Faith & Purpose


 

10 Two-Minute Podcast Shorts on Prayer

In celebration of the life of Dr. Melvin E. Banks, we’re looking back on his poignant points on prayer. Turn the ringer off on your phone, find a quiet place, be still, and listen.

What are the origins of Lent?

The 40-day Lenten season, when many Christians observe fasting, began in mid-February. But how did the practice emerge?

Reuse or recycle your Christmas tree

All kinds of factors influence choices about Christmas trees. Regardless of your choice, the key to relieving environmental angst is planning to reuse or recycle your tree.

Are you unsure about your life’s purpose?

Purpose is a word that is on the minds of many millennials, however, for many it seems to be that piece of the puzzle that is hidden; That needle in the haystack that you are searching for.

8 Ways to Make Virtual Church Engaging

Even with best CDC practices in place, is it really safe to hold in-person church services? Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III, Senior Leader of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, doesn’t think so. His 33,000+ member congregation will remain virtual until there is a COVID-19 vaccine. He’s urging other pastors to do the same.

Ready to Go Back To Church?

10 things to consider before heading to worship. Plus, UMI hosts its second virtual discussion: “Safety, Science, Spirit: Reopening Church Buildings,” featuring Linda Mobula, MD, MPH, and Rev. Matthew Lawrence Watley.

‘I Am Restored’

Two-time Grammy winning hip-hop artist and New York Times bestselling author Lecrae shares his thoughts on George Floyd and opens up about his own struggles and journey to restoration.

Building Bridges

New nationwide school integration initiative to bring together districts, charters, and housing experts.

Successful Moms of the Bible

Motherhood is not for the weak. It takes guts to raise children well and still keep ourselves intact. We need more than a firm hand and a special, authoritative look; we need wisdom and help. If we open our eyes and hearts, we can hear the moms of the Bible teaching us invaluable lessons about raising our kids.

Rethinking Sacrifice

Through the lens of the cross, Rev. Toby Sanders invites us to reimagine what a healthy notion of sacrifice would mean for our vocations and our communities

A Vision of Success

Johnnie Jones III has made it a life’s mission to help young people see beyond the ‘hood.

Why technology didn’t (and won’t) destroy the church

Technology has become an empowerment tool for both pastors and parishioners. Online versions of the Bible are one factor people point to when citing reasons for increased engagement with the Good Book. But on the other side of the pulpit, technology is now empowering pastors to minister more effectively.

25 Podcast Shorts on Love & Life

Be inspired by 25 biblically based, two-minute devotional podcast shorts that cover tough love, love and sorrow, love and relationships, beloved hymns, unconditional love, peace and love, and loving Jesus.

How Clergy Can Avoid Burnout

Parishioners play an important role in clergy well-being. The clergy who do best have parishioners who remember they are human.

Teacher Wants to Pay it Forward

Raymond Blanks knows Newark gets a bad rap beyond its borders. He also knows “how beautiful” his hometown can be. Returning to teach the children of Newark felt like a personal responsibility.

Cleanin’ Up Christmas

We are meticulous in repainting the Christmas narrative to make it look beautiful to the world, but do we miss out on the significance of humble beginnings when we do this?

The Gospel and Embodied Solidarity

 “Same God,” is a documentary about Larycia Hawkins, the first African American woman to be a tenured professor at Wheaton College in Illinois, who set out to highlight the commonalities among Judaism, Islam, and Christianity and discovered what keeps them apart. 

Ashamed of the Gospel?

Have you ever been ashamed to share the Gospel? Don’t be so quick to answer that question. In this article, Cornell Ngare offers a personal reflection on the difficulties – and opportunities – of evangelism.

COMMENTARY: I had a teacher who looked like me

“It is imperative that my students feel like they matter, and that they are accurately represented in their classrooms. I want them to see someone who looks like them, shares similar experiences and provides authentic anecdotes to overcome the challenges they experience.”

Easter Sunrise and the Risen Inmate

On Easter morning, God rejoices in the praises of His people from the church sanctuaries. But God also listens for the prayers of the prisoner. Will we also remember the prisoners and their families on Resurrection morning?

Isn’t Lent Depressing?

Dr. Monica Coleman explores how someone who lives with depression can actually like such a depressing time of the church year.

It’s Lent, Shhh…Don’t Tell Anyone

It’s time to stop talking about what we are giving up for Lent — or judging those who do — and start pressing into Lent quietly and in expectation of God’s reward.