A black pastor who dared to be different by challenging racially stereotypical church models to become a leader in a white church in Louisville, Kentucky, explained at The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention's leadership summit Friday that he did it in pursuit of the unity of the faith.
Kevin Smith, assistant professor of preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and who is also teaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church in Louisville, explained at the summit themed, "The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation," that becoming a pastor in the predominantly white church was something he had to challenge himself to achieve and maintain because of the cultural differences between the white church culture he transitioned into and the black church culture in which he was raised.
"Blackness can be weighted and graded in a way that whiteness just isn't. You got the look, you got the look," he said of being white at the summit held in Nashville, Tennessee. "A matter of fact, it's so superficial at the look level that throughout American history, some people from other ethnicities have been able to pass. So it's not really about content it's just about the look." more >>
Season 4 of the hit supernatural drama TV series "Grimm" continues this week with episode titled "Double Date" and spoiler reports indicate that the show's protagonist, Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), is in for some trouble.
A synopsis posted on The Futon Critic points out that Nick and Hank are called to investigate an incident involving a "one night stand that turned deadly," where a man finds himself got caught "in the middle of a bizarre love triangle."
On the other hand, Captain Renard (Sasha Roiz) is hoping that the couple Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) can help him deal with the "recurring episodes of phantom bleeding." more >>
NBA.com posted an official press release this Wednesday, saying that the NBA Global Games China 2015 will be featuring two preseason games between the Charlotte Hornets and Los Angeles Clippers in China.
The first Far East hard court clash will take place on Oct. 11 at the Shenzhen Universiade Center, the site announced. The game will continue on Oct. 14 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.
As it was further detailed during the press conference which took place in Shenzen this week, the Global Games China 2015 edition will also feature a "variety of off-court activities including NBA Cares community programs." more >>
One of New Jersey's fastest growing Christian churches will be hosting the state's largest Easter egg hunt ever by hiding more than 100,000 eggs in its campuses in four counties for children and families on Easter Weekend.
Liquid Church, which has four congregations in Morristown, Mountainside, New Brunswick and Nutley, has 14 different Jersey Egg Hunt experiences planned in those locations for April 4 and 5, the church says in a statement.
"At Liquid, one of our core values is that Church can be FUN. We hope families joining us for the Jersey Egg Hunt will have a chance to experience church in a refreshing way," said Tim Lucas, founding and lead pastor. more >>
Actress Chloe Sevigny is returning to FX's "American Horror Story" for season five's "Hotel," this time as part of the regular cast.
"American Horror Story" executive producer, Ryan Murphy announced on Twitter he is bringing back "Bloodline" actress Chloe Sevigny as a series regular for season five of the FX horror television show titled "Hotel."
Actress, model and fashion designer Sevigny who received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her critically acclaimed performance in her first mainstream role in the 1999 film, "Boys Don't Cry," initially appeared on six episodes of the second season, "American Horror Story: Asylum" as the doomed nymphomaniac Shelley. more >>
This week's episode of the hit TV drama series "Revenge" will see more explosive developments as spoiler reports indicate that show lead Emily Thorne (Emily VanCamp) might come out with one major secret that will ultimately give answer to all the chaos happening in the Hamptons. There's also the talks about the show's season renewal which, as it appears, seemed pretty slim.
Last week's episode titled "Loss" saw the "tragedy" that fell on the avenging Margaux (Karine Vanasse) when she was run over by a yellow taxi cab in New York.
Using this unfortunate event, Margaux will tap on Victoria (Madeleine Stowe) to take over what she started by telling the Grayson matriarch that it was Emily who pushed her into harm's way which, in effect, caused her to lose Daniel's baby. more >>