Christian leaders and their ministries are some of the most popular Twitter users – not in terms of followers, but in how many times their messages are forwarded to others. Tweets from influential voices like Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, and T.D. Jakes do better even with less followers than celebrities like Justin Bieber.
The average number of reactions to ministers' often positive messages is staggering, especially when compared to entertainers like Lady Gaga. Joyce Meyer topped the list, with 170 reactions per every 50,000 followers. Joel Osteen came in a close second with 147 mentions, followed by Max Lucado. On average, their tweets got 30 times as much attention, according to The New York Times.
The discovery came about when Twitter sent a senior executive, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, to investigate exactly why Christian leaders' followers were so engaged with the microblogging site, and to recruit more pastors and their ministries to join. more >>
When President Obama spoke at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial dedication last year, he urged the nation to continue to press for the goals and hopes of the "black preacher with no official rank or title who somehow gave voice to our deepest dreams" and helped make the nation "more perfect." By announcing his support for same-sex marriage last week, President Obama is sincerely convinced that now he is helping to make the nation even more perfect.
Martin Luther King's dream was that "little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." President Obama's dream seems to be that little black boys and little white boys will watch their teenage brothers go to prom together....and eventually enter into a legal marriage with one another. Did Martin Luther King have this dream for little black boys and little white boys?
In a 1958 letter published by Ebony magazine, King responded to a question from a boy who was struggling with homosexual feelings. King called the boy's feelings toward the same gender a "problem." He went on to tell the boy, "You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it." The civil rights leader knew the difference between skin color and sexual desires. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes has started a new campaign offering free prescription drug discounts that will purportedly give patients up to 75 percent off medications at thousands of pharmacies across the country.
Jakes, who leads The Potters' House in Dallas, Texas, is promoting a pre-activated RxRelief Card that he argues can save struggling families hundreds of dollars a year on prescription medications.
"I am offering a FREE pharmacy discount card to you and your family. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss," the megachurch pastor said in a public letter. "With discounts on virtually every medication sold at over 500,000 pharmacies nationwide the RxRelief Card can save you and your family an average of $400." more >>
Popular pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas-based megachurch The Potter's House has announced that he has come on board to executive produce an upcoming biopic film chronicling the love story of former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela and his ex-wife, Winnie Mandela.
TDJ Enterprises/TDJ Independents signed on to produce the film to help with its domestic marketing and distribution plans, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, which has just wrapped production, stars singer and actress Jennifer Hudson as Winnie, and acclaimed actor Terrence Howard as Mandela. more >>
Speaking with Oprah Winfrey during her new series, "Oprah's Next Chapter," Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas told the media mogul he thinks homosexual acts are condemned in the Scriptures and it is not his job as a pastor to give personal opinions.
Jakes, whose church boasts about 30,000 members, appeared on "Oprah's Next Chapter" on April 8 to discuss his ministry, marriage and how he deals with critics. Also brought up in the conversation, which at one point included the pastor's wife Serita Jakes, were accusations some people have not been welcomed to Jakes' megachurch.
"Would you say that everybody is embraced in your church?" Winfrey asked. "Cause you know you have been accused of saying that gay people would not be welcome." more >>
T.D. Jakes and Serita Jakes are celebrating being married for 30 years; an accomplishment given the sorry state of marriage in America today. They have now shared about how they've been able to overcome challenges and maintain a healthy relationship across three decades.
In a recent interview on "Oprah's Next Chapter," the Jakes couple opened up about what has kept them together. When asked by Oprah about the lasting power of their marriage, Serita Jakes said, "Lots of communication, lots of talking over the phone when he's traveling. As he's evolved, I've had to evolve with him, and so, instead of being left behind, when he goes out into the world, he comes back and he tells me about everything."
T.D. and Serita Jakes were married in 1981 and have five children together. They testified that they have experienced difficulties together like all couples, but that through the difficult times they were able to come closer to one another. Not even six months into their marriage the couple suffered a devastating car crash that left doctors unsure if Serita would ever walk again. more >>