- Created on 11 February 2013
Dr. A.R. Bernard, founder of the Christian Cultural Center, one of the largest churches in the nation, will be honored at the upcoming Jerusalem Banquet sponsored by Eagles' Wings.
The Jerusalem Banquet, to be held at the historic Essex House Hotel in New York City on May 23, 2013 is a strategic gathering of Jewish and Christian leadership from across the nation.
Robert Stearns, executive director of Eagles' Wings said, "The purpose of this gathering is to celebrate Jerusalem and the shared values of the Jewish and Christian communities. Eagles' Wings has strived over the past two decades to defend and support Israel and the Jewish people, and work for the common good of all in the region. We also have brought thousands of people to Israel, including top Christian college students for 30-day intensive study. This gala event will serve to strengthen that mission."
Dr. Bernard, 59, grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. In 1979 he and his wife, Karen, started a Bible study in the kitchen of their Brooklyn apartment. The following year he left his ten-year banking career and, with their savings, started a full-time ministry in a rented storefront.
Today, Dr. Bernard's church, the Christian Cultural Center, draws tens of thousands of worshipers each week, and he is an internationally known teacher, speaker and community leader.
In addition to his pastoral duties, he has been very influential in education and civic life serving on several community development boards for the city of New York. The New York Daily News also recently reported that Dr. Bernard is considering running for mayor of New York.
"We consider it a great honor to be able to celebrate the life and contribution of Dr. Bernard to New York City and to faith communities," Stearns said.
Dr. Bernard will join a growing list of Christian and Jewish leaders of influence who have been honored including the late Gen. Shimon Erem, Dr. Jack Hayford, Mr. Irwin Hochberg, Dr. Pat Robertson, Mr. Ron Plotkin, Drs. Frederick K.C. and Betty Price, and Mr. Harvey Krueger.
- Created on 11 February 2013
In a ceremony held before the main show these were the awards presented:
Best Gospel Song...and the Grammy goes to Mary Mary and Warryn Campbell for "Go Get It"
Best Contemporary Christian Music song...and the Grammy goes to...it's a tie... Israel & Matt Redmanb "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman and"Your Presence Is Heaven" Israel Houghton & Micah Masse
Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance...and the Grammy goes to..Matt Redman" 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)"
The award for Best Gospel Album went to holy hip hop artist Lecrae for his album "Gravity."
- Created on 08 February 2013
Creflo Dollar celebrates his anniversary with a series of spirit-enriching conventions.
2013 brings new experiences to six new cities as Creflo Dollar, once again, embarks on an uplifting spiritual journey to encourage people to change their lives for the better. Kicking off in Shreveport, La. on March 15, Dr. Dollar will continue to share God's love, wisdom, and power with all those who seek to increase their faith and walk with God.
Created by renowned spiritual leader Creflo Dollar, senior pastor of World Changers Church International, to uplift and empower men and women with a transformative experience in faith and fellowship, the 2013 Change Experience will impact six cities on the Eastern shores of the United States, including stops in Pittsburgh, Orlando, and Hartford.
Along with his wife, Pastor Taffi Dollar, Dr. Dollar will travel from Connecticut to Florida, preaching and teaching to those who are ready to take the first step toward living a life without worry.
As a part of the Change Experience, Dr. Dollar will also spotlight a local organization in every city and make a donation in support of its service and dedication to changing and strengthening the community.
Continuing on his spirit-led journey to guide those seeking to improve their lives, the highly sought-after conference speaker and best-selling author remembers his assignment from God—to teach the Word with simplicity and understanding.
This simple way of teaching has continued to draw men and women year after year to experience the specially-targeted messages of faith, healing, and prosperity, designed to strengthen their faith as they continue on their paths to fulfilling God's purpose. Says Dr. Dollar, "When you add wisdom and the application of knowledge, the sum total is change!"
- Created on 08 February 2013
Centino Kemp (pictured), the fifth accuser who came forward in the Bishop Eddie Long sex scandal of alleged affairs with teen boys nearly three years ago, will release a tell-all book on Valentine’s Day, according to the Georgia Voice.
In the yet-to-be-released book,...
- Created on 07 February 2013
Thousands who enjoy gospel music are expected to converge on Atlanta during Valentine's weekend for the 17th Annual Gospel Heritage Praise & Worship Conference. This is the largest international Gospel event held during Black History Month.
The two-and-a-half day confab will kick off on Thursday, Feb. 14 with daytime educational seminars and workshops, as well as nightly events. Several Gospel "A-listers" will make appearances throughout the weekend.
The entire event will be held at the Changing a Generation Full Gospel Baptist Church, 3350 Greenbriar Parkway, S.W.; Atlanta, GA 30331, where the host pastor is Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr.
Grammy, Dove and Stellar award winners will take part in the weekend events, including Bishop Hezekiah Walker ("I Need You to Survive"), Vashawn Mitchell ("Nobody Greater"), William McDowell ("I Give Myself Away"), Donald Lawrence ("The Best is Yet to Come"), Ricky Dillard ("God is Great"), Wess Morgan ("I Choose to Worship") among others.
Gospel singing choir ByGrace will travel from Stockholm, Sweden to take part in the conference.
Highlighting each nightly event is an awards presentation segment. This year, featured among the awardees on Thursday, Feb. 14 will be Edwin Hawkins, known as "The Father of Contemporary Gospel Music." Hawkins is famous for his arrangement of the hymn, "Oh Happy Day!" which has been featured in Whoopi Goldberg's "Sister Act 2," with then-15-year-old Ryan Toby singing lead. The song also appears in "Big Momma's House," "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," David LaChapelle's 2005 movie "Rize," Robin William's 2007 movie "License to Wed," and in 2010 biographical film produced by Walt Disney Pictures: "Secretariat."
On Friday evening, the flurry of awards will culminate with a presentation to one of the most outspoken and controversial proponents against injustice of the current era, the Rev. Al Sharpton. Also, being saluted that evening will be Pastor Jasper Williams of the Salem Baptist Church of Atlanta, who served with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The event ends on Saturday morning with a final address from Grammy award winner, Bishop Hezekiah Walker, known world-wide for his many gospel musical hits including "Grateful," "What a Mighty God We Serve" and more.