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Few artists enter the industry with an endorsement from R&B Superstar Patti LaBelle. But few artists have the talent and expertise of Dileesa Hunter. A vocal coach extraordinaire, Dileesa was the winner of the national singing contest of GRAMMY Award Winners Mary Mary. Sponsored by WETV, the sister duo scouted the country for the best singer and Dileesa emerged as the winner. Now hot on the heels of that success, the wife of Stellar Award Winner and Dove Award Nominee Kendall Hunter, Dileesa Hunter has just released a brand new single, “I Need You”.
Gospel Today presents “This Week” explores the topics, people and issues impacting our world from the perspective of faith to answer the question, “How can we live out the Gospel today?” This week, join in on the discussion about the popular TV show, “Preachers of L.A.” The show has gotten heated reviews by those who think it is a mockery of the Gospel and of the office of pastor. Others have praised the show as a 21st century example of taking the hope of Jesus to millions in an unconventional forum. This week, our co-hosts address what’s right and what’s wrong with “The Preachers of L.A.” Please share your comments below. We want to know what you think! – See more at: http://www.gospeltoday.com/blog/2013/11/12/gospel-today-presents-this-week-preachers-of-l-a/#sthash.lGOkn4G2.dpuf
We remember the life of a great man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He fought for the equality of people across racial, cultural, and ethnic lines. He pushed so that people would be judged by their merit and their character, rather than the amount of melanin in their skin. And though some nowadays try to speak in place of the late Dr. King and say what he would support had he lived, we know that Dr. King’s fight was a fight of holiness. So where are the modern-day Dr. Kings? Where are the reformers who will stand for holiness? Today, we don’t often battle against the racial injustices of Dr. King’s day. Society has, for the most part, accepted this to be reality. But now we battle another issue. The fight for life. Ushered in on the wings of black preachers, Margaret Sanger and her Planned Parenthood has made herself an idol to our people. This woman who spoke and was encored by the Ku Klux Klan. This woman who gave inspiration the eugenicist policies of the Nazis. This woman we have made our Saviour. We sacrifice our children at the altars of “sexual freedom,” “women’s health,” and pleasure without consequences and make ourselves no different than the Ancient Moabites and Ammonites who sacrificed to Chemosh and Molech. Image courtesy of Carm.org Image courtesy of Carm.org If I take to Facebook and speak against this diabolical legacy, I am greeted by comments from black women about how they received health care from Planned Parenthood when they couldn’t get it from anyone else which then begs the question: is Planned Parenthood a gift or the Trojan Horse of the Black Community? In 2010, Planned Parenthood aborted 333,964 babies in actual medical procedures. Yet if their stats are correct (which I am […]
Have you ever wondered who “They” are? In many planning and strategy sessions at ministries across the country, this mystery group or clique known as “They” always show up with an amazing list of expectations “They” have for the ministry. “They” have needs which tend to drive ministry programming, budget decisions and ministry planning. But interestingly enough, no one is quite sure exactly who “They” are. For most ministry leaders, we just know that “They” exist. Of course, “They” are the people in our pews. Unfortunately, ministry leaders are regularly guessing at what’s happening in the lives of the people who make up their congregation so we also guess at what their desires are for their local church. Some assumptions are spot on and hit the bull’s eye right in the center. For example, any church today that is helping people deal with employment issues would be pretty accurate considering this economy. But how you do that should be approached by engaging “They” in the conversation of how. With some clear strategies of getting feedback from them, you will discover some amazing and creative ways to invest in their lives in a meaningful way. Here are 4 tips for decoding the needs of your congregation: Your church can provide a monthly and/or quarterly environment where idea sharing takes place. You could call it Discovery Place or Vision Night or Family Talk. The point is to get everyone talking about the forward direction of the ministry. Your Pastor and Senior Leadership Team should regularly engage in strategic sessions to evaluate not just the “What” of your ministry, but the “How” of your ministry? The “What” focuses on the Vision and Mission, while the “How” focuses on the methods and strategies of implementation. Do you evaluate why you do meetings on Tuesday […]
From all accounts, in today’s culture, people are tired of meetings. According to INFOCOMM, 11 million meetings occur in the U.S. every day. That’s a lot of meetings! Unnecessary meetings cost our companies productivity dollars, drains employee focus, creates frustration, causes malaise on staff teams, and can bog projects down. All of this causes us to develop a negative approach to meetings and often work to avoid them. This immediately puts us in a defensive mode when meetings are scheduled and suggested. Some would humorously argue that most of those happen in and around churches. Churches host lots of meetings. While some meetings are unnecessary, there are some that are warranted and needed. Without a doubt, some of these meetings are huge time wasters and amount to busy work. But there are clearly some meetings that every church should host on a regular basis. I’d like to suggest 8 meetings that every church, regardless of size, should regularly commit to. Each meeting should be clear on who needs to be at the table and what the end result should be. 1. Strategy Meetings: Without clear strategies, systems, and effective execution, church vision’s become nightmares. Every church must identify the gathering place for those that are committed to working on ministry strategy and planning. These big picture conversations should be thought-out and approached in a way that is structured, yet fluid. These meetings are also important to help clarify what to say ‘Yes’ to on our calendar and activities and also what to say ‘No’ to. The recommended frequency of these meetings should be monthly. 2. Budget Meetings: Facts are your friend and numbers don’t lie. Vision is awesome, but without the funds it becomes a daydream. How you allocate, save, and direct your dollars and resources speaks to your values, […]