Saturday, January 28, 2012







Oprah’s “Next Chapter” To Feature Bishop TD Jakes

Oprah’s “Next Chapter” To Feature Bishop TD Jakes
Written by Elev8 Staff on January 26, 2012 9:30 am 

The Oprah Winfrey Network confirmed Tuesday that as part of her new prime-time series, “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” Winfrey will interview Bishop T.D. Jakes, founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas.

“The series, which features Oprah as she steps outside of the studio for riveting, enlightening and in-depth conversations with newsmakers, celebrities, thought leaders and real-life families, will expand to air part two of her in-depth interviews starting Monday, January 30,” the network announced.

Winfrey will be visiting Jakes at his 30,000-member church, but the network did not reveal when the visit will be made nor when the recording of her visit with the megachurch pastor would air. Jakes, also an author and filmmaker, broadcasts his sermons on “The Potter’s Touch,” which airs on a variety of Christian broadcasting networks, including Trinity Broadcasting Network and Black Entertainment Television.According to the Dallas pastor’s official website, Jakes has been named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine and ranks among the 25 Most Influential African-Americans.

Winfrey previously interviewed televangelist Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

If Jakes’ interview is anything like Osteen’s, viewers will be discussing the episode long after it airs. In their Jan. 8 interview, Winfrey questioned Osteen on his ego, the criticism he receives from both nonbelievers and believers, and his monetary income.

Gospel Reading Saturday 3rd week of the year

Gospel Acclamation

Alleluia, alleluia!
God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son:
everyone who believes in him has eternal life.

Gospel Mark 4:35-41

With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, ‘Master, do you not care? We are going down!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ And the wind dropped, and all was calm again. Then he said to them, ‘Why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?’ They were filled with awe and said to one another, ‘Who can this be? Even the wind and the sea obey him.’

William McDowell - Arise: The Live Worship Experience

The Black Gospel Blog: William McDowell - Arise: The Live Worship Experience

William McDowell

Arise: The Live Worship Experience

Light Records/eOne Entertainment (2011)

By Bob Marovich for The Black Gospel Blog.

From musician and studio "steward" to worship leader, accidental Internet sensation and Billboard charting artist, to performer on the stage of the Stellars, the last several years have been an amazing ride for William McDowell. But as Martha Munizzi told TBGB, it’s time the rest of the world knew about McDowell.

Light Records has done its part to make that happen. Recorded in December 2010 at Christian Life Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, McDowell’s two-CD Arise: The Live Worship Experience is exactly as billed. It is a two-hour worship experience, a continuous praise jam session that builds in intensity on Disc One and incrementally drops the blood pressure throughout Disc 2.

McDowell works squarely within the P&W subgenre, best known for songs with uncomplicated major key melodies, gentle arrangements, and the capacity to be extended for so long that even legendary jam groups such as the Grateful Dead and Phish would pause in admiration. Still, some of McDowell’s pieces possess melodies somewhat outside of traditional P&W fare. His talent for songwriting is particularly evident on “All I Want is You,” which is a better and potentially longer-lasting composition than the gentle and hypnotic Internet sensation, “I Give Myself Away,” reprised here in a medley with “Yes.”

Perhaps the most distinctive part of Arise is its opening, which eschews the typical bouncy praise song for a dramatic narration of the world’s major problems, including illiteracy, poverty, hunger and the impact of natural disasters. The notion of praying for the world, not one’s self, is reinforced later in the project. By concluding the experience with “I Won’t Go Back,” McDowell recapitulates the CD set’s overarching theme of belief in God's ability to solve even the largest problems.

The guest vocalists pay tribute to the multiculturalism of P&W music. Sisters Martha Munizzi and Mary Alessi, Josh Dufrene, and David and Nicole Binion all make appearances. McDowell sings one of Munizzi’s songs, “Wait,” which features a lovely vocal lead by Stacey Joseph, a solo artist in her own right.

The musicians on Arise are top-notch and the backing vocalists are so tight and professional as a chorus they could make money singing television commercials and jingles. 

Down the road, historians may argue whether Texas (Houghton, Binion, Dufrene) or Florida (Munizzi, Alessi, McDowell) is the Praise & Worship capitol. Regardless, William McDowell gathered the team together in sunny Fort Lauderdale for two hours of no-nonsense worship, and the result is available to everyone.