Monday, April 23, 2007

Is Barack Obama's Church A Cult?.....PLEASE!

Somebody hold me back! We cannot win for losing as African Americans. Night after night on television, we constantly get negative images of black people as looters, thugs, pimps, and gangstas as if we don't have any God-given sense at all. What's worse, we've bought into the lie and are doing it to ourselves, promoting degrading and negative self images in videos, in hip hop music, in the movies, and sometimes, even in the church!

But then, there's Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright whose been promoting Afro-centric self love for years while warning about the prosperity gospel, and now, all of a sudden, Barack Obama's church, Trinity United Church of Christ is a cult....please! Of course, Dr. Jeremiah Wright knows how to defend himself. His response to this video to follow!

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

A Woman With A Message From God

By: Minister Angela Lee Price

For those who still believe women are not called to preach the Word of God, you should know it is empowering to many women that God used a woman, Mary Magdalene to deliver the important message, “He is risen.” “Jesus said unto her, "Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father….” (John 20:17- KJV)

Notice what he told her to do, "go and say." Notice what he did not tell her to do, “go and play.” The children are frighten by what has happened. Please go and calm them. He didn’t say, “go and pray.” Some are not going to believe I have risen. You need to pray. He didn’t say “go and lay.” You need to go home and lay down. I need a man to deliver this word. He said "go and say...I ascend to my father."

Finally, notice to whom He instructed her to speak, the brethren. He didn’t send her to women only, a women’s conference, or Women’s Day service, but to the brethren.

Jesus is still giving women important messages today. He is still calling women to preach! Oh, praise God!

Don't miss Festival of Preaching, Friday, April 27th, St. Stephen Church, 1018 South 15th Street. Geneva Nelson, Mercia Frierson, Lonnie Clinkscale, and I will preach initial sermons at 7:00 PM. Call 502-583-6798 for details, or log onto the Jesus Saves Ministries Blog.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Oh, Taste and See! Chicago Mass Choir On LIVE!

Chicago Mass Choir President and CEO Dr. Feranda Nero-Roberts, right, was a guest on Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE! on Friday, March 30th. We discussed the history of Chicago Mass, her thoughts on the direction gospel music is taking, and how Chicago Mass Choir maintains the purity of the gospel in their music.

Angela: Where do you think gospel music is headed in the 21st Century?

Dr. Nero-Roberts: “...It use to really embarrass me, I know in Chicago you have ministries that would be on television and they’re talking, carrying on conversations...We have to step up our craft when it comes to, not only in ministering gospel music, in terms of knowing that this is our reasonable service that we give to God, but knowing that He wants excellence….”

Angela: What are some of the things you do to maintain the purity of the gospel message in the music?

Dr. Nero-Roberts: “Gospel” means “good news” for me, and I think one of the things we have to be very careful of is that it’s Scripture-based. Everything, and I have to say, that’s out today is not Scripture-based. Some of it is a hook to get people to listen, but is it going to be edifying for the soul? Does it relate back to the Scriptures, and is it going to be win people to Christ?”
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Imus and the Ghost of Racism on Jesus Saves LIVE!

The phone rang of the hook last Friday, April, 13th on Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE! Everyone wanted to weigh in on Imus Controversy and the ghost of racism still haunting us. Listeners, all males surprisingly, called the station during the one-hour show as my guests, Rev. Robert Thomas, Evangelism Director, St. Stephen Church, and Karen O’Bannon, author of the book, A Song for You: Parables and Pearls and I discussed the Imus firing, why blacks still debate issues like hair and skin color, and superstition in Christianity.

“Personally, I’ve never in 36 years called any woman a ho, a ‘B,’ too much respect for my mother, too much respect for myself.... In the beginning of time in Genesis One, God didn’t say, “Now let us create hos,” said Rev. Thomas.
Karen O’Bannon read the poem, My Hair wherein she writes, “I wish it didn’t bother me. I wish I didn’t care; But I love/hate having Nappy, high maintenance hair.”

“People either love or hate the poem, but this discussion is needed,” O’Bannon said.
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

I "Mus" Comment Says Sharpton On Imus

The following is AN EXCERPT of a discussion between the Reverend Al Sharpton and Don Imus on Reverend Sharpton's radio show regarding racial comments made on the Don Imus radio show, as recorded by The New York Times. To read the entire transcript,

SHARPTON. This young lady just graduated . . . , went to Temple. She is not a nappy-headed ho, she's my daughter.
IMUS. I understand that.
SHARPTON. And when I heard what you said, I've got to defend my daughter. This is not about whether you're a good man, it's about how you devalue, how my daughters and the daughters of a lot of people listening are going to be looked at in this world. You have anchormen from news, network news, you have senators, you have presidential candidates that come on your show. Are we now saying it's acceptable in the middle of these kind of candidates and these anchormen for you to sit up and call my daughter a ho? That's what we're talking about here?
IMUS. Absolutely not. But why aren't -
SHARPTON. But then, then how can we then say the answer to that is a good guy?
IMUS. Why listen to the same kind of outrage, let me ask you, in the black community when rappers and other people in the black community, athletes in the black community defame and demean black women?
SHARPTON. I am one of them that is outraged.
IMUS. And call them worse names that I ever did.
SHARPTON. I am absolutely outraged by it. I attack it, I disagree with it. I've had friends of mine that used bad raps on radio that was fired. And I do not think that there ought to be two standards. I think you ought to join them.
IMUS. O.K., I think what makes a difference in this context - and you can still call for me to be fired, that's fine - but I think what makes a difference, a crucial difference, is what was my intent? Am I some rabid, racist, vicious person who's on a rampage screaming and got on the radio and turned on the microphone and said, here's what I think these women are? That's not what I did. What I did is repugnant and repulsive and horrible. You know what's horrible about it is here are these young women, who, at the pinnacle of their life and their athletic accomplishment, they played for the national championship of basketball -
SHARPTON. And really suffered to do that, worked hard to do that.
IMUS. - and I ruined it.
SHARPTON. Yeah, and that's the point.
IMUS. Yes, sir, I know that.
SHARPTON. But the point is this: The question is not whether you're a rabid racist with intent. If you commit a crime, intent may be an element, but the crime is still there.
IMUS. I understand that.
SHARPTON. To go to court and say, Your Honor, I didn't intend it. I got up this morning and I really was going to go to work, but I got mad and killed a guy. You still are guilty. The question of intent, you yourself said it was repugnant and all of that. Here's what I hear you saying, Mr. Imus: It is repugnant, it is unbelievable - but let's get past that, go on to the next commercial and I live to curse another day.
IMUS. I didn't say that.
SHARPTON. What are you saying?
IMUS. I didn't say anything.
SHARPTON. That's exactly right.
IMUS. No, I'm -
SHARPTON. You and I agree, you're not saying anything.
IMUS. I'm not saying anything about firing?
SHARPTON. About what - if you don't think your resignation is in order, what do you think the price should be that you pay? Not that I would agree with it. I'm just curious. What do you think?
IMUS. I haven't thought about that.
SHARPTON. I know. Let's bring Reverend Buster Soaries up. Reverend Soaries, you talked with Mr. Imus last -[blip in transmission]
BUSTER SOARIES. . . . whether or not Mr. Imus is a good or bad person.
SHARPTON. Not at all.
SOARIES. And so I'm willing to concede that he's done some good things and perhaps did not intend to offend anybody. I think I'm a good father, but if I'm speeding on the turnpike and get a ticket, I still have to pay for the ticket. In other words, you don't get fined based on your previous good act; you get fined based on your current bad acts. And I think Mr. Imus has proven to be a progressive thinker, probably a liberal, you know, in philosophy. But it really doesn't matter if you slap me with your left hand or your right hand, I've been slapped. And so if Rush Limbaugh slaps me or if Don Imus slaps me, I've been slapped. And I think what we're having problems with is that Don Imus does not fully understand the depth of the impropriety because if he did, then he would understand why you and I can be civil but at the same time ask for his removal -
IMUS. Well, if I understood that, I wouldn't have said it in the first place.
SOARIES. Well, well, and that's our problem.IMUS. Yes, sir.
SOARIES. I mean if a person in your position -IMUS. Yes, sir.
SOARIES. - you've got about 10 million listeners; as Al said, president candidates stop by because they respect your ability to penetrate the marketplace. And if someone with you ideological bent and philosophy can say something that mean-spirited and that damaging, my God, then we don't need enemies.
IMUS. No, I know, you said that last night and I agree. I don't have a good answer.
SHARPTON. Mr. Bryan Monroe is also on, Mr. Imus, who is the head of the National Association of Black Journalists. Byron[as spoken].
BRYAN MONROE. Thank you, Reverend Sharpton, and thank you, Mr. Imus, for coming on Reverend Sharpton's show and standing up and -
IMUS. Yes, sir.
MONROE. - looking us in the eye and telling us what were you thinking.
IMUS. Yes, sir.
MONROE. Mr. Imus, I have a daughter. I think you have a daughter. What would you do if a 67-year-old man went in front of millions of people and called your daughter what you called these women? Mr. Imus, what do you think the consequences of those words should be? Should an apology be enough?
Jesus Saves Ministries discusses the Imus firing, race, and gender in America Friday, April 13th with guests Rev. Robert Thomas, Director of Evangelism, St. Stephen Church, and Karen O'Bannon, author of A Song for You: Parables and Pearls on Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE! 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. on 1350 WLOU. Call 502-776-1350 and say, "I-Mus Comment" and let your voice be heard.
Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Don Imus Fired: Licked By His Own Tongue

Last night, MSNBC did "the right thing" as Spike Lee has said and fired morning talk show host Don Imus of Don Imus In the Morning. I applaud MSNBC for listening to their staff, some of whom are African American and were very offended, advertisers, and consultants on this one as Imus certainly did not need to "go there" with his April 4th racist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Sid Rosenberg should not escape punishment either since he was the one who started and instigated the comments and neither should Bernard McGuirk.
You can say what you want about Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson. I applaud them, too for having the backbone and courage to stand up, not only for the Rutgers team, but for women of color everywhere. Rev. DeForest Soaries, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, the pastor who will be "mediating" Imus' meeting with the basketball team was one of several guests on the Today Show yesterday. He said that had Imus called one of the white women executives at NBC at "white, ugly ho" he would be fired, and that to only suspended Imus for saying something worse about young, black women was a double standard. Thank you MSNBC for doing the right thing.
Here are the April 4th comments that led to Imus' firing and the description.

YouTube Video Description

On the April 4 edition of MSNBC's Imus in the Morning, host Don Imus referred to the Rutgers University women's basketball team, which is comprised of eight African-American and two white players, as "nappy-headed hos" immediately after the show's executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, called the team "hard-core hos." Later, former Imus sports announcer Sid Rosenberg, who was filling in for sportscaster Chris Carlin, said: "The more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like the [National Basketball Association's] Toronto Raptors." McGuirk referred to the NCAA women's basketball championship game between Rutgers and Tennessee as a "Spike Lee thing," adding, "The Jigaboos vs. The Wannabees -- that movie that he had."


Remember, it's not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Angela Lee Price Goes One-On-One With Dr. Julia Hare

By: Angela Lee Price

On March 23rd on Jesus Saves Ministries LIVE!, I went one-on-one with psychologist, author, and highly sought-after speaker Dr. Julia Hare, Executive Director of the Black Think Tank. Dr. Hare is the author of several books including The Black Agenda, and How To Find And Keep A BMW (Black Man Working).

Here is two of several questions:

Angela: There are some who say blacks are the cause for their own problems and they overlook systematic racism.

Dr. Hare: “The disturbing factor here is that you have too many blacks trying to blame the victim. It’s a simple thing to blame a victim for something. We like to blame all the sisters who are trapped in some form of public housing..., we blame the victim when our schools are sub-standard..., when we’re still the last hired and first fired..., we like to look at our federal government and we see there are about 18 female senators and not one is black..., when there are about six female governors and not one is black,...How are you going to blame the victim when the victim is not at the table?”
Angela: As a black nation, where do you see us in the 21st Century?

Dr. Hare: I see us exactly where we going to allow ourselves to be. See, the problem is that we are still sitting back waiting for the very people who helped to put us were we are to come and free us. It just doesn’t happen that way….Nothing can make your life work until you become the architect…. We constantly live under most of the stereotypes, we don’t want to work, and we’re the welfare queens,...they like to say something is wrong with our male-female relationships,... But, what they don’t tell you that in the highest rungs of the society, look at the White House, dysfunctionality there! But that’s never mentioned. It’s only us. They’ll talk about black people living in public housing. George Bush lives in public housing, too! Aren’t you paying for it?... Anytime the public is paying, that’s public housing. We only want to blame ourselves, but not look at some of the external factors.

Now, I realize a lot of this we can correct, and I am convinced that 99% of it we are going to have to correct, but you can’t tip through the tulips if you are going to do that….

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

You've Got Mail From New Jersey!

By: Angela Corley

Angela Lee Price is such a phenomenal woman. She is diligent and intellectual not to mention my first cousin. I'm so blessed that the Lord has given us the opportunity to connect and subsequently establish relationships with each other. It will take some time for us to get use to each other however great relationships build over years. I'm sure my uncle, Angela's father would be so proud of his daughter. I believe that before he passed he asked God for forgiveness.

What makes the relationship I have with my cousin Angela so special, is the fact that we share the same name. Believe it or not, my mother, Carolyn's middle name is also Angela. As soon as I met Angela I was impressed as I told everyone I work with who she is and what contributions she has made. It's a great feeling to have successful individuals in your family.

Far too often, African Americans separate themselves from one another which is such a set back for the African American race. If we get together and unite we would have the potential to be a powerful race.

One of my goals, among many, is to become an advocate of unity among African Americans. I also would like to work with juvenile delinquents to assist in diminishing the ideology that they cannot achieve and are products of their environments. Far too many people have proven that theory wrong including myself.

I just want to thank Angela for acknowledging the family and to keep up the good work.

Angela Corley's comments are in response to Angela Lee Price's post The Women On My Father's Side.

Angela Corley is a Reading Coordinator, English Department, Middlesex County College in New Jersey. She has Associate's and Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She will be pursuing a M.S. and Ed.S. in the fall.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!


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