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 >>
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 >>