The gospel music duo 21:O3 may have named their latest EP Outsiders, but they are proving that they belong on the gospel music scene with their latest project rising to the top of Billboard's Gospel Album chart.
After releasing their EP, Outsiders late last month 21:O3 members Evin Martin, 30, and Torrence Greene, 27, have debuted at number one. The pair seemed elated to accomplish the feat, and took to social media to glorify God and thank their fans and the team that contributed to their strong debut.
"Ahhh we are sooo excited, elated and thankful to all of you #Outsiders who purchased the album!!! To God be the Glory," the group's Instagram page reads. "Thank you for your tireless efforts and your PUSH. @greenelights @evinamiri it's been a journey. I wish I could say 'you don't know how hard we worked." more >>
Potential GOP 2016 presidential hopeful and conservative darling Ben Carson urged black Americans on the weekend to return to tested faith values that served their community well during America's dark era of slavery and Jim Crow and not allow hip-hop that "dismisses Jesus Christ" to "destroy things for us."
The retired neurosurgeon, who's also a devout Christian and staunch education advocate, explained in an interview on WBLS, an urban adult contemporary FM radio station in New York City, that modern culture has turned black Americans away from the faith culture once promoted by their forebears.
"We need to reestablish faith in our communities and the values and principles that got us through slavery, that got us through Jim Crow, and segregation, and all kinds of horrible things that were heaped upon us," said Carson, according to The Business Insider. more >>
Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher celebrated Easter over the weekend with a verse from Scripture.
The couple, who just recently welcomed their first child, both shared a verse taken from John 11:25-26 on social media on Easter Sunday. Fisher, who initially shared a photo with a cross as well as Scripture, added "Happy Easter" in the caption.
"Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life," Fisher's quote from the Bible read. "He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me… will never die." more >>
Rapper and pastor Trip Lee, who ministers under the name Trip Barefield at his Washington D.C. church, recently commented on pop culture and what role it plays in the perception of black men in America at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Summit that took place on Friday, March 27 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Barefield, who sat on a panel that featured pastor David Prince of Ashland Avenue Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, worship singer Robbie Seay, and pastor Jason Cook of Iron City Church in Birmingham, Alabama, titled "Pop-Culture and Racial Reconciliation: Hip-Hop, Sports, And Everyday Life," commented on hip-hop's role in reflecting and shaping black culture.
Barefield explained how the music basically does a bit of everything including reflecting inner-city culture as well as shaping it in mostly negative ways. He also talked about rappers using their environment to justify the things they rap about. He also challenged the notion, however, by saying that a lot of these artists use their music to encourage people to continue in the negative things they see. more >>
A fast-growing multi-site New Jersey megachurch is expecting more than 6,000 people to attend its Easter egg hunt events on Saturday and Sunday, which will be the state's largest easter egg hunt with over 100,000 hidden eggs.
Liquid Church, a congregation with four campuses in Morristown, Mountainside, New Brunswick and Nutley, is hosting 14 different Jersey Egg Hunt experiences planned in those locations for the frist time.
"We're excited to share one of our core values — which is that church is fun — with families across New Jersey," Kenny Jahng, spokesman for Liquid Church, told The Christian Post on Thursday. "We hope those that are new to faith or haven't been to church in a while will find a message of hope and find it refreshing." more >>
The Gettys are being recognized for their brand of hymnals all around the world, and now CBS has decided to devote a feature on the couple who has left their stamp on a unique form of worship music.
On Easter Sunday April 5, at 9:00 a.m. ET, CBS will profile the husband and wife recording artist duo, The Gettys.
"Celebrated modern hymn writers and recording artists, Keith and Kristyn Getty will be the subject of a feature profile on CBS Sunday Morning to air this Easter Sunday," a statement obtained by The Christian Post reads. "For the segment, which is titled In The Spirit, the Gettys were interviewed in their Nashville home by CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith and recorded while performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on St. Patrick's Day." more >>