We have enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another —Jonathan Swift
And there’s the rub.
I do not prescribe to Religion (with a capital R; as defined by general society). I do pursue (follow, worship) Christ religiously. There is a difference. One is a noun that often implies that my practices and activities alone can get me to God and Heaven. The other is an adverb that describes the intensity and consistency of my desire for Him in my life. The latter indicates a relationship not unlike a child’s pursuit of a parent or, if that doesn’t grab you, a lover of their beloved.
However, I do think it’s important for me as a parent to examine my notions of religion in order to understand and position Christ as a viable option for my child who, inevitably—and if I’ve done my job right in teaching her to think critically—,will find herself skeptical of Christianity: The Religion. Read more…
11-Time Grammy® Award-Winning Gospel Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar To Release Much Anticipated New Album GOOD GOD
Nashville, TN — On Tuesday, March 26, 2013, gospel icon Shirley Caesar will release her highly-anticipated latest album Good God (Light Records/eOne). With 12 stirring tracks, the longtime First Lady of Gospel has created a captivating mix to uplift, heal and strengthen mind, body and spirit, with the release of Good God.
Featuring stellar production and songwriting with Caesar, longtime musical director Michael Mathis, Kurt Carr and James Fortune, on Good God, Pastor Shirley Caesar continues to pave the way with brilliant vocals and musical ingenuity that has made her a beloved worldwide gospel sensation. With the James Fortune-penned and produced track “God Will Make A Way” as the first single off of Good God, “God Will Make A Way” has been making a splash in gospel radio, climbing the singles chart as listeners embrace Caesar’s acclaimed vocal talents and the powerful lyrics uplifting their spirits and encouraging strength in faith through any troubles.
Over the course of her timeless gospel career, Shirley Caesar has released over 30 solo albums to date, forging an innovative sound and inspired ministry, garnering historic accolades including 11 Grammy Awards, 14 Stellar Awards, 18 Dove Awards, and induction into the Gospel Hall of Fame. Traveling the world over in ministry and also pastoring a thriving church at home, the Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC, Caesar’s impact with revered hits such as “You Can Make It,” “He’s Working It Out For You,” “No Charge,” and more has made her one of the most recognized names and voices in gospel music. Read more…
Saunders Music LLC has launched a new web site (www.saundersmusiccompany.com) that attempts to address the needs of the entire worship experience. Providing instantly downloadable tracks after purchase, the selection catalog includes hymns such as “Oh How I Love Jesus”, “Victory Is Mine”, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, and “I Surrender All”. One can also find communion selections for first Sunday services such as “The Blood” and “There Is A Fountain”.
Gospel music has always been an integral part of worship in the black church, ranging from the deep soulful sounds of the spirituals and hymns, to the rich and upbeat selections of the contemporaries. They provoke deep, emotional and inspiring praise and worship, which has led African Americans as a people down through the years. It is “the music that sets the tone and cultivates a fertile ground for God’s spoken word to be received.”
Nashville to Host Historic African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference The First Time in Nashville since 1872
The African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest Black religious denomination in America will hold the 49th Session of the General Conference June 27-July 4, 2012 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN, home of the world famous Fisk University Jubilee Singers.
Nashville is part of the 13th Episcopal District, which comprises the states of Tennessee and Kentucky. The last time the 13th District hosted the General Conference was in 1996 in Louisville, KY., and this year is the first time the conference has been held in Nashville since the late 1800s.
The mission of the AME Church is to minister to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional and environmental needs of all people by spreading Christ’s liberating gospel through word and deed.
In the mean time, black leaders would be smart to get busy registering new voters, and that’s exactly what some black religious leaders are doing with their “Empowerment Movement”, which aims to register one million voters on Easter Sunday. Read more…
THE HOPE CHURCH: A GENUINE INFLUENCE FOR FAITH, COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT, AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
Bishop Allen T.D. Wiggins, Senior Pastor, The Hope Church
Orlando, FL(BlackNews.com) — Under the leadership of Bishop Allen T.D. Wiggins, Senior Pastor of The Hope Church and architect of Hope Center West, a new model program has been created to establish economic partnerships which promise to enhance community infrastructure lasting for generations to come. Read more…