DALLAS — Bishop T.D. Jakes celebrated his 35th anniversary of ministry Friday with surprise tributes from Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Pastor Paula White and Chaka Khan at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Celebrities and Christian leaders honored the black minister as a "spiritual leader" and "prophetic voice."
Oprah Winfrey was the first major surprise guest of the "Triumphant Journey" event celebrating Jakes' service as a pastor, family man, global leader, author and his work in entertainment. The details of the program were kept secret so that the Potter's House founding pastor wouldn't know who would be appearing.
During her tribute, Oprah described Bishop Jakes as a one-of-a-kind person, saying she grew up in the church since she was 8 but had never encountered someone like Bishop Jakes in all her life. more >>
DALLAS – A black-tie gala featuring a surprise star-studded guest list will be held Friday night to celebrate Bishop T.D. Jakes' 35th anniversary of ministry service. The event titled "Triumphant Journey" will be held at the AT&T Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas.
The details of the event have been shrouded in secrecy as a surprise for Bishop Jakes, senior pastor of the megachurch The Potter's House and founder of the faith-based entertainment company TDJ Entreprises, which produced the hit 2011 movie "Jumping the Broom."
Organizers of the event told The Christian Post that the famed black preacher will have no idea of what to expect, including the list of speakers, presenters and performers. Naturally, all the special guests will be those who have worked with the pastor over the past three decades in the areas of church, humanitarian efforts and entertainment. more >>
Christian leaders and their ministries are some of the most popular Twitter users – not in terms of followers, but in how many times their messages are forwarded to others. Tweets from influential voices like Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and T.D. Jakes do better even with less followers than celebrities like Justin Bieber.
The average number of reactions to ministers' often positive messages is staggering, especially when compared to entertainers like Lady Gaga. Joyce Meyer topped the list, with 170 reactions per every 50,000 followers. Joel Osteen came in a close second with 147 mentions, followed by Max Lucado. On average, their tweets got 30 times as much attention, according to The New York Times.
The discovery came about when Twitter sent a senior executive, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, to investigate exactly why Christian leaders' followers were so engaged with the microblogging site, and to recruit more pastors and their ministries to join. more >>
When President Obama spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication last year, he urged the nation to continue to press for the goals and hopes of the "black preacher with no official rank or title who somehow gave voice to our deepest dreams" and helped make the nation "more perfect." By announcing his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Obama is sincerely convinced that now he is helping to make the nation even more perfect.
Martin Luther King's dream was that "little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." President Obama's dream seems to be that little black boys and little white boys will watch their teenage brothers go to prom together....and eventually enter into a legal marriage with one another. Did Martin Luther King have this dream for little black boys and little white boys?
In a 1958 letter published by Ebony magazine, King responded to a question from a boy who was struggling with homosexual feelings. King called the boy's feelings toward the same gender a "problem." He went on to tell the boy, "You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it." The civil rights leader knew the difference between skin color and sexual desires. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes has started a new campaign offering free prescription drug discounts that will purportedly give patients up to 75 percent off medications at thousands of pharmacies across the country.
Jakes, who leads The Potters' House in Dallas, Texas, is promoting a pre-activated RxRelief Card that he argues can save struggling families hundreds of dollars a year on prescription medications.
"I am offering a FREE pharmacy discount card to you and your family. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss," the megachurch pastor said in a public letter. "With discounts on virtually every medication sold at over 500,000 pharmacies nationwide the RxRelief Card can save you and your family an average of $400." more >>
Popular pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas-based megachurch The Potter's House has announced that he has come on board to executive produce an upcoming biopic film chronicling the love story of former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela and his ex-wife, Winnie Mandela.
TDJ Enterprises/TDJ Independents signed on to produce the film to help with its domestic marketing and distribution plans, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, which has just wrapped production, stars singer and actress Jennifer Hudson as Winnie, and acclaimed actor Terrence Howard as Mandela. more >>