Bishop T.D. Jakes, the visionary behind the behemoth of a conference that is MegaFest, was a not able to preach on its final day for a Sunday worship service due to an eye irritation that needed immediate medial attention.
Jakes, who was scheduled to preach at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, for MegaFest's Sunday service, was predisposed and replaced by evangelist Joyce L. Rogers who gave the final sermon to close out this week's festivities.
The Potter's House Church head's absence was announced by the service's host, Cynthia James, who informed the thousands in attendance about his condition. more >>
Hollywood power couple Roma Downey and Mark Burnett previewed their forthcoming Christian film "Ben-Hur" during a surprise appearance at Mega-Fest in Dallas on Friday.
Described by the notable Christian filmmakers as an "epic" action movie, "Ben-Hur" is based on Lew Wallace's 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ and stars Academy Award-winning actor, Morgan Freeman.
Downey and Burnett, who created the "The Bible" miniseries and the box-office hit "Son of God," told a large crowd at Bishop T.D. Jakes' annual family festival that ultimately the film tells "a story of forgiveness with an underlying story of Jesus." The project, which is the product of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Paramount Pictures, is just the latest in the couple's quest to glorify God through Hollywood entertainment as they continue to be "Hollywood's noisiest Christians." more >>
As the National Football League preseason is now officially underway, it can be hard to tell with the many pounds of equipment that players wear, which of them understand that God comes before football.
With all the hits, tackles, touchdowns and excitement that the NFL season brings, it can be easy for fans and children to overlook the fact that many of their favorite football stars are guided in faith and were given their abilities by God to help spread His Word.
In a newly released book titled Football Faith: 52 NFL Stars Reflect on Their Faith, Associated Press sports writer Rob Maaddi provides another platform for past and present NFL players to share how their Christian faith has shaped their lives. more >>
Sarah Jakes Roberts, author, motivational speaker and daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes, is expecting her first child with husband Touré Roberts, the senior pastor of One Church International in Hollywood, California.
The Roberts shared the news about their upcoming bundle of joy in front of their One Church LA congregation last Sunday.
"For Touré and I, having a child together is the organic overflow of the love that we have been so blessed to share. When I initially found out that I was pregnant, I was overwhelmed with surprise, excitement, and joy," she told ESSENCE. "Each of our children offer a special flavor to the blend that is our family. While we are ecstatic to know that our baby will represent a piece of each of us, we look forward to the unique individuality and impact our new addition is sure to bring to our family." more >>
Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes has said his new TV show, which debuts on Monday, is not specifically faith-based, but will instead be open to people whatever their belief system or background.
"It is not a faith-based show," Jakes told 11Alive. "I have a vehicle through which I can express that. But I cannot deny that when I sit down at the table, all of my faith sits down with me. All of my fatherhood sits down with me. All of my ethnicity sits down with me. I can only give what I am."
The Potter's House church pastor added: "What I want the 'T.D. Jakes Show' to be is that, wherever you are, whatever your belief systems, whatever your background is, there's a place for you." more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes has clarified that his method of ministering to gay people who choose to attend The Potter's House church was "evolving" and said he does not endorse same-sex marriage, after a recent HuffPost Live interview led some viewers to believe he had "shifted" in his biblical convictions regarding human sexuality and marriage.
Christians and Americans in general remain divided in their opinions on the morality of homosexuality and the legality of same-sex marriage, and the Supreme Court's ruling in June effectively affirming same-sex marriage as a constintutional right has not bridged the divide.
"Currently, 54 percent of Americans say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, with 39 percent opposed. In May, 57 percent favored legalizing same-sex marriage, while 39 percent opposed," the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank, reported on July 29. more >>