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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A company called Big City Forests turns useless wood pallets into expensive furniture. Pallet chips are worth $30 a ton; but, this company recycles the pallets and makes expensive floor covering worth $1,200 a ton, and furniture worth $6,000 a ton! This illustrates a principle God gave Jeremiah for the benefit of his people and for us. We read in this in Jeremiah Chapter 18: God told Jeremiah, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So he went and found the potter working at his wheel, but the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again, and started over. Then the Lord gave Jeremiah this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned. And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom, but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would.” One lesson we get from the potter and the clay is this. God, the Potter, has authority and power over every nation or person. As clay, we are imperfect, but when we repent, God delights to remake us into what is useful and beautiful.

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