Steve Harvey was once homeless, living out of his car and showering in gas stations, the comedian revealed during his commencement speech at Alabama State University earlier this month.
The 59-year-old TV host told students: "I've lost it all twice and had to start over. I had to struggle through two marriages before finding this one [Marjorie Harvey whom he married in 2007]. … I didn't have nothing," an emotional Harvey told graduates earlier this month, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.
"In every single moment of adversity in your life, two things are going to happen: There's going to be a lesson and there's going to be a blessing. If you let the adversity crumble you, you will lay there and wallow in the failure, but life is 10 percent what happened and 90 percent what you're going to do about it." more >>
Roman Catholic nuns are warning that the security of "first-world entitlements" is getting in the way of the women's commitment to fight poverty and environmental destruction.
U.S. St. Joseph Sr. Carol Zinn addressed 900 women representing nearly 500,000 sisters globally at the International Union of Superiors General gathering, cautioning them against accepting the "entitlement creep" of the first-world, the Global Sisters Report said.
Zinn noted that some of the major benefits of living in the first-world include opportunities for higher education and job and housing security, but warned that they "can create a numbness of consciences and a blindness of heart through which we can easily see not the pain, but see what we want to see." more >>
As cycles of unemployment, poverty and death have set in on many working class communities across America, are churches overlooking their responsibilities to help alleviate the pain and suffering of plighted working class families?
Although manufacturing jobs once provided the economic stability needed to make life worthwhile in many small, rural and working class towns located far outside the reach of cities and suburbs, the American industrial job market's decline over the last few decades has left many of these communities to face serious problems with unemployment, drug abuse, and alcoholism that foster a cycle of poor decisions that undermine potential economic mobility.
Dr. Kevin Shrum, who pastors at Inglewood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and is also a professor of religious studies at Union University, Henderson, told The Christian Post that there is a "challenge" when it comes to churches "abandoning" the actual residents that make up their neighborhoods today. more >>
When it comes to generosity, there are two types of crazy: those who give first, and those who consume first, Pastor Kenton Behsore of Mariners Church said in a recent sermon.
In his latest installment of the "Things I Wish Jesus Never Said" series, Beshore addressed the topic of generosity, saying that our idea of giving differs far greatly from what the Bible says about giving.
Beshore cites Acts 20:35, which reads: "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" more >>
New research shows that most pastors who serve small evangelical churches face financial hardships and many are reluctant to open up about their struggles.
The National Association of Evangelicals released a survey on Tuesday, conducted by Grey Matter Research last July, which interviewed 4,249 pastors and found that most face severe financial troubles as they struggle with expenses and debt and don't earn enough to secure long-term financial stability.
"The vast majority of pastors do not have their own radio or TV show, robust church staff, or megachurch attendance," NAE President Leith Anderson said in a statement. "Rather, they faithfully serve in small churches and face financial challenges stemming from student debt, low salaries and medical expenses. And sadly, they often feel they have no one to turn to for help." more >>
A London-based human rights charity will open a free primary school in a poverty-stricken area of Pakistan that aims to give Christian children an education, an alternative to working as bonded laborers and a chance to break free from their family's cycle of poverty.
The British Pakistani Christian Association announced earlier this week that it has purchased land in the town of Kasur, just outside the city of Lahore, and will build the free school to be named after 12-year-old childhood martyr Tim Iqbal Masih, who was shot and killed in 1995 after helping to free thousands of children from bonded labor.
BPCA has provided extensive human aid to Christians and others in Kasur after several Christian families' mud homes were badly damaged by severe flooding last year. But as BPCA provided things like free medical examinations and treatments, the organization noticed a pressing need for a free educational outlet for the children. more >>