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The Maryland Episcopal Diocese Has Pledged a Million Dollars Towards Racial Reconciliation | RELEVANT

The Maryland diocese of the Episcopal Church has become the latest religious institution to pledge racial reparations for slavery and systemic racism. The church voted last weekend overwhelmingly in favor of a million dollar seed fund that would go towards programs that would benefit Black people in Baltimore and across the state. Officials say the... Read more

The City of Louisville Will Pay $12 Million to Breonna Taylor’s Family | RELEVANT

Breonna Taylor’s family will settle its wrongful death lawsuit with the City of Louisville for $12 million, according to the New York Times. The settlement also includes changes to the laws around how Louisville police conduct raids, in an effort to reduce policing deaths. Among the reforms included in the settlement are more thorough inspections... Read more

Practicing Christians Are Actually Becoming Less Motivated to Address Racial Justice | RELEVANT

As the protests against racial injustice have sprung up across the country and around the world, few issues seem to be closer to the forefront of Americans in 2020. The deaths of Black people like Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd and Breonna Taylor fanned the flames of a movement that had been growing for the last... Read more

The Trailer for Season Two of ‘The Mandalorian’ Is Here to Show You the Way | RELEVANT

When we left our pals the Mandalorian and Baby Yod er, “The Child” they had gotten out of dodge in a hurry and were off for more adventures in other parts of a galaxy far, far away. From the look of things, season two picks up right where the first one left us, with our... Read more

Is Your Church Prepared to Help America Face the Looming Eviction Crisis? | RELEVANT

As Harold put away the groceries he received from his churchs food pantry, he found himself treating his cabinets and kitchen appliances with more care, the way people do when they are guests in an acquaintances home. He knew that soon a stranger would occupy his apartment. Unsure of where he and his sons would... Read more

The Electric First Trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial of the Chicago Seven’ Is Here | RELEVANT

Aaron Sorkin not only wrote but directed his take on the true story of the Chicago Seven the men who were arrested while protesting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, setting off one of the strangest trials in American history. Your tolerance for Sorkin probably largely depends on how much you enjoy cartwheeling dialog and... Read more

2020 Watch: Researchers Have Found Signs of ‘Possible’ Life on Venus | RELEVANT

2020 can and will get weirder before it’s all over and, for all we know, the end may come from above. Yes,Nature Astronomyhas published a report from a team of researchers led by Jane Greaves from Cardiff University. They found huge quantities phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus quantities of gas that can not, as... Read more

Stop Giving This Relationship Advice | RELEVANT

Have you ever received or given this sort of marriage advice? Serve her in the kitchen, and youll get some in the bedroom! Make sure you let your husband shop in your store *wink wink* or he will shop somewhere else! Sex is the barometer of your marriage, so make sure youre having lots of... Read more

Black Lives Matter: No, We’re Not Trying to ‘Destroy Christianity’ | RELEVANT

Over the weekend, Black Lives Matter released a statement addressing some comments from Pat Robertson, who claimed the BLM movement is “anti-God.” Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the organization, denounced Robertson’s comments in no uncertain terms. “To insinuate that our movement is trying to destroy Christianity is disgraceful and outright offends our Christian siblings who are... Read more

Why Is Praying So Hard? | RELEVANT

Be honest for a minute: How is your prayer life? That’s what we call it, right? We’re good Christians, and we have this compartmentalized section in our lives that is called our “prayer life.” Because, you know, prayer takes on a life of its own I guess? I say that not as a person who... Read more

Why Your Prayers Aren’t ‘Working’ | RELEVANT

I wish I could say that my prayer life is one defined by consistent authenticity and audacious faith. But if I’m being honest Prayer is one of the places I struggle the most in my walk with God. I struggle with slowing down long enough to pray. I struggle with finding a quiet place and... Read more

6 Ways Christians Can Give Faith a Bad Name | RELEVANT

If modern culture were a prize fight, organized Christianity wouldnt quite be knocked out yet, but it would certainly be on the ropes, waybehind on points coming to the bell. Its no secret that people are leaving the Church in record numbers, and although they may not all be rejecting Jesus, they aresurely saying no... Read more

Wye Oak | RELEVANT

Andy Stack is reading about dog adoption. Not just generally speaking — it’s literally what he answers the phone, trying to sort through new ways to fill his whiling pandemic hours. He’s got an eye on one dog in particular who’s taken a shine to him and he thinks he’s ready to fill out the... Read more

Derwin Gray: Cultivating a Hunger for Righteousness | RELEVANT

I long for sad things to be untrue one day. I hunger for wrongs to be made right. I thirst for the hurt to be healed and the broken to be fixed. I want decay and death to give way to life and human flourishing. Like you, Im longing for Gods justice and shalom (peace)... Read more

A Christian Crowdfunding Site Has Raised Over $300,000 For Alleged Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse | RELEVANT

GiveSendGo.com is a Christian crowdfunding site that helps raise money for things like mission trips and medical emergencies for faith-based crowds. But this week, it’s raising eyebrows for a new cause: bailing out alleged gunmen. As of this writing, GiveSendGo has raised over $300,000 for the legal defense of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with... Read more

4 Humble Things That Arent Actually Humble | RELEVANT

When Ben Franklin turned 20, he wasdetermined to become virtuous. He put togethera list of 12 virtues (frugality, sincerity, justice, etc.),and worked out a system of regularly focusing on one virtue a week while tracking his progress ashe went. He showed his finishedlist of values to a ministerwho pointed out that Franklinwas missing humilitythe queen... Read more

Here’s the First Trailer for ‘Faith Based’ The Christian Movie Satire You Knew Was Coming | RELEVANT

Two lovable losers hatch a plan to make a quick buck off the faithful when they realize that making a successful Christian movie doesn’t require you to be much of a Christian or much of a filmmaker. That’s the setup forFaith Based, starring Luke Barnett, Tanner Thomason, Margaret Cho, David Koechner, Lance Reddick and Jason... Read more

The Rise of Maverick City Music | RELEVANT

One of the country’s most dynamic worship music groups revels in breaking the mold. One of the first records we did, they tried to put it out as a gospel record because I was Black, says Chandler Moore. And we were like, Why is this gospel? Why do you categorize this as gospel? It’s not... Read more

Chad Veach Wants You to Be a People Person | RELEVANT

Are you a people person? Your answer to that question probably depends on a host of life experiences, feedback youve received from others and your own general self perception. Maybe youd identify as a people person, but not necessarily for all people. Maybe youd say youre not a people person at all, since you prefer... Read more

Remembering Chadwick Boseman | RELEVANT

Chadwick Boseman spent a lot of his career being better than his projects. From a soap opera with producers that chose to fire him instead of dealing with his candor to a Thurgood Marshall biopic that spent much more time focused on Marshalls white friend Sam Friedman (Josh Gad) than on the iconic Supreme Court... Read more

Under God: The Rise of Christian Nationalism | RELEVANT

In July of 2019, lawmakers in South Dakota passed a new law requiring all public schools to display the national motto, In God We Trust, in a prominent location, with a font no smaller than twelve by twelve inches. Some students expressed discomfort with their new decoration. We are a cultural melting pot, and it... Read more

Anxious Much? | RELEVANT

Brian Johnson remembers when the panic attack hit. On the outside, the Bethel Music and WorshipU cofounder, author of the book When God Becomes Real, husband and father seemed to have it all together. But two years ago, something happened inside of him. Suddenly, in a rush of anxiety and panic, he lost control. Can’t... Read more

The Avett Brothers Are Figuring Out Their True Selves | RELEVANT

The Avett Brothers feel like a touring band. Its hard to explain why but its probably not something that needs much explanation if youre at all familiar with their music. And seeing as these guys have been making music since 2000, youre probably familiar with them. Scott and Seth Avett along with bandmates Bob Crawford... Read more

Jordan Lee Dooley: Self(less) Help | RELEVANT

At this point, youve probably over self help. While a lot of the practices sound great on paper, they often just end up adding to your to-do list with nebulously beneficial results. Theres nothing wrong with doing things to protect your health. But at some point, you have to start asking why were doing all... Read more

Welcome to the New Era of RELEVANT | RELEVANT

Well, the first part of it. Over the last year, a lot has changed for RELEVANT. A lot has changed for media in general, but us in particular. As many of you know, about nine months ago we made the hard decision to put our print magazine (which wed published bi-monthly since 2003) on hiatus.... Read more

Report: A Third of American Evangelicals Don’t Believe Jesus Was God | RELEVANT

A new study from Ligonier Ministries conducted by LifeWay Research found that a little over half of all Americans say that Jesus was a good teacher but don’t believe that he’s God. That’s not terribly surprising and more or less holds with the general downward trend of Christian belief in the U.S. over the last... Read more

It Matters *How* You Tell the Truth | RELEVANT

The phrase your truth or my truth is popular right now. However, the essence of those phrases seems quite timeless. When I was in college in the 70s, I had hair that resembled the shape of a motorcycle helmet and too many outfits that included fringe. That era was about finding truth and being real,... Read more

Half of All American Christians Say Casual Sex Between Consenting Adults Is at Least Sometimes OK | RELEVANT

Another day, another study revealing just how quickly the old norms of the American Church are shifting. The latest evidence comes from Pew Research, which found that whole Christians are generally more conservative when it comes to sex than the culture at large, they’re still a little more permissive than you might think. For example,... Read more

‘The Mandalorian’ Season Two Will Return Just in Time for Halloween | RELEVANT

For those wondering what’s next for The Mandalorian and his little buddy Baby Yoda or, “The Child,” asStar Warsinsists on calling him wonder no more. Disney announced that season two ofThe Mandalorianwill debut on October 30, and will likely follow the same weekly release schedule that the first season did. The Mandalorianwas Disney+’s first real... Read more