Trinity Broadcasting brought TD Jakes, Juanita Bynum and Jamal Bryant to a larger stage, and Paul Crouch provided that platform. Crouch died today at 79. Read the linked story.
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Last night I watched Bravo’s new show Blood is Thicker than Water which features Ben and Jewel Tankard. Tankard is a gospel musician and pastor. he and his wife and children talked about money so much last night that if you had been playing a drinking game when the word bling was mentioned you would have been drunk. They kept stressing collectively that God is about the bling and He wants you to be rich. This was last night’s central theme. God is a money tree and believers are entitled to shake it. What a warped mindset. We all know reality televsion is not real. The players are instructed to go big or go home. Big personalities (NeNe Leakes) are given big contracts for talking big and living big. So the Tankards have a high bar set before them and they seem determined to climb it but don’t mix God into the nonsense. I thought the LA Preachers were bad, but the Tankards have got them beat.
Kevin Terry is caught up in a sex scandal but he does not offer an apology he offers a biblical response. Read it and share your thoughts.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., (October 31, 2013) – Nashville Life Christian Church (NLCC) is collecting toiletries, clothes, winter coats and blankets for Covering Nashville – an initiative to cover homeless families in Nashville this cold, holiday season. Pastors Alvin and CeCe Love started NLCC in March 2012 to empower passionate people to influence and impact nations for the cause of the Kingdom. Since its start, the church has grown to over 100 families, young adults and couples. Services are Sundays at 2:00 P.M. in Wallace Chapel on the campus of Christ Church-Brentwood.
Officials with the Metro Homelessness Commission report that Nashville has about 4,000 homeless individuals, families, and children on any given night. Last year, the Nashville Metro Public Schools reported having 2,049 homeless children in their school system. However, not all homeless children are accounted for – it is noted that most parents who are homeless do not report their living status for fear of losing their children.
As the holiday season approaches, Nashville Life Christian Church (NLCC) is boldly taking on the challenge to collect more than 1,000 blankets for homeless individuals and families in Nashville to hand deliver them on Saturday, November 23rd. NLCC is also asking the community to donate toiletries, clothes, sleeping bags and blankets to this endeavor, in hopes to provide extra comfort during the cold, winter months approaching. “As the pastor of this church, we are blessed to be a blessing to those who are less fortunate. Jesus said in Matthew 25:40, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these, my brothers and sisters; you were doing it to me.’ We are hopeful that others will hear about our efforts and want to contribute to this worthy cause. There are thousands of men, women and even children who are living on the streets of Nashville, and we as a church feel the responsibility to help those in need.” -Alvin Love, II Senior Pastor of Nashville Life Christian Church If your family, church, business, and/or organization would like to donate items, please find the collection details below:
Sunday, Nov. 10th and Nov. 17th
15354 Old Hickory Boulevard
Brentwood, TN 37211
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
A full list of the acceptable items to donate can be found at Covering Nashville’s registries at Wal-Mart, Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. In addition, monetary donations can be made on NLCC’s website for Missions.
About Nashville Life Christian Church
In November 2011, Alvin and CeCe Love hosted a discipleship ministry school in their home led by Bram and Dianne Manusama from Melbourne, Australia. Most of the attendees were young adults who were their son Alvin’s friends and acquaintances. The school was so successful that the Loves asked the Manusamas to return in March 2012. This time more than 80 people participated and their lives were radically changed. After seeing how many individuals were transformed, Alvin and CeCe asked how many of those who attended were without a church home. About half of the hands went up, and the Loves knew it was time to start the work. It was crystal clear to them both that this was the time to raise up a congregation, and Nashville Life Christian Church was birthed. On March 28, 2012, Nashville Life held it’s first official service in the Love’s home with thirty-four people in attendance. It now meets in Wallace Chapel on the campus of Christ Church.
For further information, please contact:
Isiah Tatum (Isiah.Tatum@gmail.com)
This story has been floating around for a few days but I think it is still worthy of discussing. Marvin Winans former lead singer of the gospel group the Winans and current Pastor of Perfecting church in Detroit Michigan refuses to openly bless children who are born out of wedlock. When and unwed mother made inquiries regarding having her son blessed she was informed of the policy and of course she took her story to the media. Winans stance is based on the ideal but who is actually being punished? Are the parents punished for the sin or are the children being punished for the sins of the parents? Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
The premiere of Oxygen’s controversial docu-series, Preachers Of L.A., may have pulled in a record 1.1 million viewers, but one of the most influential Christian pastors in America, Bishop T.D. Jakes, holds a very low opinion of it. On Sunday morning, October 13 at the Potter’s House in Dallas, TX, Jakes dissed the reality show, calling it “junk” and distancing himself from the stars’ blinged-out images and flamboyance. ¬“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV,” Jakes said, criticizing Preachers Of L.A. amid a plea for congregants and online viewers to sow a financial seed into his local ministry. “I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for. I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave,” Jakes stated emphatically. “You did not buy what I got,” he continued. “I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie! I have sold enough books and produced enough movies. I don’t need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.” That spirit Jakes referred to is one of criticism, cynicism and skepticism of mega pastors’ motives following the premiere of Preachers of L.A. that documents the lives of 6 larger-than-life personalities: Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson, and Pastor Jay Haizlip. Bishop Clarence McClendon pictured with his wife Priscilla and the couple’s son inside the McClendon’s home, worth more than $7 million– the most expensive of all the pastors’ homes featured on Preachers Of L.A. The rich Christian pastors are not in any way shy about indulging their cravings for the finer things in life, gladly showing off their fancy cars, sprawling houses and opulent lifestyles that rival rappers and mainstream celebrities. No doubt, the Preachers of L.A. have built empires for themselves, but Jakes said, “We are going to build the Kingdom of God like we have always built the Kingdom of God.” Then, Jakes delivered the one-liner that sent the crowd into a frenzy. He said, “I’m not from L.A. I’m from Dallas!”Zinger. That verbal jab had Potter’s House attendees cheering loudly, slapping each other high-five and expressing approval of their leader’s strong commentary. Continuing to stick up for his own credibility, he added, “The people who have been here a while can go through my track record and prove when I said something, I did it. When we went after something, we bought it. When we wanted the land, we paid for it. When we wanted the school, we built it. When we went after this church we burned the mortgage on this church.” He also interjected, “You don’t do that kind of business being shake and bake and slimy and—shut up,” he abruptly interrupted and censored his own speech. “Woo! Pull the plug,” Jakes talked to himself openly, then shifted gears a bit, focusing on the accomplishments of the ministry, rather than the shortcomings of the ministers on TV. “So let the work I’ve done speak for me. You are sowing into good ground. And the 300 families that are employed in this ministry eat from this ministry, work in this ministry, and help us to produce the excellence that we do,” he explained. “The natives all over Kenya drink water because of this ministry. And the hospital in Nairobi survives because of this ministry.” The leader was set on making it clear that his ministry was focused on missions, not mansions; MegaCare (his humanitarian organization), not mega cars. “I do not need you to buy my car. I got this,” he said, pausing for an extended period.
Before moving on, Jakes told the congregation, “If you appreciate my straightforwardness, give God some praise.” Then, moments later, he expressed indignantly, “I’m a grown man, dog.”
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Greensboro, N.C. (September 30, 2013) – From the Office of the Executive Secretary: Dr. James Woodson officially announced the birth of the Global United Fellowship. During the last week in August, by invitation only, pastors from around the nations flew into Nassau and joined Bishop Ellis for a time of prayer, discussion and deliberation that resulted in the formation of this new fellowship. Woodson states, “My attraction to this fellowship was due to the call of Bishop Neil C. Ellis whose anointing is sanctioned by God and his exemplary character is without question. In addition, I was drawn by the fellowship’s mission of unity in spirit, unity in prayer and unity in word.”Over the past few weeks, Global United Fellowship has grown to more than 80 local and international churches and fellowships. And on last week, Bishop Ellis was unanimously elected as the Presiding Bishop Designate by its members. With the rapid growth taking place, Bishop Ellis stated, “I want to make it unequivocally clear that Global United Fellowship is not another denomination. Our intent is to be inclusive and not divisive. G.U.F. is an international, interdenominational body of spiritual leaders, fellowships and congregations united to strategically plan, implement and execute transformative and generational change as well as expand the Kingdom of God to all the nations of the world.”
Global United Fellowship’s five-fold mission is to:Unite
Equip Enhance and strengthen marriages (especially marriages among clergy) Resurrect the dying discipline of prayer Build genuine fellowship in the Body of Christ across all denominations
A Service of Episcopal Institution and Inauguration will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, in the Grand Ball Room at The Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island with Archbishop J. Delano Ellis as Chief Celebrant. Con-Celebrants are Archbishop Alfred Owens and Presiding Bishop Kenneth Ulmer.
“Bishop Neil C. Ellis has not come to this place in a vacuum but after many years of faithful service, study and prayerful contemplation. He has called together a group of pastors to form yet another fellowship. The question arises, ‘Why, another fellowship? Why another movement? Why another organization?’ I’ve learned that God, throughout the history of man, always starts afresh with a tender heart and brighter understanding of his ways and wonders. The Church of Jesus Christ has evolved many times since its founder declared that he would ‘build his church’. The very word build suggests a continuum of structures and each new action adds another layer, floor and brick to the great ‘kingdom building’. And so, Bishop Ellis and the G.U.F. come from several Communions in Christ to form a latter day fellowship that resembles the ancient church but takes on its proper modernity. Until the whole world is reached and the Savior returns – there is always room for one more thought and one more move of God.” – Bishop J. Delano Ellis, Metropolitan, The Joint College of Bishops
Woodson, the Executive Secretary of G.U.F. stated, “The launch event is shaping up to be a major installation service that will attract more than 200 delegates from at least five different countries including: South Africa, Europe and Canada.” Bishop Walter Thomas, renowned teacher, preacher and Bible scholar said regarding his friend, “Bishop Neil C. Ellis is a leader well respected in the international community. It will be a tremendous blessing to the Body of Christ as he takes leadership of G.U.F. and guides them into Kingdom responsibility.”
Notable pastors from around the country are speaking out and endorsing Global United Fellowship. “Global United Fellowship is an end time manifestation of new wine in new wine skins. Bishop Neil Ellis brings a fresh anointing of creative leadership and spirit-filled discipleship development for such a time as this.” -Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, Presiding Bishop of Macedonia International Bible Fellowship. After serving four years as 3rd Presiding Bishop and seven years as the 2nd Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, Bishop Neil C. Ellis stated in his letter of resignation addressed to the International Presiding Bishop, “What an awesome journey and marvelous experience all of this has been. After much prayer and reflection, I officially tendered my resignation as the 2nd Presiding Bishop in The Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International on August 19, 2013. Thank you for the opportunity to serve and for the support you have given to and confidence you (FGBCFI) have placed in me over the years.” Ellis also stated, “After more than 30 years in ministry and serving in the pastorate for 26 years, I have made many observations about the Body of Christ. Some of these observations have helped in bringing focused attention to what I regard to be the driving force behind the work that has been assigned to our hands through the Global United Fellowship.”
To learn more about the Global United Fellowship, please visit http://www.globalunitedfellowship.org.
About Bishop Neil C. Ellis
Bishop Ellis is the Pastor of Mount Tabor Church and is one of the fastest growing churches in The Bahamas with a membership of several thousand. Bishop Ellis was inducted onto the Martin Luther King’s Walk of Fame in Atlanta alongside Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Rosa Parks, Sidney Poitier, and Nelson Mandela. Bishop Ellis’ other honors include: Civil Society’s “Living Legend” in The Bahamas Award, the CMG (an award issued by Queen Elizabeth II), and many more. Ellis is married to Lady Patrice Ellis and they have two beautiful children, Renechea and Johnathan Ellis.
WWJD? Not this. Should pastors do a reality show? Reality shows are about manufactured drama. There is really nothing real about them, but in some cases the cast members become famous (NeNe leakes and Bethanny Frankel come to mind), but should you mix church into this kind of stuff? Share your thoughts.