Bishop T.D. Jakes was asked to weigh in on Tuesday on whether he thought President Barack Obama's comments on Trayvon Martin after George Zimmerman's acquittal in the teen's shooting death were misdirected, considering the deadly violence plaguing his home city of Chicago.
President Obama spoke out last Friday on Trayvon Martin's killing, which occurred inside a gated community in Sanford, Fla., in February 2012, and expressed his condolences to the Martin family. He also affirmed his faith in the U.S. justice system after a jury found Zimmerman not guilty of manslaughter or second degree murder in the black youth's death. The president added, however, that it was important for everyone to consider the context of some of the discussions surrounding the case, in particular among African-Americans.
"You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African-American community at least, there's a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it's important to recognize that the African-American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn't go away," said Obama. more >>
A Birmingham, Ala., pastor outraged over the George Zimmerman not guilty verdict expressed his anger publicly by posting his opinion on a church sign.
On one side of the sign at New Era Baptist Church, led by Pastor Michael R. Jordan, it reads, "George Zimmerman jury supported white racism." On the other side, he posted a reference to the 1983 Baby Doe's rape case in Birmingham: "Rape a white woman and you will die in prison," according to Birmingham News reporter Greg Garrison, who first reported on the sign.
"They're calling me a hate-monger," Jordan told Fox News. "Most whites down South don't like it." more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas was admittedly shocked by the not guilty verdict given Saturday evening in the George Zimmerman case, and broke away from his normal message during the majority of the worship service on Sunday to discuss the case from the church's stage.
Along with a panel of leaders in various professions, including in law and psychological counseling, and who are church members of The Potter's House, Jakes hit on a wide range of issues that the court case with its racial overtones raised.
"I cannot imagine the devastation of this man and woman (Martin's parents), whose son committed absolutely no crime at all, walking down the street on his way to his daddy's house with some Skittles and a soda, and ends up being followed by someone and ends up with an altercation with someone, and never makes it to his destination," said Jakes, near the beginning of his message. "Those parents are left grieving." more >>
Pat Robertson's Regent University has announced a partnership with Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House to provide educational tools and resources for leaders from all fields looking to take their careers and skills to the next level.
The partnership, announced this week through TDJ Enterprises, Bishop Jakes' for-profit organization whose stated mission is to "entertain, educate and empower mainstream audiences with practical expressions of God's grace and love," brings Regent University certification to courses provided by the T.D. Jakes School of Leadership. The collaboration also opens the private interdenominational Christian university's online courses to The Potter's House network.
"Regent University provides world-class Christian educational resources to complement our premiere conferences, seminars and other content delivery systems," Jakes, CEO of TDJ Enterprises, said in a statement. "This collaboration offers our faith-centric audiences a gateway to professional learning tools that advance the work of the ministry while also supporting those laymen looking to enhance their corporate leadership and entrepreneurial credentials." more >>
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 >>