E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor of The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) church in Decatur, Georgia, delivered a wincing takedown of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Monday for calling Black Lives Matter racist.
Smith addressed Giuliani's comments Monday on the new Fox faith-based talk show "The Preachers," which he co-hosts with three other prominent black pastors.
"Rudy, first of all please understand that 400 years of Africans being in this country, we've dealt with not just inherent racism but explicit racism. Being brought from West Africa through the Middle Passage, through the Trans-Atlantic, it's been nothing but difficulty. America's initial documents were racist, the ones that gave a black person three-fifths humanity, they were racist. Jim Crow was racist…," Smith said. more >>
Donald Trump, the newly-minted 70-year-old Republican presidential nominee whose controversial relationship with God has often been the stuff of headlines, recommitted his life to the Lord about 10 years ago, according to Gainesville, Georgia Pastor Jentezen Franklin.
In an interview with the Gainesville Times, Franklin who leads the multi-campus Free Chapel Church and serves as an adviser on Trump's evangelical committee, said Trump revealed during an initial meeting with the committee at Trump Tower in New York City that he recommitted his life to God at the age of 60.
"He did say 'I don't wear my religion on a sleeve and I'm not, by any means, a saint,'" the pastor said slightly amused. more >>
WASHINGTON – Multi-Dove award nominee Christine D'Clario hit the stage last Saturday representing the Latino community at Together 2016, and said she believes everyone can see past racial differences if they focus on Jesus.
D'Clario is of Italian, German, Irish, Puerto Rican, and Dominican descent. She believes her multi-ethnic background gives her a wide perspective and helps her understand the racial conflicts currently happening in America.
"I know what it is to be in a blended community and I know what it is to be marginalized for not fitting in perfectly with one area or the other. But what I've learned from that is to find the commonalities and to try and focus on what unites us more," D'Clario told The Christian Post during a Q&A session. more >>
His music is wildly popular among black and white evangelicals, but his messages on race have not been so well received. Nonetheless, Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae isn't changing a thing.
The Texas native who's earned a Grammy, GMA Dove Award, and two BET Awards regularly speaks out about racial issues, but it's starting to create a fault line between him and some of his fans. In an interview with The Washington Post earlier this month, Lecrae said despite the criticism, he isn't backing down.
"I don't see this as a black-white issue. In India, the Filipinos are being treated like they are less than human," he said. "I'm not focused on race [blacks and whites], exactly. If blacks in America are treated equally, I'll move on to the next group." more >>
I know that you and Mr. Clinton have been considered real friends of the African American community to the point that, before President Obama's election, your husband was jokingly referred to as the nation's first black president.
I also know that you have identified proudly as an "old fashioned Methodist" and that you warmly welcomed a contingent of African American pastors who laid hands on you and anointed you as the next president. more >>
WASHINGTON – Popular emcee and Reach Records founder Lecrae hit the stage early Saturday morning at Together 2016, the millennial-focused prayer and worship gathering held at the National Mall, and led an impassioned prayer that called for the people of God to come together and cease being passive towards injustice.
In his prayer, Lecrae started off by reading Isaiah 58 from verses 1 through 8. Towards the end of his reading, which emphasized fasting, the Texas native began to recite the scriptures below with great conviction.
"Is not this the fast that I choose: more >>