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Everything wrong with the video of man ‘delivered from being gay’

Everything wrong with the video of man ‘delivered from being gay’

The “I don’t like mens no more” video has gone viral. The almost seven-minute long clip purports to show a young man being “delivered” from homosexuality during the COGIC 107th Holy Convocation. There are so many things wrong with this video, but I’d like to highlight the most glaring eyebrow-raising moments.

The huge overarching note of wrongness that rings throughout the video is the notion that being gay is something that could and should be prayed away.  It’s painful to watch the bowtie-clad gentleman proclaim himself to be free of being gay. His church stomping, speaking in tongues performance is not quite believable. He seems to be trying to convince himself more so than the congregation. He lists the things he no longer desires to do such as carrying a purse and wearing make-up. Umm, sir. You can be a gay man and not wear make-up and not carry a purse. There’s no hard evidence, but I’d venture to say that most gay men don’t carry purses and wear make-up. If you’re going to ask the Lord to un-gay you, ask for more substantive changes.  Better yet, own the fact that you’re gay and extract yourself from any institution that makes you feel less-than for having a consensual relationship with another adult.

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St. Andrew AME Church celebrates 148th church anniversary

St. Andrew AME Church celebrates 148th church anniversary


St. Andrew A.M.E. Church has been ministering to the Memphis community for 148 years. On Sunday, Nov. 9, the Honorable Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake, the innovative pastor of the 23,000-member Greater Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica, New York, is the guest preacher for both the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

During his pastorate, Allen AME has become one of the nation’s foremost Christian churches and development corporations. Flake served 11 years in the U.S. Congress, followed by a stint as president of Wilberforce College.

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Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church to install 22-year-old pastor

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church to install 22-year-old pastor

An abiding sense of optimism will color the service at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church this Sunday, Nov. 9th, as the church installs its new 22-year-old pastor, the Rev. Ashton Alexander.

Located at 491 McLemore near Wellington, a banquet will be held on Friday, Nov. 6th celebrating his pastoral position, with the official installation service to take place two days later during regular services.  

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  • Written by Tony Jones

Too stressed to be blessed

Too stressed to be blessed

Black folks lead the nation in church-going, praise-dancing, shouting, call-and-response, and “whoopin.” We like to “get our church on” and feel good while doing so. We do our holy dances and run down the aisles to lay our money at the feet of preachers, some of whom “anoint” it, by stepping on it, before they spend it. During a 2 to 3-hour period on Sundays, black churchgoers display their finest clothing, which in many cases pretentiously shrouds our misery, pain, anger, contempt, double-lives, and any number of issues we face during the other six days of the week.

For some, church service is a release, an ecstatic elixir for what ails us – at least for a few hours. It is a time for us to exchange pleasantries with others: “How are you this morning?” “Fine, just fine” is the usual reply, despite knowing all along that we are stressed out about something. We have all the sayings down pat. “Too anointed to be disappointed;” “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good” (That one is quite true); and “I’m too blessed to be stressed,” just to name a few. But what is really behind the masks that we wear? What is beneath the fine clothes and the forced smiles?

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The true ‘Church Folks Revolution’

The true ‘Church Folks Revolution’

I read an article today by “TJ” of Church Folks Revolution, pimppreacher.com which he titled, “Dear Jim Crow I Think We Need You: What Happened to Black Preachers After 1965.”

“TJ” is an advocate…let me rephrase that. “TJ” is the only activist for social justice within the church that I know of, or ever have known directly. While I don’t agree with the wrath, anger, and searing harsh judgments that he passes on to all of us preachers…the brother has some very good intentions, and most times I agree with him. His site is a daily expose’ unfortunately (or fortunately) of the underbelly of the modern day church, and he always has his facts straight. I checked.

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The Bishop’s daughter at 94

The Bishop’s daughter at 94

Earlier this month, Ruth Mason Lewis made a rare social visit to the Germantown home of her cousin, Eugene Phillips, for what she knew would be an unforgettable celebration of his birthday. Imagine her delight and surprise when she made her way around the table and discovered that the cake actually said, “Happy Birthday Ruth.”

The evening was, indeed, memorable!

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  • Written by Dr. Sybill C. Mitchell

The a cappella choir of Wiley College to perform

The a cappella choir of Wiley College to perform

The a cappella choir of Wiley College will be in concert this fall at Metropolitan Baptist Church, 767 Walker Ave., at 10 a.m. during the church’s morning worship service, and again at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 60 South Parkway East, at 4 p.m. for George Washington Carver High School. The tour begins Nov. 9.

This is the 5th annual concert benefiting the high school. The evening program will honor the Carver Class of ’64, which will be celebrating their 50th anniversary. Also, as an extra added highlight this year, Carver’s contributions to Stax Records, along with some special guests, will be recognized.

 

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