Oxygen network has made available online the premiere episode of its Christian-based docu-series "Preachers of L.A." The first episode titled, "Comeback," introduces viewers to the six Southern California ministers starring in the program, and delves right into their challenges and controversies, including Deitrick Haddon fathering a child through adultery. The men also tackle questions about charging for ministry appearances.
Editor's note: the following article includes spoilers.
In the first episode of "Preachers of L.A.," viewers are shown Haddon, his fiance Dominique and their toddler daughter practicing in the studio in preparation for a "comeback" concert at Bishop Noel Jones' City of Refuge church. Haddon, who began a relationship with Dominique while going through a divorce, attempts to reassure her that all will be well. The Grammy-nominated and multiple Stellar Gospel Music Award winner had a fall-out with his former church and suffered a public controversy as a result of his relationship with his child's mother. more >>
To emphasize his point (and promote his new book) that the Church is essentially dying, or at least on the cusp of doing so, Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll arrived to a Sunday evening worship service at Mars Hill Church U-District in a black hearse and suited in formal funeral attire.
Driscoll's book A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? is planned for release on Nov. 5 and focuses on the need for Christians to be aware of changing times and the importance of sharing the Gospel despite a corrupting culture. Resurgence 2013, a leadership conference, is scheduled to begin on the same date.
"The hearse symbolizes death," communications director Justin Dean told The Christian Post in regards to Driscoll's unique arrival to church and the promotional videotaping done for the book using the vehicle as a prop earlier in the day. "And in the book, Pastor Mark shares that 'the death of Christendom means life just got a lot more difficult for anyone who really wants to be a Christian and follow Jesus.' more >>
The dean of one of the largest churches in the world recently declared during a sermon that homophobia is a sin, while at the same time, making no mention as to whether homosexuality may also be one.
In a sermon delivered Sunday at the Washington National Cathedral, The Very Reverend Gary Hall declared that "much of the blame belongs to our churches" in spreading hatred of gay people.
"Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for whom they love is a sin. Shaming people because their gender identity doesn't fit neatly into your sense of what it should be is a sin," said Hall, who is the Tenth Dean of The Episcopal Church's Cathedral. "Only when all our churches say that clearly and boldly and courageously will our LGBT youth be free to grow up in a culture that totally embraces them fully as they are." more >>
Pastor Jay Haizlip of The Sanctuary, a nondenominational church in Huntington Beach, Calif., recently spoke with The Christian Post about his ministry, how he first learned about Jesus Christ while on his way to buy drugs, and why he believes God wants to use "Preachers of L.A" to reach those who might otherwise never step foot into a church or tune into Christian TV.
Haizlip stars alongside five other Southern California Christian ministers in the Oxygen network docu-series, premiering Wednesday, Oct. 9. The others are Bishop Noel Jones of City of Refuge, recording artist Deitrick Haddon, Pastor Wayne Chaney of Antioch Church of Long Beach, Bishop Ron Gibson of Life Church Of God In Christ in Riverside, and Bishop Clarence McClendon of Full Harvest International Church in Los Angeles (learn more about the ministers here).
Haizlip, 50 and married with three children, rose to fame when he became a sponsored skateboarding pro in his early teens and remains a notable pioneer in the sport. But his fame and victories on the halfpipe were soon overshadowed by a cocaine addiction after his first encounter with the drug at 15. For the next several years, while married and responsible for a newborn, he was in and out of rehab, desperate to kick the habit he knew was ruining his life and relationship with his family. more >>
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- Judah Smith, author of the best-selling Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human, is the lead pastor of The City Church in Seattle, the fourth largest-growing church in the nation.
Jay Haizlip, founding pastor of The Sanctuary church, is one of the six Christian mega-ministers from Southern California featured in the upcoming "Preachers of L.A." docu-series, already dismissed by some as another scandalous, embarrassing reality show. But Pastor Haizlip believes the only thing scandalous about "Preachers of L.A." is how God will use the Oxygen network program to do something big.
"I really feel like God wants me to be on this show, and I believe God is going to do something very beautiful and incredible with this show," Haizlip recently told The Christian Post.
The pastor and skateboarding icon shared that he only agreed to join "Preachers of L.A." after prayer, and consulting with his family and the elders and board members of his church. more >>