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

An Open Letter to Mase

Writer and longtime Mase fan Jacqueline Holness pens a passionate letter to the former pastor about her disappointment in his recent move back to the rap game. Read more

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Curbing the Obsession with Black Reality Television

On the eve of the premiere of BAPs, yet another reality show focusing on the lives of black people we must ask, "Are reality shows purely entertainment, or is there something more to consider?" Read more

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Stuart Scott’s Seven Words on Cancer at the ESPYs

The ESPN Sportscenter anchor's seven words that turned cancer cliches on their head and gave many a new outlook on life. 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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After a new pastor finished his sermon, one woman asked another, “What did you think of the sermon?” Oh, it was O.K., but he’ll get better after he suffers a while.” And so it was—after the pastor suffered the deaths of two wives and a niece, he became a powerful pastor. Throughout history, people have wrestled with the question of why those who are good suffer. The Apostle Paul explains that because we belong to a wise and loving God, He has the right to use our suffering to benefit others. And when we go thru trouble, God uses it to refine our character and reserves for us an eternal reward. Paul explains this in 2 Corinthians Chapter 1, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. Even when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your comfort and salvation! For when we ourselves are comforted, we will certainly comfort you.” As the Apostle explains, some trouble we experience may have nothing to do with us. Rather, our trials may come to equip us to serve our Lord more effectively.

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