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Influential Urban Christian Leaders & Pastors Speak Out About Same-Sex Marriage

Influential Urban Christian Leaders & Pastors Speak Out About Same-Sex Marriage

In the wake of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, many of this country’s 173 million Christians including 62+ million evangelicals (Pew Forum) will look to their shepherds to help them interpret what the Court’s decision means for America’s way of life. Thankfully, many brave men and women […]

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How Should Christians Respond to the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling?

How Should Christians Respond to the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Ruling?

On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Constitution mandates that all 50 states allow same-sex couples to be legally married in every state and that every state recognize same-sex marriages from other states. In doing so, what was already the law for 38 states became the law […]

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Every Relationship Needs a Jethro!

Every Relationship Needs a Jethro!

We remember Moses for lots of great reasons—parting the Red Sea, receiving the 10 Commandments, leading God’s people through the wilderness for 40 years—but we don’t often talk about “Moses, the Family Man.” Maybe we should? After all, tucked away in the narrative of Moses is a fantastic relationship tip that we all can learn from. To sum […]

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Lecrae Confesses Past Abortion; Opens Dialogue on Abortion in Urban Communities

Lecrae Confesses Past Abortion; Opens Dialogue on Abortion in Urban Communities

GRAMMY-winning rapper Lecrae continues to push boundaries and open dialogue. Recently Lecrae participated in a 30-minute conversation with preacher/author, John Piper and John Ensor, President of the pregnancy help ministry, PassionLife. During the conversation, Lecrae recounted his personal experience as a young Christian struggling to find his way when his girlfriend at the time became pregnant. […]

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4 Reasons Your Church Should Be Able to Kick Your Pastor Out

4 Reasons Your Church Should Be Able to Kick Your Pastor Out

In the past few days, the national news has been abuzz with the story of Juan Demetrius McFarland, the now former pastor of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama. McFarland reportedly confirmed allegations that he “concealed from the church that he had knowingly engaged in adultery in the church building with female members of Shiloh Missionary Baptist church […]

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Are the Critics Right About “Son of God”?

Are the Critics Right About “Son of God”?

The feature film “Son of God” opens nationwide on Friday, February 28. The film’s producers are husband and wife, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, who brought “The Bible” miniseries to the History channel last Spring. “The Bible” enjoyed tremendous success, consistently rating higher than network TV shows during its hour and going to sell over 1 […]

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Why America Loves “Scandal” (and why that’s a problem)

Why America Loves “Scandal” (and why that’s a problem)

Americans have a new obsession on Thursday nights—it’s ABC’s hit drama, “Scandal.” The show stars Kerry Washington as “Olivia,” a former White House Communications Director who quit at the end of season one to diffuse mounting public perception issues around the scandalous affair she was having with the President of the United States. The President, […]

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5 Important Conversations Election 2012 Forced Us to Have

5 Important Conversations Election 2012 Forced Us to Have

The 2012 Election is over. President Barack Obama won 303 electoral votes (of the required 270) and while we may not have a new President of the United States, Election 2012 has certainly introduced some new conversations to the Christian community. Think back to 2008 and the conversations we were having then. There was great excitement […]

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