How Some of America’s Favorite Christian Pastors Are Addressing Coronavirus aka COVID-19 & More…

 

Hello World,

I’m not going to church today, and I don’t feel good about it. And you already know why I’m not there. In fact, some of you are probably attending Bedside Baptist with me as social distancing has become the norm to prevent the spread of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus aka COVID-19.

As a woman of faith, I still find myself grappling with fear. The verse 2 Timothy 1:7 comes to mind. “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” So on on the one hand, if God has not given me the spirit of fear, why should I fear this novel virus?  I should be in church this morning among believers because why fear. But then on the other hand, my sound mind, which was given to me by God, tells me that if our world’s greatest healthcare leaders says that we should practice social distancing and to not play with this new sickness then I should be within the confines of my home this morning. I’ve come to the conclusion that this verse should be treated as a seesaw. I don’t think I should be stifled by fear so much so that I’m in a catatonic state because the end is near, but at the same time, I shouldn’t be so cavalier that I think I’m superhuman. It’s a tenuous balance for sure, but that’s where I am today.

Since I’m no theologian, I’ve been researching what our favorite pastors have to say on this topic because I expect them to have better understanding than I do. As the Word says, not everyone should be a teacher, because there higher standards for those who do so. But below are some videos and news articles that demonstrate how pastors are responding to COVID-19.

Bishop T.D. Jakes…

Dr. Charles Stanley…

Pastor Rick Warren…

Dr. Tony Evans…

Believe it or not, some Christian pastors have been diagnosed with coronavirus. Below are some news stories I found as I searched…

“Lubbock Pastor: I Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus” by Justin Massound

Excerpt: “I wanted to let everyone know that the COVID-19 virus has been confirmed as of today,” said Pastor Javier Castaneda. “I tested positive for the coronavirus. So I just wanted to put this out as a notice for people who I have been in contact with. The instructions are the same. Keeping an eye on your symptoms and paying close attention to them for 14 days from the time we were in contact with each other.” See more at: kfyo.com.

“Virginia Church Community Prays for Pastor With Coronavirus” by Darcy Spencer

Excerpt: Crossroads Baptist Church Pastor Kenny Baldwin has stepped down from the pulpit after testing positive for coronavirus. News4’s Darcy Spencer spoke with Baldwin’s brother about how he is recovering. See more at: nbcwashington.com.

“Atlanta Pastor Shares Coronavirus Battle” by Beth Galvin

Excerpt: Scott Armstrong’s world has suddenly become very small. The 48-year-old Lead Pastor of City Church-Eastside in Atlanta is quarantined with COVID-19. He’s in the same house, but is physically separated from his wife Kerstin and 3 daughters. See more at: fox5atlanta.com. 

How are your favorite pastors addressing coronavirus?

Any thoughts?

NEW MUSIC: Kierra Sheard “It Keeps Happening (Live)” – Available Now!

Hello World,

GRAMMY® nominated and Stellar Award-winning inspirational artist and actress, Kierra Sheard, released her latest single, “It Keeps Happening,” which she co-wrote with her brother, producer and songwriter, J. Drew Sheard, II. Coming on the heels of her popular anthem “Don’t Judge Me,” featuring Missy Elliott, “It Keeps Happening” is the latest offering from Sheard’s highly anticipated sixth album, KIERRA (Karew Entertainment / RCA Inspiration), which will release on April 17, 2020.

Sheard, who began performing professionally at the age of nine, continues to showcase her versatility and growth as an artist on the uplifting tune, where she sings about God directing her in every area of her life and continually opening doors. She says, “I started seeing how God was just moving in my life and connecting me with the right people that would push me into purpose”.

In addition to releasing “It Keeps Happening” and preparing for the release of KIERRA, Sheard will co-star in the biopic, The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel, which is premiering on Lifetime on Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 8/7c. In the film she portrays her mother, legendary gospel artist, Karen Clark Sheard. Also, Sheard can be seen hosting the 35th Annual Stellar Awards Pre-Show happening in Las Vegas, NV on March 26th and performing on the 35th Stellar Awards, which will air on BET on Sunday, April 5th at 8/7c. She is also continuing to expand Eleven60, the popular clothing line that she created to cater to full-figured women. Listen to “It Keeps Happening” below.

“It Keeps Happening” is available now via all major digital platforms and KIERRA is available for pre-order / pre-add.

Any thoughts?

BET+ & Tyler Perry Studios Set March 19 Premiere Date For New Original Drama, ‘Tyler Perry’s Ruthless’

Hello World,

BET+ announced the new original drama from Tyler Perry, “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless,” will premiere Thursday, March 19, 2020, exclusively across all platforms the service is available. Three episodes, of the 24-episode one-hour drama, will be available to stream with new episodes launching every Thursday. “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” is the first new original series from Tyler Perry to stream on BET+, a joint venture between BET Networks and Tyler Perry Studios. The series continues BET+’s mission to deliver a spectrum of original and compelling stories.

“Tyler Perry’s Ruthless,” a spin-off of the hit television series “Tyler Perry’s The Oval,” tells the riveting story of a woman named Ruth who kidnaps her young daughter to join her in the dark underworld of a fanatical religious cult. “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” stars Melissa L. Williams, Matt Cedeño, Lenny D. Thomas, Yvonne Senat Jones, Baadja-Lyne Odums, Jaime Callica, Nirine S. Brown, Blue Kimble, Stephanie Charles, Hervé Clermont, Anthony Bless, and Bobbi Baker.

“Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” is executive produced, written, and directed by Tyler Perry. Michelle Sneed will also serve as Executive Producer of the series for Tyler Perry Studios.

For more information about “Tyler Perry’s Ruthless” and BET+ visit the network’s official page at BET.com, and join the conversation on social on the show’s official channels @JoinTheHighest (Instagram:Twitter).

Any thoughts?