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 >>
Texas Megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes blamed racial profiling for the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, saying America is far from being a post-racial society and that racial profiling is putting black men "on the endangered list," in a blog published on Huffington Post.com.
In the essay posted Tuesday morning, Jakes wrote "We are a far cry from the post-racial, peace and love society envisioned by '60s idealists or the melting pot that our forefathers portended."
He argued that cities like Ferguson are still being governed with race-related tactics such racial profiling. more >>
A new documentary takes a critical look at the evolution of the historical Black Church in America and puts megachurch pastors under a harsh spotlight, especially those who are treated like superstars and amass wealth from preaching a Gospel they might not necessarily adhere to.
The institution of the church is at the heart and soul of black America, for whom the church has been, among many things, an escape, a means of upward mobility and a celebratory community where its leaders are respected and members' humanity affirmed.
"Black churches are different for a variety of reasons. One, is the need to address the social, political, the cultural and economic ramifications of anti-black racism in the United States," explains Dr. Anthony Pinn, professor of Religious Studies at Rice University, in Black Church Inc. more >>
Megachurch pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas and producer of the recent hit "Heaven Is for Real" T. D. Jakes urged Hollywood to create more films that reflected his own experiences in an editorial for Variety.
"As both an African-American and a person of faith, I have watched with great consternation while the missing reflection of the world in which I live in was previously being poorly served," wrote Jakes in an article released on Wednesday.
Jakes, who has a close relationship with Christian film executive Tyler Perry, (who also donated $1 million to his church in 2013,) praised Hollywood for "the new-found proliferation of products that serve the burgeoning faith and family film market," but added that he remained "appalled that this sector is still being discussed from a niche-market perspective." more >>
Most people find it difficult to get in tune with their inner voice amid their busy lives, however taking time to listen to a gut feeling or an instinct can lead to discovering a life of abundance and satisfaction, says Bishop T.D. Jakes.
In Jakes' new book, Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive, he writes about how individuals can re-discover their natural aptitudes and become in sync with opportunities life presents if they are willing to see beyond their current limitations.
Inspired by a safari trip to South Africa and derived from personal experiences, Jakes' material illustrates some of the major principles and secrets that successful individuals have applied to their lives, but rarely tell others. In addition, Jakes offers readers advice on knowing when to close a business deal, when to take a risk, and how to listen to their hearts. more >>
T.D. Jakes, megachurch pastor, bestselling author and film producer, is teaming up with Oprah Winfrey for another "Lifeclass" event this week to help viewers get over whatever past hurts or tragedies might be holding them back, and inspire them to embrace a "new way of thinking."
"Are you your own worst enemy? Are negative thoughts and self-doubt holding you back from living your best life? Have you had major setbacks in your personal or professional life that have shaken your confidence?" are some of the myriad questions posed to potential participants in the April 30 "Oprah's Lifeclass."