NEW YORK — Annabel Beam's incredible story of faith and overcoming adversity is retold in her mother Christy's newly released memoir Miracles From Heaven and in an exclusive interview with The Christian Post on Tuesday, the 12-year-old schoolgirl recalled meeting Jesus Christ, which set the premise for the book.
Three years ago, a then-9-year-old Annabel fell headfirst 30 feet inside a hollowed-out cottonwood tree while playing with her sisters on the family farm in Texas. Miraculously, she escaped without injury and later told her parents that she went to heaven and sat in Jesus' lap after the accident.
She previously described Jesus as having "a beautiful long white robe, dark skin and a big beard — kinda like Santa Claus, but not really." more >>
Gospel music icons including Donnie McClurkin are set to perform a tribute to the late gospel music legend Andraé Crouch at the 23rd Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards next month.
Crouch, who died at age 72 on Jan. 8, was originally supposed to perform during the awards gala. Instead, the singer/songwriter's life and achievements will be celebrated with a special performance by gospel music greats Cece and Marvin Winans, Take 6, Tata Vaga, and as aforementioned, McClurkin. The Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala will be televised on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. ET on the Reelz TV Channel: Hollywood Happens Here.
"Andraé was one of the greats," said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide. "When my wife, Lili, and I, started our ministry in New York City, he came to our apartment to discuss his career. From that moment onward, he was our very dear friend, and it was exciting to see how God blessed his talent and his life throughout the year. He will be missed." more >>
Memorial services for the late legendary gospel singer Andrae Crouch are set to begin next week in San Fernando, California, where he served as co-senior pastor.
The singer and songwriter died at age 72 on Jan. 8, after suffering a heart attack. New Christ Memorial Church is honoring Crouch with public memorial services referred to as "a celebration of Andrae Crouch's life" in the coming week, including a viewing on Tuesday, Jan. 20, a tribute that evening, another viewing on Wednesday, Jan. 21, as well as a four-hour celebration of his life, according to the church's website.
"In lieu of flowers, please send tax-deductible donations to: Andrae Crouch Memorial Fund," the church posted on its website. more >>
Deitrick Haddon believes preachers such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Creflo Dollar and Bishop Paul S. Morton should open up their doors to the world of reality television.
Haddon, the 41-year-old gospel singer and minister who stars in and executive produces the hit Oxygen docu-series "Preachers of LA" recently finished the second season of the show. While it has received its fair share of critics, Haddon believes there should be more spinoffs where the public could get more personal access to the lives of mega-church pastors.
"The reason why 'Preachers of LA' is successful is because people want to see and people want to know about preachers. Open up your doors, Bishop Jakes, open up your doors, Creflo Dollar, open up your doors, Bishop Morton," Haddon said on HipHollywood.com. "Y'all real people, you want people to hear you preaching and talking every Sunday. They have the right to know the real you … bottom line." more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes, DeVon Franklin and Joe Roth, are teaming up to bring a new faith-based film, "Miracles From Heaven," to the big screen.
Franklin, the 36-year-old Hollywood executive and Seventh-day Adventist minister, began his own production company called Franklin Entertainment earlier this year. He helped present a proposal for the upcoming book, Three Miracles From Heaven: A Sick Little Girl, Her Journey to Heaven, and the Lives Forever Changed, written by Christy Beam, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story is a true tale about the Christian Texas native, Beam's daughter, who miraculously overcame a rare disorder that forced her to eat with tubes and carry colostomy bags instead of using toilets. After Beam's daughter fell three stories, the memoir reveals the young girl visited heaven and was cured of her rare condition. more >>
Executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett released the first look at the original NBC series event "A.D." on Wednesday, including photos of the diverse cast.
In the follow up to Downey and Burnett's hit "Bible" series, "A.D." stars Argentinean actor Juan Pablo di Pace as Jesus, while the roles of iconic Bible characters such as Mary Magdalene, John, James, and Simon the Zealot went to actors from all over the world.
"Christianity is among the most diverse movements in history, so when Mark and I looked to bring this epic story of A.D. to life on NBC, is was important to us to find a cast as diverse and beautiful as the church is around the world," Downey who serves as executive producer, said in a statement. more >>