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New CD: Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir, Gospel stars

New CD: Temple of Deliverance Women’s Choir, Gospel stars

Recently, some of the leading ladies in gospel music came together for a power-packed live CD recording at the Temple of Deliverance COGIC, the historic Memphis church founded by the late Bishop G.E. Patterson as Bountiful Blessings Church in 1975.

Aside from being a superior preacher, Bishop Patterson was also known for his spirited traditional gospel recordings of standards such as "My Record Will Be There" and "Inside the Gate." His successor, Superintendent Milton R. Hawkins, is carrying on the musical legacy by partnering with Habakkuk Music to release a new CD entitled, "Pastor Milton R. Hawkins Presents Live In The Sanctuary." The CD features the church's 200-plus voice Temple of Deliverance Church of God in Christ Women's Choir.

The twelve song CD hits stores on Nov. 5th, with the album available at a discounted price of $7.99 on iTunes pre-order prior to the release date.

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The Rev. Rufus Smith next up at Hope Church

The Rev. Rufus Smith next up at Hope Church

The largest church in Memphis – and the second largest Presbyterian Church in the country – has announced a new senior pastor. But he's no stranger to the church.

Hope Church has named the Rev. Rufus Smith IV, its current senior associate pastor, to lead the church. Current Senior Pastor Dr. R. Craig Strickland will maintain a very active and visible role within the church in his new position as founding pastor.

Smith will be installed into his new role the weekend of Nov. 16-17.

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Jeremy Lin: Faith, family, academics & then sports

Jeremy Lin: Faith, family,  academics & then sports

"Linsanity" was born in early 2012 when Jeremy Lin, now the starting point guard for the NBA's Houston Rockets, rose to prominence with the New York Knicks as he was on the verge of being cut.

Lin, who consistently points to his faith as his means of dealing with both disappointment and success, talks here about "Linsanity," the new documentary chronicling both his commitment to Christ and his meteoric rise to superstardom.

Kam Williams: Hi Jeremy, thanks for the interview.

Jeremy Lin: My pleasure, Kam.

KW: Why did you allow a film crew to shoot this documentary, especially since they started following you around while you were still at Harvard, well before you became an overnight NBA sensation? Did you have a hunch about how your story was going to turn out?

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The prayers inside the President’s Blackberry

The prayers inside the President’s Blackberry

Washington – One thing is for sure: I didn't feel ready to send morning devotionals to the next President of the United States.

I was a young staffer, 25 years old, on Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. I had known Obama for a few years, and at the time worked as faith outreach director for his campaign.

In addition to my professional role reaching out to the faith community, I also personally prayed for Obama by myself each day. I had been an associate pastor at a small Pentecostal church in Boston, and my Christian faith was, and is, the guiding force of my life.

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  • Written by Joshua DuBois/Special to CNN

Speaking the language of Spirit

Speaking the language of Spirit

LIVING THE LIFE I LOVE: Dear Lucy: Things have really been mixed up for me lately. I have done some things to the people I love. I have tried to explain to them. But I just can't find the right words. They are all mad at me and I want their understanding and forgiveness. It's like I am speaking a foreign language. I'm all talked out and can't listen to them beat up on me any more.

Dear "all talked out": It really is hard sometimes to explain to yourself and others the reasons for your actions, pain or transgression. Often it seems impossible. And friends and family can be just as confused and hurt as we are. In their confusion they try to make sense of it in ways that just bring more hurt and confusion. Next thing you know, everybody is wallowing in guilt, hurt, shame and guilt.

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African-American clergy push ‘Obamacare’ enrollment

African-American clergy push ‘Obamacare’ enrollment

A team of African-American preachers has sent a letter to President Barack Obama affirming their "commitment to the Affordable Care Act" even as the President has ordered the website overhauled.

"We believe that access to quality health care is a fundamental civil and human right in America. Historically, over seven million African-Americans have been uninsured and denied access to care with devastating consequences. The Affordable Care Act provides African-Americans, along with Americans of all nationalities, access to desperately needed quality health care," states the letter, signed by 14 African-American preachers, all of whom lead major clerical or civic organizations.

"We affirm our support for the Affordable Care Act. We understand that over time aspects of the Act will be revised as government learns more and to-be-expected administrative glitches will be appropriately addressed but it is essential that we work aggressively with what we have right now. We cannot afford to put this off any longer. Any further delay will have catastrophic effects on the nation's uninsured."

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Detroit bishop steps down after same-gender marriage announcement

Detroit bishop steps down after same-gender marriage announcement

Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013 was not a typical day of worship for Bishop Allyson D. Nelson Abrams. For the first time in more than five years, she no longer stood in the pulpit as pastor of Zion Progress Baptist Church, near downtown Detroit, to preach one of her patented fiery sermons that the congregation had become accustom to hearing.

Abrams officially stepped down as pastor on Friday, Oct. 18, after telling her congregation on the previous Sunday that she was married to a same-gender spouse.

In an exclusive interview with the Michigan Chronicle just two days before she resigned, Abrams told her story.

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  • Written by Donald James/Real Times News Service

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