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 >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes reportedly responded to a critic on social networking site Instagram after being accused of being too flashy.
One of Jakes' 340,000 Instagram followers recently commented on a photo showing the mega church pastor wearing a lavish diamond ring. The Instagram user openly questioned Jakes' Christian faith in a bizarre rant, reports claim.
"I didn't know that preachers wear diamond rings, preachers are supposed to be humble, like Jesus was, and preach the real truth. You are not even close being like Jesus, you flash your ring. … God wouldn't flash jewelry around, you really need to read your Bible," photo_syn_the_sis wrote. "Acts 2:38 everything in the Bible is the truth, people need to open their eyes and read their Bible, not listen to the things you want them to hear. … Do you teach on how the hair is a woman's glory? No, you teach what you want them to hear. Man I feel sorry for you on judgment day." more >>
Los Angeles Pastor Touré Roberts shared a picture on Instagram Friday of him and Sarah Jakes embracing each other, proclaiming in Spanish "I had a great time in Atlanta with this beautiful woman! I cannot wait for her to officially become my wife!"
The warm message was one of two that the Purpose Awaking author shared with followers while attending T.D. and Serita Jakes' Women Thou Art Loose conference Thursday and Friday with his daughter, Ren.
Thursday night Roberts posted another Instagram picture of himself standing with his daughter and Sarah Jakes along with the message "Having a great time at #WTAL with two of the most special ladies in my life! My leading lady and firstborn lady." more >>
Christian Hollywood film producer Tyler Perry is facing criticism from his fans for not practicing the faith he preaches after he announced that he's expecting a child out of wedlock with his on-again, off-again girlfriend, Gelila Bekele, a 28-year-old Ethiopian model.
Just nine years ago when his star began rising in Hollywood, Perry declared when asked about his faith in an online interview that: "It is extremely important. I am a Christian, I am a believer, and I know had I not been a person of faith, I couldn't be here in this place, and I wouldn't be walking the path that I'm on now. And I think the greater good of the path I'm on now is to teach people to learn to forgive and move on, in a way that's done through the healing power of humor."
Former Dallas Cowboys football player Michael Irvin recently expressed frustration over his schedule as a current analyst for the NFL Network's "NFL Gameday Morning" since it takes up his time to attend church.
Irvin, who attends The Potter's House in Dallas, told TMZ that he was conflicted about his career when asked if he thought football players would go to church more if games were not held on Sundays.
"I just texted my bishop T.D. Jakes the other day … I said, 'Man, it's getting to the point where I'm missing church more than I'm looking forward to games on Sunday.' That's been hard for me to go to work … I miss that man," said Irvin. more >>
T.D. Jakes, Perry Noble, Nick Vujicic and Jentezen Franklin were among the numerous participants of the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" that's been sweeping online social networks. The stunt was being used to raise funds to support continued research into treating and curing Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Participants of the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" record a video of themselves being doused with a bucket of ice-cold (or icy) water. Participants also state which individuals they are nominating for the challenge. If a person who is called out for the challenge fails to accept within 24 hours, they are then expected to donate $100 to an ALS organization (although some do both the challenge and make a donation).
An example of the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" can be seen in the video below of Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas: more >>