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Lender Discrimination May Be Pushing Black Churches Into Bankruptcy

Lender Discrimination May Be Pushing Black Churches Into Bankruptcy Predominantly African American congregations make up one-fifth of U.S. religious congregations but three-fifths of church Chapter 11 filings. by Patrick Clark (Bloomberg) A long line of research shows that black consumers pay higher rates for credit, includingmortgages and car loans. A new study suggests the same kind of financial discrimin ...

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Carson Struggles With Black Church Leaders

Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson spoke to the congregation at Cornerstone Family Church in Des Moines, Iowa, last weekend. Black church leaders say he's had a much easier time connecting with predominantly white congregations than with their churches because of his political views and statements he has made on the campaign trail. ALANA WISE AND JAMES OLIPHANT When David Bullock, a minister a ...

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Gospel Artist J. Santana Gathers the Word of Gospel

Lyrically Sound Enterprises and Let's Talk Gospel presented “The Gathering,” musical showcase to unite wholesome Contemporary Christian and Gospel music together at the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair, Saturday, November 8. The music fest featured Multi-Stellar Award Winner DeWayne Woods and Friends and Gospel Artist J. Santana. The Gathering was a night filled with diverse, creative ministry from al ...

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Zander Kicks Off 140th East Annual AME Conference

The Reverend Dr. Marvin C. Zanders, II and the disciples of Saint Paul AME Church, headlined the opening Business Session of the 140th Session of the East Annual Conference, Tuesday, November 3rd at The Omni Hotel. A warm welcome was extended to guests, the Jacksonville community and the entire constituency of the African Methodist Episcopal Church to attend the East Annual Conference. The 140th Session of ...

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Kingdom Anointing Deliverance Celebrates Appreciation Banquet Birthday and Ministry

An Appreciation Banquet for Apostle Barbara A. Bines of Kingdom Anointing Deliverance Ministry was held to celebrate her birthday and 20 years of ministry. Friends and well-wishers flocked to laud this woman of God’s faithful service which by her own admission was overwhelming. The banquet was held at the Raddison Hotel on Salisbury Road. Pictured is Apostle Barbara A. Bines surrounded by family and friends ...

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Rumor Has It, They Knew You When

By James Washington Special to the NNPA from the Dallas Weekly I’m not sure whether or not I’ve talked about my faith walk from the point of view of those individuals who have tracked my progress from the beginning until now. They seem to have fallen into two quite different categories. The first group who noticed included those Christians around me, who like me, rejoiced in my rebirth. A lot of the columns ...

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Spirit or Rule of Law?

by James Washington Special to the NNPA from The Dallas Weekly This means more to me now than when it was written back in the day. Have you ever wondered how a lawyer feels, who knows his or her client is guilty of a crime, but is able to get that person off based on a legal technicality? According to our legal system, the person is innocent. But actually that person is as guilty as, shall we say, sin. I’ve ...

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Black Methodist Leaders Organize for Justice

By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Flanked by images of the nine men and women at Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C., and the four little girls killed in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., among other victims of racial violence, a coalition of Black Methodist leaders stepped squarely into the current fight for racial justice. The coaliti ...

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92-year-old Woman Forced Out of Church Because She Couldn’t Afford to Pay Tithes

By A.R. Shaw, Rolling Out Josephine King, 92, has been a member of the First African Baptist Church in Bainbridge, Georgia, for 50 years, but leaders at the church have revoked her membership due to her financial difficulties. According to WALB, King discovered that she was kicked out of the church after receiving a letter from Sr. Pastor Derrick Mike. The letter states that King was no longer a member beca ...

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Bishop T.D. Jakes: LGBT Community Should Receive Respect and Equal Protection

Bishop T.D. Jakes thinks it is “absolutely” possible for the LGBT and black communities to coexist. Jakes, who joined HuffPost Live on Monday, opened up to host Marc Lamont-Hill about his thoughts on the relationship between these communities. “I think that it’s going to diverse from church to church every church has a different opinion on the issue and every gay person is different,” Jakes said. While Jake ...

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