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'Just Mercy' Is Now Free to Rent on Digital Platforms | RELEVANT Magazine

‘Just Mercy’ Is Now Free to Rent on Digital Platforms | RELEVANT Magazine

Just Mercy,the excellent 2019 drama about the story of modern day death penalty abolitionist Bryan Stevenson, will be free to rent through the month of June. The movie’s official Twitter account announced the decision on Tuesday morning, saying the movie’s message of black equality, police brutality and corruption in the justice system makes it... Read more

Priest Who Was Tear Gassed Ahead of Trump's Bible Photo-Op: 'I Am Now a Force to Be Reckoned With' | RELEVANT Magazine

Priest Who Was Tear Gassed Ahead of Trump’s Bible Photo-Op: ‘I Am Now a Force to Be Reckoned With’ | RELEVANT Magazine

On Monday, hundreds of peaceful protestors were tear gassed by armored police to clear out St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. The reason for this show of force was to present President Donald Trump with a quiet spot to get his picture taken next to the church sign, holding a Bible. Trump appears... Read more

Resources to Help You Become a Better Anti-Racist | RELEVANT Magazine

Resources to Help You Become a Better Anti-Racist | RELEVANT Magazine

“What can wedo?”That’s the question. We want change to be forged in the fires of the protests that have sprung up across the country and all over the world in the wake of George Floyd, who is no longer even the most recent unarmed black man to be unjustly killed by police. But many... Read more

How the Church Can Keep Fighting for Black Lives Once the Headlines Move On | RELEVANT Magazine

How the Church Can Keep Fighting for Black Lives Once the Headlines Move On | RELEVANT Magazine

With the emotions of sadness, anger and hopelessness that is affecting our nation right now; there is also restlessness, a feeling of not doing enough. A lot of people feel powerless as to how to fight for justice for George Floyd and the egregiously long list of black victims of violence to white authorities.... Read more

What Scripture Means by "the Just Shall Live by Faith"

What Scripture Means by “the Just Shall Live by Faith”

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17, KJVThis is the crux of the Gospel: The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17, KJV). This verse, when understood, can give us such peace and assurance in knowing our salvation doesnt... Read more

Police and Protesters Hug, Shake Hands after Officers Take a Knee in a Show of Solidarity

Police and Protesters Hug, Shake Hands after Officers Take a Knee in a Show of Solidarity

Police and Protesters Hug, Shake Hands after Officers Take a Knee in a Show of Solidarity All 60-plus police officers in Fayetteville, N.C., took a knee Monday to show solidarity with protesters in what has become a law enforcement trend in recent days.Police officers in big cities like Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, New York... Read more

How to Talk about Privilege with Your Family

How to Talk about Privilege with Your Family

Privilege can be hard to define, understand and talk about, but we owe it to our families to talk through how our privileges have benefited us, and to answer Gods call into thoughtful, humble reflections about the best and worst of our family origins.The first time I had a conversation about privilege with my children,... Read more

Dont Sit on the Sidelines of Life When God Has Called You to Change the World: An Interview with Banning Liebscher - Bible Gateway Blog

Dont Sit on the Sidelines of Life When God Has Called You to Change the World: An Interview with Banning Liebscher – Bible Gateway Blog

Do you live a life of passionate purpose and unshakable faith? Or are you settled into a comfort zone of complacency? What Old Testament story might teach applicable lessons of what God wants us all to be? How can we best incorporate the attributes of holiness, courage, and faith into our everyday lives? Bible Gateway... Read more

35 Black Liberty University Alumni Call for Jerry Falwell, Jr.'s Resignation

35 Black Liberty University Alumni Call for Jerry Falwell, Jr.’s Resignation

35 Black Liberty University Alumni Call for Jerry Falwell, Jr.'s Resignation Thirty-five Black alumni of Liberty University are calling on university President Jerry Falwell Jr. to step down from his role after he tweeted a photo of a person in blackface.According to Christianity Today, Falwell tweeted that he was adamantly opposed to an... Read more

President Trump Expresses Support of Internationally Persecuted Christians on 'Global Coptic Day'

President Trump Expresses Support of Internationally Persecuted Christians on ‘Global Coptic Day’

President Trump Expresses Support of Internationally Persecuted Christians on 'Global Coptic Day' Monday marked the second annual Global Coptic Day in which President Trump expressed support for the persecuted Coptic Church in Egypt.According to the Christian Post, President Trump addressed the event in a special message.This year, as we celebrate the second annual... Read more

U.S. Senate Chaplain Asks God to 'Inoculate Our Nation against Hate, Sin and Despair'

U.S. Senate Chaplain Asks God to ‘Inoculate Our Nation against Hate, Sin and Despair’

U.S. Senate Chaplain Asks God to 'Inoculate Our Nation against Hate, Sin and Despair' The U.S. Senate chaplain asked God to inoculate our nation against hate, sin and despair in a prayer Monday that referenced the death of George Floyd, the ongoing protests and the coronavirus pandemic. Barry C. Black, who has served as... Read more

The Return of the One Percent

The Return of the One Percent

A couple years ago, conversations, headlines, and memes focused on the one percent: the elites who held the majority of the worlds wealth, power, and property. These were the individuals and families who controlled business, media, education, religion and politics, and seemingly held immunity from persecution for any crimes or scandals. In 2020, a new... Read more

Lecrae: America Needs Christians to 'Put Aside Their Fears and Doubts' amid Divisions

Lecrae: America Needs Christians to ‘Put Aside Their Fears and Doubts’ amid Divisions

Lecrae: America Needs Christians to 'Put Aside Their Fears and Doubts' amid Divisions Hip hop recording artist Lecrae is urging Christians to be the hands and feet of Jesus to help heal Americas divisions.My heart breaks but Im not hopeless, Lecrae wrote on his Instagram account Sunday. I anticipate God raising up more... Read more

'My Family Is God-Fearing': George Floyd's Brother Calls for an End of Violent Riots, Looting

‘My Family Is God-Fearing’: George Floyd’s Brother Calls for an End of Violent Riots, Looting

'My Family Is God-Fearing': George Floyd's Brother Calls for an End of Violent Riots, Looting The brother of George Floyd addressed the riots in an impassioned speech at a prayer vigil for his brother in Minneapolis on Monday.Faithwire reports that Terrence Floyd urged for the termination of the riots at the site where... Read more

Trump Admin. Threatens States with Loss of Funding over Transgender Athletes

Trump Admin. Threatens States with Loss of Funding over Transgender Athletes

Trump Admin. Threatens States with Loss of Funding over Transgender Athletes High schools throughout Connecticut could lose federal funding if they allow biological boys who identify as girls to compete in girls-only sports, according to a new Department of Education letter that labels such athletic competitions a violation of Title IX.The May 15... Read more

Franklin Graham Urges the Church to Pray amid Violent Protests following the Death of George Floyd

Franklin Graham Urges the Church to Pray amid Violent Protests following the Death of George Floyd

Franklin Graham Urges the Church to Pray amid Violent Protests following the Death of George Floyd As violent protests ensue over the death of George Floyd, Evangelist Franklin Graham is calling for the church to pray.Graham, who serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association  (BGEA) and heads up humanitarian... Read more

4 Prayers for Unity in All Circumstances

4 Prayers for Unity in All Circumstances

Often in times of greatest need, we may find ourselves giving way to the stress and strain by battling one another; forgetting who the real enemy is. Harsh words spoken, friendships broken; we choose sides and draw lines. Feelings get hurt. Betrayal runs deep. It gets harder to forgive and keep moving forward. And sometimes... Read more

A Prayer for a Heart That Needs to Lament

A Prayer for a Heart That Needs to Lament

Over the past several days, weeks, and months, human hearts have cried out in hurt, frustration, anger, and despair. Feelings of isolation, depression, mistrust, fear, and confusion have overwhelmed the world. As pandemic and violence swept across the earth, we sometimes wonder how, or even if, God will respond. A sense of helplessness pervades. In... Read more

What are things we can enjoy on our Sabbath that well also get to do in Heaven? | Pastor Mark Driscoll

What are things we can enjoy on our Sabbath that well also get to do in Heaven? | Pastor Mark Driscoll

Different people are energized by and feel rest from different activities. Many of those we will most likely be able to enjoy in Heaven. Have a question youd like answered in a potential future Ask Pastor Mark video? Send an email [email protected] To watch the entire “Good News” series, click HERE. Article/Post Source

The Gap Year Program That Leaves No Gap - Tim Challies

The Gap Year Program That Leaves No Gap – Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored byBoyce College, but I want to begin it with a personal note. When my children began to consider their options for college, Aileen and I wanted them to know we would support them in whatever program and whatever college they chose. But we also insisted that before they began... Read more

Bishop urges UK government to show solidarity with people of Hong Kong

Bishop urges UK government to show solidarity with people of Hong Kong

(Photo: Reuters)A senior Catholic official is calling on the UK Government to stand in solidarity with the people of Hong Kong amid concerns over Beijing's proposed national security law.Bishop Declan Lang, who chairs the Catholic Bishops' Conference Department of International Affairs, made the call in a letter to the Foreign Secretary in which he said... Read more

A La Carte (June 2) - Tim Challies

A La Carte (June 2) – Tim Challies

There are some solid Kindle deals for newer books as well as classics. You may also want to take a look at Amazon’s general market monthly deals. Logos has a commentary that is free for the taking, and a few others that are substantially discounted. (Yesterday on the blog: COVID-19 and the Future of the... Read more

Christians being overlooked in corona food aid distribution

Christians being overlooked in corona food aid distribution

PixabayAs the world goes through food security and financial crises due to the coronavirus pandemic, disadvantaged Christian communities in Asia, especially in Vietnam and Pakistan, are being hit the hardest as government and aid agencies discriminate against them due to their faith, according to reports.In the communist country of Vietnam in Southeast Asia, the government... Read more

Christian Association of Nigeria calls for release of kidnapped bishop

Christian Association of Nigeria calls for release of kidnapped bishop

Nigerian military secure an area where a man was killed by suspected militants near Maiduguri, Nigeria, February 16, 2019.(Photo: Reuters/Afolabi Sotunde)The Christian Association of Nigeria is calling on the country's government to secure the release of its chairman of the Nasarawa State unit, Bishop Joseph Masin, who was kidnapped from his house by gunmen last... Read more

How Does the Sabbath Prepare Us for Heaven? | Pastor Mark Driscoll

How Does the Sabbath Prepare Us for Heaven? | Pastor Mark Driscoll

02 Jun How Does the Sabbath Prepare Us for Heaven? Posted at 03:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll Hebrews 4:4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: And God rested on the seventh day from all his works. A few years ago, when our family was gearing up to... Read more

Police officers kneel to pray with George Floyd protesters

New York City police officers join Pastor Garelle K. Solomon (Purple Scarf) and The Excelling Church in protest on May 31, 2020.(Photo: Dr. Te Bassett)Police officers have been seen kneeling and praying alongside crowds protesting the death of George Floyd last week. While riots and looting have dominated the headlines, many of the protests have been... Read more

Trump’s visit to church vandalised in George Floyd protests splits opinion

Donald Trump outside St John's Episcopal Church near the White House(Photo: C-Span)Donald Trump has been accused of using a visit to a church vandalised in George Floyd protests as a photo op for "partisan political purposes", but some Christians have defended him. St John's Episcopal Church, near the White House in Washington DC, was graffitied during protests against... Read more

More honesty would go a long way to restoring trust in our leaders

(Photo: Unsplash/Jurica Koleti)Like most people, I was fascinated by the frenzied discussions surrounding Dominic's 'Cummings and goings' and I have come to the conclusion that the whole sorry saga has highlighted the vital importance of trust in civic life.I will continue to respect those who govern us both locally and nationally, even when I disagree... Read more

COVID-19, unplanned pregnancies, and how the Church can respond

USA (MNN) — With everybody at home during COVID-19 lockdowns, you may have heard jokes about an upcoming baby boom in eight to ten months. But dont count on it. New studiesshow over one-third of couples who were planning on conceiving have now paused their plans. Their concerns are mostly related to economic stability and... Read more

Don’t rush for the exit!

J John Tue 2 Jun 2020 9:09 BST (Photo: Unsplash/United Nations)You've been stuck for hours on some crowded plane but, at long last, you reach your destination. As motion stops, everybody around you gets to their feet, grabs their luggage and pushes out into the aisle. You pick up your things and, as politely as... Read more

Protests erupt in major U.S. cities in the wake of George Floyd’s death – Mission Network News

United States (MNN) The death of George Floyd in the custody of Minnesota police has boiled over into protests across the country, followed by riots. Christians in the United States often pray for those in other countries who face daily discrimination. But many African Americans regularly face discrimination as well, and anger from this discrimination... Read more

What Faith Looks Like A Choice to Trust | Devotional by Kathy Cheek

‘Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.’ Proverbs 3:5&6 In this journey of faith I walk with the Lord, what does walking by faith look like? Sometimes, it looks like a thousand questions to which there... Read more

As restrictions increase in Burma, poor workers grow desperate for food – Mission Network News

Myanmar (CAM) — Burma (Myanmar) has one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 disease in the world, but its cases are said to be vastly underreported, and the countrys poor are especially hard-hit by outbreaks and containment measures. Since the nearly 88-percent Buddhist country acknowledged its first case of COVID-19 on March 23, national and... Read more

Pearls of Grace – June 2

June 2 The LORD isnearto all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18 LORD, I draw near with a heart assured of Your love and faithfulness to hear.I empty all my cares down at Your feet because they are too heavy for me to carry.You are my burden... Read more

Transformation Garden – June 2, 2020

Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:My Father has not left Me alone.John 8: 29Amplified BibleMorning stretched ahead.I longed for someone to talk to,to dispel loneliness.I called my friend.We talked of old times, our children,grandchildren.Loneliness fled.Am I interrupting? I asked.You should receive a special blessing,my friend replied.Before I started work I asked Godto bless my interruptions.God... Read more

Dumpster Diving: Salvaging Relationships Wed Rather Throw Away – Encouragement for Today – June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020Dumpster Diving: Salvaging Relationships Wed Rather Throw AwayMIRANDA JO DAVIS, COMPEL Training MemberLee en espaolThe Spirit and the bride say, Come! And let the one who hears say, Come! Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:17... Read more

Making the Honor Roll of Faith – Encouragement Café – June 2

Making the Honor Roll of Faith By Noelle DeyIt was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Josephs sons and bowed  in worship as he leaned on his staff. Hebrews 11:21 NLTMy daughter came home with something I had never seen before.An honor roll certificate.Maybe she didnt realize she was... Read more

Gods Forgiveness Never Runs Out – Girlfriends in God – June 2, 2020

June 2, 2020Gods Forgiveness Never Runs OutMary SoutherlandTodays TruthColossians 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.Friend to FriendI promised myself that I would never buy a house that could be described as a fixer-upper. I dont like fixing things. I want... Read more

When I Jump to Conclusions – Daughters of Promise – June 2

WHEN I JUMP TO CONCLUSIONSWe wanted to come to you I, Paul, more than once and yet Satan thwarted us. I Thess. 2:18What I think are Gods plans for me and Gods actual plan are often far apart. If I automatically assume that all my goals are His goals, just because they appear to be... Read more

Ravi Zacharias – You Helped This Believer to Think – TGC Africa

Ravi Zacharias is no longer with us. But his legacy has impacted, and will continue to impact, the faith of many. This is how Ravi influenced my own journey; from a bereaved and bewildered teen to an active Apologist in Africa. Questions and More Questions In 2012, while studying Christian Apologetics at seminary, Ravi Zacharias... Read more

For Better or Worse: The Surprise Blessing of a Simple Wedding

Only in the past century have extravagant weddings become standard fare for people who arent members of the royalty. But thanks to the pandemic, short engagements and small budgets and simple ceremoniesby far the norm for most of human historymay be making a comeback, at least temporarily. When I married decades ago, my fianc and... Read more

Standing On Level Ground – Beloved Women – June 2, 2020

Standing On Level Ground Beloved Women June 2, 2020READ: My foot stands on level ground; in the great assembly I will bless the Lord. (Psalms 26:12 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Have you heard the saying the ground is level at the foot of the cross? Those words might bring clarity or confusion to us. Jesus was crucified at Golgotha;... Read more

The Danger of a Prophetic Complex

You are undoubtedly familiar with the so-called messianic complexthe skewed attitude of a person who seems to have (or tries to be!) the solution to everyone elses problemsbut have you considered the dangers of a prophetic one? There’s a warning embedded in the final, perplexing chapter of Elijahs ministry (1 Kings 19). One moment Elijah... Read more

Hope Deferred – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of June 2

Hope deferredWho hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently.Romans 8:25Hope deferred makes the heart sickProverbs 13:12A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear... Read more

On Protesting: A Theological Reflection for the Privileged (like me)

Jesus didnt come to maintain the peace of the state. That version of peace (known as the Pax Romana) was designed to sustain the status quo so those in power could remain in power. So the comfortable could remain comfortable. So the oppressed would remain oppressed. So justice could be dispensed or withheld at the... Read more

Christian Leaders Are Marching, Speaking Up and Protesting Racial Violence | RELEVANT Magazine

Over the weekend, people across the country and all over the world protested the unjust killing of George Floyd, who was the latest black person to be killed by the state for no reason. The unrest has set off many important conversations and actions, as well as plenty of anxiety, unrest and outrage as... Read more

Black Lives Depend on the Church Learning What It Really Means to Love Them | RELEVANT Magazine

I am a Christian African-American man trying to live out Gods will and ways in my life. My deepest desire and it is the thing in which I hope most is to see Gods people reflect the love of God in daily life. A love that manifests and points to the sacrificial, reconciling, and... Read more

Beauty for Weary Souls

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.John Muir The beauty of this spinning planet invites and beckons. Entering a thoughtfully decorated room,... Read more