Megachurch pastors and Christian leaders used Twitter on Monday to express gratitude for those who died in military service.
John Piper, a well-known theologian, author of Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, and former senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minnesota, tweeted the link to an article about Memorial Day falling on May 27th – the day John Calvin died.
The leading 16th Century Reformer died 449 years ago today. The article contained an excerpt from a book John Piper wrote with executive editor and elder at Bethlehem Baptist, David Mathis, on Calvin's life and ministry called With Calvin in the Theater of God: The Glory of Christ and Everyday Life. more >>
A Bishop T.D. Jakes presented-movie about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the former wife of Nelson Mandela who was a leading anti-apartheid figure in South Africa, has been acquired in the U.S. by movie production and distribution company Image Entertainment.
"This movie offers American audiences a rare opportunity to visit the amazing beauty of South Africa from a theater seat," said Jakes of Dallas-based The Potter's House, who is the executive producer of the film.
"But even more, it is an epic look at love and liberty and the great expense incurred to attain and maintain either. It is our honor to inspire a wider audience to sample the drama of a love life painted on the canvas of Apartheid. Image Entertainment and RLJ, we applaud you for having the courage to unveil this compelling story on screen." more >>
Two of America's most popular megachurch pastors, Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church and T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House, both in Texas, are joining forces for the annual family-themed three-day conference called MegaFest.
"MegaFest is a family-friendly festival bringing together the best of T.D. Jakes Ministries events including Woman Thou Art Loosed, Manpower, MegaKidz and the Mega-Youth Experience. One place. 3 Days. Inspiration, Music, Entertainment and Seminars. We're coming together," says a description for the Aug. 29-31 Dallas event on the official website.
In a video on the T.D. Jakes Ministries website, the Potter's House leader announces that fellow pastor Joel Osteen and his wife, Victoria, will be speaking at the conference. In the video, the two Christian leaders express their excitement for the upcoming event. more >>
Bishop TD Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, said in a recent sermon that he is tired of the "Hollywood spirit" that has taken over the church and placed a large focus on the size and popularity of ministries rather than the value of the message they preach.
"I am so sick of this Hollywood spirit that has overtaken the church," Jakes said, according to The Atlanta Daily World.
The preacher leads one of the largest megachurches in America, attracting a congregation of 30,000 members and celebrates its milestone 35th anniversary last year. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, has been tapped to host a new talk show scheduled to debut in the fall on BET as part of the network's move toward more faith-based programming.
Describing "T.D. Jakes Presents: Mind, Body & Soul" as "better talk," BET Networks promises that the show, airing on Sundays, will cover a wide range of issues such as health and wellness, finance and relationships.
The talk show is tied to BET Gospel programming that includes shows like "Celebration of Gospel," "Sunday Best" and "Bobby Jones Gospel." The network already airs Jakes' ministry program, "The Potter's Touch," which reaches 67 million households every month through various outlets. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, appeared on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday to answer viewers' questions on forgiveness, but he also commented on the surprising resignation of Pope Benedict XVI from the papacy.
Jakes said he was "astounded" when he learned last week that Pope Benedict XVI would be retiring just eight years after succeeding the deceased Pope John Paul II, making the 85-year-old the first pontiff to resign in almost 600 years of the Roman Catholic Church's history.
"I think it was shocking because we haven't seen it for 600 years or so, but it is indicative of the times we live, that people are doing things in new ways and new capacities," said Jakes. "I take it at face value based on what we know so far." more >>