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UP: The Union Podcast, volume 1 (1–50)

Here you can browse and listen to the first 50 editions of UP as we chat with various theologians and authors. Each edition is just a few minutes long, so it's an ideal companion for washing the dishes, walking the dog, or your daily commute.

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David Murray gives us a host of reasons to pursue real happiness in Christian living. 
David Murray questions the popular idea that there is a difference between happiness and joy. 
David Murray gives his advice on how to see more of Jesus and his salvation in the pages of the Old Testament. 
David Murray explores the ways the Old Testament saints knew and trusted in Jesus as he 'tried on the clothes of his incarnation' before time. 
David Murray considers whether those who lived before Jesus' birth were saved by their works, faith in God in general, by their sacrifices, or by another way altogether. 
Dan Hames asks Tony Reinke how John Newton might encourage and challenge us, centuries after his death. 
Tony Reinke outlines what he believes to be the heart of John Newton's pastoral care, theology, and letter writing. 
Tony Reinke describes John Newton's methods of pastoral care, and opens up his heart to serve those in his care. 
Tony Reinke tells the life story of John Newton, from sin and slavery to Christ and ministry. 
Tony Reinke describes how he came to study John Newton, and commends his writing – especially his letters – for us today. 
Graham Tomlin tells us which part of Luther's theology might be the most crucial – and which Luther himself thought of the same way. 
Did Luther totally dismiss good works? Were they important in any way at all? Graham Tomlin investigates. 
Dan Hames asks Graham Tomlin about Luther's famous distinction between 'law' and 'gospel', and they touch on the New Perspective's reading of Luther. 
Graham Tomlin explains Luther's theology of the cross – that the death of Jesus reveals much about God, reality, and us. 
Graham Tomlin talks about Luther's life as a monk and his breakthrough in understanding salvation. 
What can I do if I have used my power for my own ends? What can I do if I have power but have failed to take responsibility and use it properly? Mark Stirling gives some practical pointers. 
We're often warned about money, sex, and power – they're dangerous and addictive. But is power something Christian leaders should avoid? 
Mark Stirling looks at Jesus' teaching to his disciples about power. 
Mark Stirling shows us that biblically, power is for the purpose of humble service. 
Mark Stirling looks at the nature of authority in Christian leadership and challenges us to think about how easily it can be twisted. 
Gloria Furman gives us practical help in enjoying Jesus daily while we are pressed for time, bored, and busy. 
Dan Hames asks Gloria Furman why it's important – and if it's possible – to keep Christ at the centre of family life. 
Gloria Furman speaks about helping your children to know the Lord while staying close to him yourself. 
Gloria Furman reflects on the ways motherhood brought her to deal with fear and change, and taught her about the love of God.  
Gloria Furman speaks about the challenges and blessings of being a busy mother. 
Kyle Strobel speaks about the benefits of silent prayer, resting in the intercession of the Son and the Spirit. 
Kyle Strobel speaks about the subject of his book, 'Beloved Dust'; knowing ourselves before God in prayer. 
Kyle Strobel talks about why Jonathan Edwards said God is 'religious'. 
Kyle Strobel delves into the biblical language of 'seeing God', considering what it means to 'see' God now by faith, and to see him face-to-face in the age to come. 
Dan Hames asks Kyle Strobel how Christians should relate to the OT language and concept of 'the presence of God' today. 
In the fourth of five instalments reading through Luther's teaching on the first commandment, we come to the threat and the promise God attached to it. 
In the fourth of five instalments reading through Luther's teaching on the first commandment, we come to the threat and the promise God attached to it. 
Listen to Martin Luther on the first commandment, from his Large Catechism, in the third of five instalments. 
Dan Hames reads Luther's teaching on the First Commandment from his Large Catechism in the second of five instalments.  
Dan Hames reads Luther's teaching on the First Commandment from his Large Catechism in the first of five instalments. 
Dane Ortlund gives five pieces of practical advice for anyone who's struggling to read their Bible regularly. 
Dane Ortlund speaks about the way the Bible has impacted his life – as an unchanging, rock-solid word from heaven. 
Dane Ortlund helps us set our expectations for our daily devotions. Should we be looking for verses to jump off the page? A 'still small voice' in our minds? 
We asked Dane Ortlund how to guard against our quiet times becoming and empty habit or meaningless ritual. 
Dan Hames asks Dane Ortlund whether reading the Bible can really help Christians grow spiritually. 
Andrew Wilson talks about disagreeing over doctrine. Why debate theology with other Christians? Isn't it divisive and unhelpful? 
Dan Hames and Glen Scrivener speak about Halloween's origins and meaning; its dangers and its opportunities. 
Andrew Wilson compares our changing human ideas and concerns with the unchanging word of God. 
Andrew Wilson explains the history of the canon of scripture and why we can be confident in the Bible we have today. 
Andrew Wilson shows how Jesus is the heart and focus of the whole Bible – Old Testament and New. 
Dan Hames asks Andrew Wilson where to start when we want to understand the Bible. 
Peter Mead explains how a biblical understanding of Jesus' humanity affects the way we do evangelism and outline the gospel. 
We ask Peter Mead whether there's a danger in talking about the Incarnation that we risk neglecting the death of Jesus. 
Dan Hames asks Peter Mead what difference the doctrine of the incarnation actually makes for us day to day. 
In the second edition of UP, Peter Mead looks at why and how Jesus' incarnation is important for our salvation. 
In the first ever edition of UP, the Union podcast, Dan Hames asks Peter Mead why his book about the incarnation isn't out at Christmas.