Two time Grammy Award-winner Lecrae wowed both the secular and Christian world in 2014 with his critically acclaimed studio album, Anomaly and now his upcoming book, Unashamed, is revealing some of the things he's had to put up with while on his journey to success.
The Reach Records founder took to Facebook on Wednesday to share an excerpt from Unashamed, which is set to release in May. The lone paragraph the rapper shared features his internal dialogue as he's being introduced by an industry executive:
"'I want you to meet Lecrae. He's a Christian rapper.' 'I know who you are,' they would respond with a patronizing smile. 'I'm familiar with your music.' The awkwardness would grow, and I could almost hear their thoughts: Can I cuss around him? He is about to preach at me, or judge me if I drink this whole bottle of Cristal and stumble out of here? Maybe they don't know if they can be fully themselves around me. Or perhaps they don't think they would like the content of my music or the assumptions behind my music or the worldview I hold. Regardless, they don't want to know more. From that point on, it felt awkward. It was like I was marked." more >>
Daughter of Grammy Award-winning producer Rodney Jerkins and actress Joy Enriquez, Heavenly Joy, is using her talent and charm to win over Christians' hearts and minds in her single "War."
"You can't have my family, my joy, my peace, my health, my worth and definitely not my Jesus! This means #WAR! My friends and I of all ages are ready for battle! Are you!?" the caption for the new Heavenly Joy video reads.
The new single "War" features pastor and musician Charles Jenkins. Throughout the tune Heavenly Joy can be heard passionately pleading the blood of Jesus to cover every lie of Satan. more >>
When gospel music songwriter and producer Kirk Franklin appeared in a recording studio with rap mogul Kanye West, gospel singer Kierra Sheard said she was inspired.
"I was super inspired. What was so much more fun is that 2 Chainz posted a video of them in the studio and Kirk Franklin was chilling on the wall," Sheard said in a Periscope video posted Tuesday, according to EEW magazine. "He did nothing that let his good be evil spoken of. It was perfect."
The 28-year-old daughter of Grammy Award-winning singer Karen Clark Sheard of the gospel music group The Clark Sisters and the daughter of megachurch pastor Bishop J Drew Sheard, rebuked those who spoke negatively about Franklin's decision to spend time with 38-year-old rapper West ahead of his Feb 11 album. more >>
If God chooses to answer the prayer of Pastor Donnie Romero of Stedfast Baptist Church in Texas, UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor will soon be struck down by a lightning bolt for calling himself god and saying he would knock out Jesus.
"I'm telling you what, I'm going to pray that God strikes this guy dead," Romero said in clip from a recent sermon posted to YouTube.
"Do you know why?" he asked. "Guy's name is Conor McGregor. He's the UFC featherweight champ or something like that, he's on this run of just knocking people out. But he got up and he said 'if Jesus Christ was in the ring with me, I'd knock him out.'" more >>
Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, took the stage at Thursday morning's National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. to deliver a moving closing prayer.
Henry, who plays for the Alabama Crimson Tide, focused his prayer on the importance of unity, saying he is thankful for the opportunity to be in the presence of "great leaders and great people to hear God's word about unity and us being united as one."
"I want to pray for my generation that every day we wake up we seek you for guidance and wisdom and one day that we can stand up here and be great leaders, be great people, men and women, to speak on unity ... and how important it is to this country and this world," Henry continued. more >>
The NFL has received a low score of compatibility with American Christians despite the abundance of Christian athletes in its organization, Faith Driven Consumer reported this week.
Ahead of Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Faith Driven Consumer has used its Faith Equality Index to rank various Super Bowl advertisers, as well as the NFL itself.
The Faith Equality Index seeks to determine a business' compatibility with Christian consumers based on different categories, including their corporate values and nondiscriminatory work practices. more >>