourselves, "How do we reclaim evangelism?" UYWI believes we must lead this next generation to be on fire for Jesus, and excited about sharing the beautiful and powerful truth of Christ. But what does that look like and how do we separate it from the increasingly notorious connotation of the mere word, "ev...

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