ORLANDO, Fla. — Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, charged Wednesday that it's corporations and not elected officials that represent "the greatest hope" in effecting change and development in underserved communities across America. He said, however, that they need to "add a moral component to money" to make it happen.
"We need corporations to add a moral component to money," said Jakes, to a group of pastors and Christian leaders at the Reconciled Church Summit on Wednesday. The movement was launched in response to national protests against the killings by police of black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York, by Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, televangelist James Robison, and Jakes in January.
"Starbucks is trying to do it. … If we can tie morality to money, to a purpose, to resources, we can really begin to change things. I don't really believe that the greatest hope is in the elected officials. I believe it is in the corporations and the business opportunities coming together," he continued. more >>
An online fundraising campaign asking for $30,000 to cover the costs for the funeral of Crystal Cathedral founder the Rev. Robert H. Schuller has been created by his daughter, who wants to use a portion of the funds to start a legacy website to honor her late-father.
Earlier this month following the death of Schuller, the televangelist's daughter, Carol Schuller Milner, started a GoFundMe campaign to cover funeral expenses.
"This gofundme account, if funded in full, will provide a budget for all this plus a video production and a first phase website of drschuller.org — the official website sanctioned by Robert H. Schuller and his estate, helping to tell the story and legacy of Robert H. Schuller," wrote Milner on the GoFundMe page. more >>
Pastor Charles Stanley withdrew his name from an award he was slated to receive Thursday at the Jewish National Fund's Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast after some of its members accused him of being "against LGBT people," and threatened to skip the event if the Christian pastor was in attendance.
Adam H. Brill, spokesman for the JNF, told The Christian Post that Stanley "was invited to receive the Tree of Life award" for his continued support for Israel.
"[The award was] to recognize the many years of support he and his congregants at First Baptist Church Atlanta have shown toward the Jewish people and Israel," Brill said. more >>
Evangelist Franklin Graham, megachurch pastor Joel Osteen, and producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have topped Newsmax's list of the 100 most influential Christians in America, released on Monday.
"Christianity's challenges in today's world of instantaneous information transmission and new brands of sin are not what they were a century ago, nor are they quite what they were during the socio-sexual revolution of the '60s. And not all the names below are occupants of pulpits — not traditional physical pulpits, anyway," Newsmax.com stated.
The news website, part of Newsmax Media, listed Graham at the very top of its list. The Evangelical, who is head of Christian charity Samaritan's Purse, has been highly vocal about Christian persecution around the world, and has, on a number of occasions, blamed President Barack Obama's administration for not doing enough to speak out and protect them. Graham is the son of famous evangelist Billy Graham, who also made the list, at No. 5. more >>
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founder of Crystal Cathedral and "Hour of Power," is being laid to rest on Monday at a public memorial held outside the glass-walled megachurch in Garden Grove, California.
The Associated Press reported that a private burial will follow the public memorial service, held at the campus of what was formerly the Crystal Cathedral but is now owned by the county's Roman Catholic diocese.
Just 18 months ago, in an announcement that they had hired Mark Smith to be their new senior pastor, top officials at the First Baptist Jackson Church in Mississippi said they had fallen "in love" and described him as God's man and "God's will" for the job. In a surprising turn of events this week, however, Smith abruptly quit, declaring in his rejection of the job that he is not the man for their church.
"After prayer, meeting with others, seeking counsel from the church staff, and study, [Smith] senses he is not the man to lead First Jackson into the future," a press release from the church read.
These sentiments are a sharp departure from the excitement and Godly conviction Sam Peeples, chairman of the nine-member pastor search committee that unanimously recommended Smith's hiring publicly shared with the congregation in a report on his hiring in September 2013. more >>