As we move forward into a new decade, we are thankful for God’s provision in 2009 and the hope that He gives us for 2010. In addition to the usual resolutions (South Beach Diet, anyone?), it’s time to refocus and recommit ourselves to lives of prayer and devotion — and UrbanFaith is here to help! Check out these top UF articles on prayer, faith, and spiritual renewal from ’09, and join us in getting prayed up for the New Year!
Fifty Christian leaders from this Nebraska city traveled to the Deep South on a mission of racial healing and reconciliation. Now, they’re working together to pass on the lessons learned from their life-changing Justice Journey.
On Monday, Chicago Public Radio’s signature news and talk program,, featured a sobering “barbershop” discussion about the culture of gangs and violence that continues to ravage Chicago’s inner-city communities. Since last September, more than 70 Chicago Public School students have been shot; 36 CPS students were killed during the 2008-09 school year; and the brutal Sept. 24 beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert made global headlines when cell-phone video of the deadly riot went viral. Chicago Public Radio’s Richard Steele led with a panel of both young and older African American men. For anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the reasons behind the epidemic of violence in our urban communities, and how we can begin to reverse the trend, this 16-minute radio segment is worth your time.
So here’s something we didn’t know. Turns out the quietly disbanded in 2007, following the death of its founder, Walter J. Turnbull. We knew the choir had run into some legal and moral tangles in recent years, but we didn’t know that, for all intents and purposes, it had ceased to exist. From the New York Times report:was
James Bain was 19 when he was imprisoned 35 years ago after being wrongly convicted of child rape. On Dec. 17, he was released from prison after DNA evidence cleared him of the crime. Now 54, Bain says God was with him and that he forgives those who locked him up.