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Is Consumerism Consuming Us? | RELEVANT

If youre like me, you dont consider yourself a consumer glutton. You dont own the road with your pimped-out Excursion. You dont own the neighborhood with your seven-bedroom uber-mansion. Nope, youre just a little piece of the American pie. You take in a few dinners and movies with your friends, you drive whatever you can... Read more

Bianca Juarez Olthoff on the Power of Prayers of Lovingkindness | RELEVANT

Ill pray for you, I said to Nicole on the way out of church. Its a phrase I say often. I usually pray right in the moment, so I can be sure to honor my word and remember a persons need. As I pulled Nicole close to me, I asked God that her stress would... Read more

Decorating Your Apartment for Christmas on a Budget | RELEVANT

The leftovers are long gone and Thanksgiving is officially wrapped, which means its the most wonderful time of the year.Of course, you’ll want to decorate your apartment, but your bank account can barely accommodate one Christmas sock. No problem. Here are a few ways you can decorate your apartment for the holidays without spending a... Read more

Making the Most of the Meantime | RELEVANT

If there is one thing people in our generation hate to do, it is to wait. And why should we? We are an impatient generation that can Google questions rather than work for an answer. We can order shoes online rather than suffering the long weekend lines at the retail store. We can even book... Read more

You’ve Heard About Mental Health Let’s Talk About Brain Health | RELEVANT

You’ve heard about your brain so often you’ve lived with it all your life that it can be easy to grow a little numb to what it actually is. We sort of understand what it does (thinking, feeling, making decisions, zoning out, etc) but what itisis an organ. A big pink organ sitting in your... Read more

How to Find Thankfulnessin 2020 | RELEVANT

I was really hoping to feel more thankful post-election. I was optimistic that we would be further along in understanding this virus, that our country would experience a smooth electoral transition no matter who won and that we would recognize a clear path to healing as a society. Thanksgiving, a time that has brought families... Read more

Gift Ideas for Every Enneagram Type | RELEVANT

More than anything else, what would you like to unwrap this year? What do you definitelynotwant? What gift ideas are winners for each Enneagram type youll buy for this season? Each Enneagram type has gifts they would love to give and gifts they love to receive. So what would you like to receive? What gifts... Read more

The Best Thanksgiving TV Episodes to Watch With the Fam | RELEVANT

The greatest thing about TV is that it makes us feel something. And it makes us feel even more during the holidays, with its influx of cheerful holiday-themed episodes that we can watch with our families.Here are our top picks for the best Thanksgiving episodes to enjoy with your family today. “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”... Read more

Jason Bateman, Timothe Chalamet and Kristen Wiig Will Close Out the Year in ‘SNL’ | RELEVANT

It’s been a pretty wild year forSaturday Night Live, with the weirdly winsome homemade quarantine episodes, an unprecedented eight-show streak leading up to the election and the, let’s say, mixed reviews on Jim Carrey and Alec Baldwin’s face off as Biden and Trump. There have been bright moments, like Dave Chapelle’s riveting post-election monologue and... Read more

Honestie Hodges, Whose Handcuffing Sparked a National Outrage, Has Died of COVID at 14 Years Old | RELEVANT

In 2017, 11-year-old Honestie Hodges was handcuffed by Grand Rapids, Michigan police who were looking for a 40-year-old woman, in a case that national headlines and led to the implementation of Honestie Policy,” which urges the least restrictive means possible for police dealings with children. On November 22 of this year, Honestie Hodges passed away... Read more

Thankfulness Is a Spiritual Discipline | RELEVANT

Thursday is Thanksgiving here in America. And while this is a day specifically dedicated toward thankfulness and gratitude, we must not forget giving thanks ought to be a way of life for the people of God. I point this out because its possible we struggle to live the kind of life defined by gratitude. Perhaps... Read more

Introverts: Quarantine is Not an Excuse for Isolation | RELEVANT

If not for the sign that advertised Free coffee for an Overly-caffeinated Introvert, I would have spent a Saturday sitting on my patio and binge-watching videos on the internet for the fifth week in a row. Normally, this disturbs my extroverted friends. But since various levels of lockdowns have made this year anything but normal,... Read more

More Americans Are Going Hungry Now Than at Any Other Point in the Pandemic | RELEVANT

A new data analysis survey from the Washington Post found that around 26 million Americans currently say they don’t have enough to eat. While food insecurity has long loomed large in the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the blight of hunger in the country to new levels. With government relief aid drying up and... Read more

Ron Howard on Why He’s ‘Interested in the Way People Work Together to Achieve Something’ | RELEVANT

Few Americans have been part of the entertainment conversation longer than Ron Howard. He was a welcome guest in home across the U.S. in his Andy Griffith Showdays and, of course, asHappy Days‘ Richie Cunningham. Today, he’s become maybe even more famous on the other side of the camera as an Oscar-winning filmmaker behind movies... Read more

Thanksgiving Is No Time to Obsess About Healthy Eating | RELEVANT

As you’re planning your (safe, socially distanced) Thanksgiving feast this year, you might feel the temptation towards moderation. After all, it’s been a long quarantine season. You may have gained a little weight from all that late night boredom snacking. Maybe you should cut back a little for Thanksgiving, right? Not so fast. Lets just... Read more

The Prosecutor Who Put Brandon Bernard on Death Row Her Changed His Mind. Is It Too Late? | RELEVANT

Prior to this year, no federal executions had taken place in the U.S. since 2003. But then in July, Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump resumed the practice and have authorized the death penalty eight times. Number nine is Lisa Montgomery, scheduled to die for her murder of a pregnant woman in 2004.... Read more

Generosity Is the Mark of True Gratitude | RELEVANT

It’s easy to be selfish about Thanksgiving. You see it a lot, this year especially. People don’twantto socially distance. Theywantto get together, eat a big meal and watch football. That’s perfectly understandable. It has, emphatically, been a long year. Getting together to laze the days away with loved ones almost sounds worth taking a chance... Read more

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Socially Distanced Concert Film Will Go to Disney Plus | RELEVANT

While Taylor Swift likes to talk about how normal and boring her life is, she’s unusual in at least one respect: The woman does not sleep. Fresh on the heel of her record-breaking album of quiet quarantine anthems Folklorecomes another project. Disney Plus will host the album’s concert film or, at least, what counts for... Read more

Beyonc Is Now the Second-Most Nominated Artist in Grammy History | RELEVANT

The Grammy nominations landed on Tuesday and along with them, another chance to argue about the Grammys. What purpose do they serve? Have they ever gotten anything right? How did Noah Cyrus, an artist who’s been releasing singles since 2016, snag a “Best New Artist” nomination? But things seems fairly appropriate. Beyonc snagged nine nominations,... Read more

Inside TikTok’s Wild COVID-19 Vaccine as Christian Persecution Meme | RELEVANT

TikTok memes run the gamut from bizarre to hilarious to even genuinely thoughtful or daringly creative. But like any social media platform, great power comes with great responsibility and not every user is quite up to the task. Take user @itstaylorrouseau, a TikTok user with almost 560,000 followers. Most of her TikToks are the usual... Read more

Justice For the Rest of Us | RELEVANT

Lets face it, there will never be a way to simply add justice to your lifeno seven easy steps to a life of love and justice, no simple measure that lets you feel good about making a difference in your spare time. A biblical life of love and justice requires a deep intentionality that can... Read more

Gen Z Is Most Likely to Say Faith Has Been ‘Important’ During the Pandemic | RELEVANT

Becket is a law firm that has only recently started issuing a Religious Freedom Index report, which analyzes how Americans are feeling about religious liberties. The report has a few interesting findings about how Americans’ spiritual beliefs have been impacted by pandemic season, including this little chestnut: no age group has relied on faith more... Read more

How to Put Thankfulness Into Practice | RELEVANT

Committing to a lifestyle of thanksgiving and joy is a beautiful and transformative process that can truly change our outlooks, emotions, perspectives and lives. As Henri Nouwen said, Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep on choosing it every day. Here are a few ways to choose joy... Read more

NBA Players Met With Pope Francis to Discuss Social Justice Issues | RELEVANT

Kyle Korver, Sterling Brown, Anthony Tolliver, Marco Belinelli and Jonathan Isaac accepted an invitation from the Vatican to meet with the Pope and talk about the year in justice. Article/Post Source

The Christian Medical and Dental Association Is Begging Churches to Stop Holding In-Person Services | RELEVANT

The Christian Medical and Dental Association is an enormous and influential group of over 20,000 Christian healthcare professionals in the U.S. who have been urging all Americans, but especially Christians, to love their neighbor and slow the spread of COVID-19 by abiding by social distancing guidelines. The group released a series of guidelines to help... Read more

5 Money Mistakes to Avoid During the Holiday Season | RELEVANT

Let me guess, your to holiday to-do list is 427 feet long already. The quarantine calendar bleeds red seasonal markups with Zoom office parties, Zoom family gatherings, Zoom church obligations and maybe even Zoom school programs. There are celebrations to be had, gifts to be wrapped, traditions to be honored and of course food. The... Read more

Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Nominee Tony Blinken Once Went on ‘Sesame Street’ to Talk Refugees | RELEVANT

President-elect Joe Biden is moving ahead with cabinet picks and just sort of ignoring President Donald Trump’s flailing legal effort to overturn the election results. The New York Times reports that among Biden’s expected moves is the nomination of Tony Blinken to Secretary of State. Blinken is a well-known advocate for global alliances and worked... Read more

Propaganda on Why He’s Not Ready for Justice Activists to Go Back to Brunch Yet | RELEVANT

Although President Donald Trump’s various attempts at a legal challenge to the vote continue unabated, there is just no reason to doubt that Joe Biden handily won the election and will be sworn in as president in January. This raises all sorts of emotions and, in some cases, lack thereof among the American populace. Some,... Read more

Movies You Can Watch With Your Parents That Are Actually Good | RELEVANT

OK, presumably, not many of us are headed home for the holidays. Unless you’re already living with your parents (which, all things considered, is neither unlikely nor anything to be embarrassed about) you’re probably, hopefully keeping Thanksgiving a small, socially distanced affair this year as we all do our best to flatten that nerve-wracking curve... Read more

Well, Sean Feucht Is Now Selling ‘Jesus Christ: Super-Spreader’ T-Shirts, Apparently | RELEVANT

We’ve covered Sean Feucht’s current Let Us Worship campaign, in which the one-time Bethel Music worship leader is traveling coast-to-coast protesting state-mandated social distancing guidelines with an outdoor concert series. His protest/worship concert hybrids have understandably stirred up a lot of strong reactions. Some from people who resonate with Feucht’s notion that current guidelines issued... Read more