Gospel music icons including Donnie McClurkin are set to perform a tribute to the late gospel music legend Andraé Crouch at the 23rd Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards next month.
Crouch, who died at age 72 on Jan. 8, was originally supposed to perform during the awards gala. Instead, the singer/songwriter's life and achievements will be celebrated with a special performance by gospel music greats Cece and Marvin Winans, Take 6, Tata Vaga, and as aforementioned, McClurkin. The Annual Movieguide Faith & Values Awards Gala will be televised on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. ET on the Reelz TV Channel: Hollywood Happens Here.
"Andraé was one of the greats," said Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of Movieguide. "When my wife, Lili, and I, started our ministry in New York City, he came to our apartment to discuss his career. From that moment onward, he was our very dear friend, and it was exciting to see how God blessed his talent and his life throughout the year. He will be missed." more >>
Duke University has decided to cancel its Muslim call to prayer, which would have begun this Friday, Jan. 16, after receiving public backlash and a credible threat to students.
The call to prayer, known as an adhan, would have aired for three minutes every Friday, encouraging Muslim students to gather and attend a traditional prayer service in the chapel. However, the public reacted with strong emotion and slammed the university for allowing students to perform the adhan. Students will now gather on the quadrangle outside the chapel to hear the adhan in a quieter setting, then proceed to prayer.
"Duke remains committed to fostering an inclusive, tolerant and welcoming campus for all of its students," Michael Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations, told Duke Today. "However, it was clear that what was conceived as an effort to unify was not having the intended effect." more >>
Duke University has come under fire for making the decision air the Muslim call to prayer on Friday, beginning this week; Rev. Franklin Graham has come out against the school's decision.
"This opportunity represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke's mission," Christy Lohr Sapp, Duke Chapel's associate dean for religious life, said in a statement to Duke Today. "It connects the university to national trends in religious accommodation."
The Muslim call to prayer, known as the adhan will air for three minutes at a "moderately amplified" level to announce the call to prayer, and an English translation will follow. The service will take place in the chapel basement every Friday at 1:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Members of the Duke Muslim Students Association will perform the chant, which will be released from the chapel's bell tower. more >>
This is a reminder that we should all dance at all times throughout the day, even if it's just a pre-church countdown. This guy will have you laughing for hours with his church-appropriate dance means.
You will be laughing at the names of the dances and just the way this man dances in general. Watch him work up a sweat while reading some scripture and using Bible-themed dance moves. It wouldn't be surprising if you got up and decided to bust-a-move with him.
Watch this morning's with Jesus countdown below: more >>
Hillsong Young & Free released their brand-new EP "This Is Living" on Tuesday which features a track of the same name with Lecrae.
Taking on electronic dance music (EDM), Young & Free offers a glimpse at Hillsong Church's Youth Ministry with the new EP's lead track "This Is Living," available on Jan. 13.
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 >>