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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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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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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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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Thousands of alien youth are coming to our country. Politicians are fiercely debating what to do about it. Some say treat them as refugees, not immigrants, because they are fleeing violence in their country. Justice is at the heart of the debate. If youth are fleeing violence, why is God silent and not punishing those who threaten to hurt them? Is it fair for us to give them refuge and jobs when so many Americans are out of work? The patriarch Job questioned God’s silence when he saw injustice in his day. In Chapter 24, He asks, “Why doesn’t the Almighty bring the wicked to judgment? Why must the godly wait for him in vain?” He goes on to describe some of the unjust practices he saw: “The wicked snatch a widow’s child from her breast, taking the baby as security for a loan. The poor must go about naked without any clothing. They harvest food for others while they themselves are starving. They press out olive oil without being allowed to taste it, and they tread in the winepress as they suffer from thirst. The groans of the dying rise from the city; the wounded cry for help yet God ignores their moaning.” To Job, it seemed as if God was silent. Later, he heard God say that in God’s own time and way, He would bring every evil deed to justice. Until then, God calls us to treat others fairly, and work to eliminate injustice wherever we find it.

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