Perspectives

Black Christian Women Now: Where Do We Stand?

An introduction to a multimedia series exploring the intersection of faith and lived experience for black Christian women. Read more

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7 Misconceptions About People Who Go to Seminary

There are many misconceptions about people who go to seminary and Bible schools, here are a few, explained and debunked. Read more

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Mama, There Goes That Man: 3 Lessons from the Mark Jackson Firing

Mark Jackson’s tenure was shipwrecked in three areas, and anyone who wants to be successful–in sports and particularly ministry–should heed them. Read more

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Donald Sterling and the Missing Nigerian Girls: Distraction in the Midst of Danger?

This weekend’s news about Sterling distracted a nation and while it has some significant implications it took our attention away from those in immediate danger. Read more

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The Selma Movie Trailer

Watch the trailer for the Ava Duvernay directed film about the historic voting rights marches. Read more

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Ray Rice: Domestic Abuse, Weed, and the NFL “Standard”

The Ravens termination and NFL suspension of Ray Rice reveals a double standard regarding athlete infractions and is forcing fans to think deeply about supporting players and teams. Read more

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Jackie Robinson West: A Beacon of Light for Southside Chicago

Growing from their city's violent reputation to world sports victors. Read more

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Daily Direction

Urban Faith's Dr. Melvin BanksDaily Direction featuring Dr. Melvin Banks, is the two-minute daily radio program  based on the themes found in UMI's annual commentary Precepts for Living. To find a radio station near you that airs Daily Direction click here. Miss a Daily Direction? Click here to view all.

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Once, police surrounded a parked car in New York City. In the backseat was a man with a rifle. They tried to negotiate with him, but he did not reply. After watching and waiting, they realized the man was a mannequin. Later, they spoke to the owner of the car; he said he kept the mannequin for protection. Years ago, Abram was likely fearful, because he lived in a strange land. Also, God had told him He would bless the world through his offspring; but he had no children to produce offspring. Perhaps this is why we read in Genesis chapter 15, that God told him in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great. But Abram replied, ‘O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son?’” To assure Abram of God’s ability and dependability to do what He promises, the Lord took him outside and said, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” The text tells us, “Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.” Today, God still calls us to rely on him, on His written Word, and on his unblemished reputation to do all He promises.

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