*Bishop Larry D. Trotter of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago- recently announced to his congregation and associate churches that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on May 22nd.
The initial diagnosis came during Bishop Trotter’s annual physical in March of 2013 and was confirmed by tests. Doctors have informed Bishop Trotter that the cancer is in its earliest stages and that his prognosis is good.
“Thanks to routine screening this was diagnosed early and I expect a full and speedy recovery,” saysBishop Trotter. Trotter adds, “After reviewing all the options with multiple physicians, I decided to take a proactive approach and have surgery.”
“Additionally, I am encouraged that God will heal me of this as he has done other illnesses in the past. Sweet Holy Spirit Church and friends are fighting with and for me…I KNOW A MAN”.
Bishop Trotter is prepping to release his forthcoming album with his church choir Sweet Holy Spirit Combined Choir entitled PRAISE UNLIMITED on June 25.
The album’s lead single “I Know A Man” is rising on the Billboard Top Gospel Singles Chart and is currently at #43 and gaining momentum.
*(Via Total Prayze) – Tye Tribbett’s new single “If He Did It Before … Same God” enters at No. 1 on iTunes.
The single is also No. 17 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Singles chart. And his Motown Gospel debut project, Greater Than, will be in stores on June 4, says TotalPrayze.com.
On the historic night of the launch of Motown Gospel at the Arc Theatre in Los Angeles, Grammy nominated and multiple Stellar Award-winner, Tye Tribbett performed “If He Did It Before…Same God” and other new music from his Motown Gospel debut album, Greater Than, for a standing room audience of over a 1,000 industry VIPs and supporters from all over the country. With additional performances by Tribbett’s label mates Smokie Norful, Kierra Sheard and Tasha Cobbs, the Motown Gospel showcase was streamed live to nearly 200,000 viewers.
Tribbett opened this season of BET’s Celebration of Gospel, where he performed his new single. “We at Motown Gospel are thrilled with our partnership with Tye and his ministry,” says Larry Blackwell, General Manager and Vice President of Motown Gospel. “His new song and upcoming album are sure to positively impact lives and re-establish his sound and music in 2013 and beyond.”
Plans are underway for a promotional tour in May and June. “Tye’s one-of-a-kind brand is on full display on his new project,” says Karen Jackson, Director of Marketing of Motown Gospel. “As we market the uniqueness of his music, ministry and style, we will continue to build his platform and create opportunities in the gospel and urban mainstream arenas.”
Read more at Total Prayze.
*We don’t hear a lot about people waiting for sex anymore, but there are increasing numbers of empowered Christian women refusing to give their bodies away before marriage, says EEW Magazine.
Boxing champ Evander Holyfield’s 27-year-old daughter, Evette Holyfield, is one of them.
In an interview with Essence.com, Holyfield opens up about how, at first, her father and later, her Christian faith, played a huge role in her decision to wait.
“We grew up in a Christian home. When I was around six years old, my dad said to me, ‘You don’t need to have sex outside of marriage.’ He went through the whole spiel with me. So as I grew up, I thought, okay dad, if you don’t want me to do it, I’m not gonna do it,” she shares.
Read the full interview at EEW Magazine.
*Take it from Keyshia Cole, marriage counseling works.
Her hubby Daniel Gibson was at first a bit hesitant to seek professional therapy for their marriage, but over time, he realized it was necessary.
“At first, I didn’t believe in it. I’m a strong Christian, so I believed that, like, you go to God and you fix it and you pray about it, but sometimes you do need a different opinion,” Daniel told Essence.com.
But it ain’t easy. Keyshia admits it’s work staying happily married.
“Once I get upset, there’s kind of no turning back,” the singer explained. “He knows that that’s not fair, and I know that’s not fair. Sometimes I really get caught up in my emotions and I’m really good at it. So, like our psychiatrist says, I have to try to do ‘the unnatural thing.’ So, I’m trying.”
The couple is happily married, but they’ve got to work to spend time together since their schedules are so busy.
*If you’ve been feeling like an underperforming christian or a little sedentary because you’re retired or working a job that keeps you at a desk all day, have no fear … Christian Chair Aerobics are here!
A gospel chair aerobics instructor, we assume is Paul Eugene, has developed a routine for those that are not getting the workout they need.
If you’re going to buy those dinners filled with fried chicken, potato salad, greens, and cornbread after service, (more…)
Ron Brown, 55, assistant coach for University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is under fire for anti-gay comments.
*Some of us have a strong negative opinion on the issue of homosexuality.
A lot of that opinion is based in religious thought based on the spiritual text of each belief system.
But some of us are a little more vocal and some downright violent in expressing their anti-gay beliefs.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Assistant Coach, Ron Brown, 55, is one of those people who has a lot to say about those who are homosexuals and he is facing (more…)
Ariane Noelle Patterson died on her 21st birthday hours after thanking God on Twitter for her life.
*Every day we use various social networks to express our thoughts.
Those thoughts range anywhere from the most insignificant and trivial to some of the most poignant words on life and other topics.
One young woman took to Twitter as she turned 21 and thanked “God for another year of life” when hours later, she suddenly collapsed and died.
*Nigeria’s main opposition leader accused the government of incompetence on Monday after Islamist militants killed more than two dozen people in Christmas Day attacks on churches and other targets, says Reuters.
Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner and former military ruler who lost a presidential election in April to incumbent Goodluck Jonathan (pictured), a Christian southerner, told a Nigerian daily that the government was slow to respond and had shown indifference to the bombings.
The attacks, described by the country’s top broadsheet daily, Thisday, as ”Nigeria’s blackest Christmas ever,” risk reopening old wounds and reviving tit-for-tat sectarian violence between the mostly Muslim north and largely Christian south, which has claimed thousands of lives in the past decade.
Read the full story here.
*A recently published study headed by Norwegian researchers found that there is a correlation between religious practice and lower blood pressure, says Black Christian News.
In research published in the International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, researchers concluded that lower blood pressure can be linked to church attendance. Dr. Harold G. Koenig, one of the authors of the research, told The Christian Post that this study was one of many that has shown this trend.
“About two-thirds of the research, now over 60 quantitative studies, report that those who are more religiously active have significantly lower blood pressure,” said Koenig.
Koenig also said he believes the cause of lowered blood pressure was based strongly on what people experienced while attending church.
“It is a lot more complex of a relationship than simply going to church and your blood pressure decreasing,” said Koenig.
Christian Rapper Jesus' Daughter calls out Jay-Z and others in the rap and gospel word in her rap.
*It is now clear to me after seeing notable Christians like Bishop Eddie Long and the Rev. Jesse Jackson publicly experience their trials and tribulations that some of the congregations might be getting the wrong message. But now the message is coming out in song … I mean, rap! (more…)
*Overprotective. Shallow. Repressive. These are all words some Christian youth have used to describe their faith experience, says CBN.com.
That perception undoubtedly explains why recent studies show more than half of all Christian teens and 20-somethings are distancing themselves from today’s Church.
The Barna group, a nonpartisan research company, has found that almost 60 percent of young people ages 15-29 have left active involvement.
This phenomenon has been examined by researcher David Kinnaman in his new book,You Lost Me: Why Young Christians Are Leaving Church and Rethinking Faith.
Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, explains the reasoning behind the mass exodus and how the Christian community has failed to equip young adults to live “in but not of” the world.
Read more at CBN.com.
*The Daily Mail reports that a 12-year-old Christian girl was kidnapped and repeatedly raped for eight months in Pakistan by a man who then falsified marriage documents with her, it was claimed today.
The girl was lured on a shopping trip in Lahore by a friend, before she was driven 120 miles to Tandianwalla and raped by the friend’s uncle in January this year.
Two days later, she was forced to sign papers consenting to marriage with the man and beaten for refusing to convert from Christianity to Islam.
She was then held against her will for eight months, before managing to escape and contact her family.
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has said the rapists have not been arrested because of their affiliation with a militant Muslim organisation – the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.
Read the full story at dailymail.co.uk.
*The Southern Baptist Convention, which is the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, is giving serious thought to changing its name in order to better reach people for Jesus Christ, according to the Christian Post.
But changing a 166-year-old name that 16 million members reportedly identify with is expected to spark some heated debate. Emotions were already high when SBC President Bryant Wright placed the proposal on the table on Monday.
“Vigorous and emotional discussion over potential SBC name change now on floor of SBC Executive Committee,” R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, tweeted Monday.
“There is much emotion & memory invested in the SBC name question, as well as hope among others. Hard family talks are the hardest,” he added.
A presidential task force has been set up to study a possible name change.
Wright explained that the denomination’s name poses some barriers, especially in church planting efforts, noting that it’s “so regional,” as reported by Baptist Press.
“[A] name change could position us to maximize our effectiveness in reaching North America for Jesus Christ in the 21st century,” he stated.
Read more at The Christian Post.
*He is a good Christian, Michael is telling his two therapists. He goes to church most Sundays. He’s a devoted husband and father of two daughters, he explains to CNN.
“But when I would leave on business trips,” he says, “I knew I was going to get to be someone else.”
“Prostitutes, porn – I took anything I wanted.”
Sitting on a comfortable, worn couch, Michael glances out the window and sees a reflection of himself set against the parking lot of this suburban Atlanta office building. He fidgets, runs his fingers over his closely cropped blond hair and straightens his green tennis polo. He clears his throat.
Above his head hangs a poster covered in words describing feelings – angry, anxious, sad. On it is a big yellow cross.
Therapists Richard Blankenship and Mark Richardson wear solemn but empathetic expressions. Certified counselors and Christian ministers, they tell him they know how to listen and nod for him to continue.
“I’ve had a record of purity since March when I confessed to my wife,” says Michael, whose name has been changed by CNN.com to protect his privacy. “No porn, no masturbation.”
Read the full story here.
*While President Obama and the rest of the nation spent Memorial Day paying tribute to American veterans, doomsday preacher Harold Camping predicted Monday that corpses of the “unsaved,” which includes those in the U.S. Armed Services, will be flung out of their graves and on the ground like “manure” on October 21, according to The Christian Post.com.
Camping’s comments during the Open Forum program on Family Radio Monday came one week after he publicly recanted his predicted date of Rapture, changing it from May 21 to October 21.
He has persistently maintained that his dates for a May 21 Judgment Day and a October 21 Doomsday are accurate. The only adjustment in his forecast, according to Camping, is that the judgment on May 21 came in a “spiritual” sense rather than a physical one marked by disasters like earthquakes.
Judgment Day on May 21 did come, asserted Camping. However, he clarified that the Judgment Day arrived in a spiritual sense rather than manifesting in a physical Rapture.
On Monday, a caller asked Camping whether they would see any signs from Deuteronomy 28, beginning with verse 15, fulfilled in the coming End Days. The passage refers to the curse of God for those who disobey his teachings.
Read more here.