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


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


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


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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Arts & Entertainment

The Selma Movie Trailer

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


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


Jackie Robinson West: A Beacon of Light for Southside Chicago

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


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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A leprous woman in India lifted her disfigured, leprous arms and hands and praised God. She said, “I would rather be a leper who knows Christ than to be completely whole and a stranger to His grace.” We can only marvel at such gratitude. The author of Psalm 33 calls on people everywhere to acknowledge and praise God for His nature, character, and actions. He writes, “Let the godly sing for joy to the LORD; it is fitting for the pure to praise him.” He then identifies some sound reasons why we should praise God: “For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything he does. He loves whatever is just and good; the unfailing love of the Lord fills the earth. The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him.” Sadly, some people today deny God’s existence; others fail to honor and obey Him as He deserves. Yet, wise people know better. They take time to worship, honor, praise, and thank God, who not only saves those who trust Him, but He is the source of every blessing we enjoy.

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