Perspectives

The Roof is on Fire: Dismantling the Juvenile Justice System

A conversation With Nell Bernstein, journalist and author of Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison Read more

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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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Arts & Entertainment

‘Revival: The Experience’ Brings An All-Black Cast to a Big Screen Biblical Story

The musical retelling of the Gospel of John features a star-studded all black cast and looks like a much needed reprieve from white-washed biblical narratives. Read more

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Unbroken Suffers from Too Much Suffering

Angelina Jolie's by-the-book biopic bites off a little more than it can chew yet it is still worth the watch. Read more

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Christian Movies: So Close, & Yet So Far

Faith-based cinema has encouraging signs, but there’s a tension between evangelistic messaging and quality art, embodied by what we mean when we say “Christian movie.” 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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Healthy bodies have numerous benefits and wholesome food promotes healthy bodies. Experts say nutritious food helps keep your weight under control, makes you feel better, keeps your energy up, protects you against diseases, and helps you sleep better. I doubt if Daniel and his three friends had all these reasons in mind when they objected to eating Babylonian food. Daniel had a higher reason to reject the King’s diet. He wanted to make sure he was staying true to the Mosaic laws. He wanted to stay true his God. So he appealed to his superiors. We read in Daniel 1: “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water… see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” The official agreed and at the end of the test, Daniel and his friends looked healthier than the others. As a result, they served the king with distinction. Doubtlessly, God honored their desire to preserve their bodies for His divine purpose. That is a good reason for us to maintain our health. God has given us bodies to fulfill His good purpose while we live on earth. If we neglect our bodies by failing to follow healthy practices of diet, rest, and exercise, we may be hindering God’s purpose for us, and for His kingdom. Of course, God may permit illness or other calamities to refine our character, or for some other purpose. But on our part, we should treat our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit for God’s high purpose.

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