Perspectives

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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How Donald Sterling and TMZ Hijacked the NBA Playoffs

Donald Sterling’s racist remarks are nothing new but they have become news. What’s so different now and what should the result of the dustup be? Read more

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Five Reasons To Celebrate Black History Month

Jemar Tisby, co-founder of the Reformed African American Network, makes a case for the relevance and importance of Black History Month. Read more

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Arts & Entertainment

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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Mo’ne Davis Pitching Inspiration

This thirteen-year-old is one of 18 girls that have played in the Little League World Series and is set to break records. Read more

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The Brief History of Black Jesus in Hollywood

McGruder's "Black Jesus" isn't the first black Jesus, find out about the satirical and serious black Jesuses that have graced big and small screens to very little fanfare. 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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One business used this maxim: “Right action leads to right results. Wrong action leads to wrong results.” That company told its employees never to pressure customers, never discredit competitors; never use negative sales tactics; and never lie. The result—sales soared into the millions. That company followed the advice the Apostle Paul gave Corinthian believers as he urged them to give generously to help the poor. In 2 Corinthians 9:6, he said, “A farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” Here are two important truths from this principle of sowing and reaping: 1) The farmer plants in the spring trusting he will reap in the fall the crop he planted. He sows in faith. And 2), a farmer expects to reap more than he sows. If he plants 30 bushels of corn, he expects to reap far more than 30 bushels. The principle of sowing and reaping is not only that we reap what we sow, but that we reap much more than we have sown. Paul urged Christians at Corinth to give generously for the benefit of the poor, reminding them that when harvest time comes, they will have much more than they gave. Reaping what we sow is a universal principle that God honors. And it applies in all kinds of situations—personally, in the family, church, business, and the world.

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