Jacqueline J. Holness (ME) Writes Racial Reconciliation Cover Story for Christianity Today!

Latasha Morrison/ Photograph by Ben Rollins

Hello World,

I’m so excited because recently I was blessed with the assignment of writing a cover story about racial reconciliation as it pertains to the church in Atlanta for Christianity Today, one of the foremost publications in the Christian world! Although it is a thorny topic without question and I certainly wish we didn’t have to continue highlighting this issue, I’m glad that I am continuing the work of my father, who is passionate about this topic. In fact, he created a newsletter for the Christian church, hosted an annual Racial Reconciliation Service each January (to coincide with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and traveled to speaking engagements to address racial reconciliation. Additionally, my father is the one who introduced me to Christianity Today magazine when I was only reading VIBE, Essence, The Source and similar magazines back in the day.

Well, my article “Racial Reconciliation Is Still a Dream for Atlanta Christians” is now available for you to read. Below is the beginning of the article and you can click on the link below the excerpt to read the rest.

Dhati Lewis set out to start a church that could be a blueprint for urban discipleship, a church “in the city, for the city, that looks like the city.” But first, he needed a city.

A decade ago, he left the college town of Denton, Texas, for Atlanta, an urban hub four times larger. With him came 25 longtime ministry partners, including rappers Lecrae and Sho Baraka and pastor John Onwuchekwa. Together they planted Blueprint Church in the Old Fourth Ward, a story chronicled in a recent documentary, Becoming Blueprint, released in honor of the church’s 10th anniversary.

Lewis’s approach to ministry grew out of the tension he felt between the white evangelical culture that fueled his faith in Denton and the familiar black culture of his upbringing. In Atlanta, though he was a black pastor leading a diverse congregation in a majority-black city, the work of urban church planting was complicated.

For one, the area around his church continued to gentrify. “In this neighborhood, what scares me is the fact that you have Section 8 housing on one end and like a million-dollar home on the other end,” he said in the documentary.

Read the rest HERE.

Below is the gorgeous cover of the October issue of Christianity Today!

My story is part of a four-story cover package. The official description is as follows:

Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church who’s now running for US Senate, talked about his calling into politics as a Christian. He said, “My impact doesn’t stop at the church door. That’s actually where it starts.” That approach to living out the gospel extends across generations and segments of society in Atlanta. In this month’s cover package, we hear from pastors, politicians, and entrepreneurs—black Christian leaders whose faith calls them back into their communities in the diverse hometown of Martin Luther King Jr.

COVER STORIES

Atlanta Beyond MLK: How Black Christians Continue a Civil Rights Legacy
Generations take up the gospel work of becoming a beloved community.
The Black Church Is Atlanta’s Original Community Organizer
Long before Raphael Warnock’s Senate run, the biblical call for freedom for the oppressed stirred Atlanta Christians to social action.
How Black-Owned Businesses Bless Atlanta
Christian entrepreneurs promote a new economic narrative in a city plagued by wealth gaps.
Racial Reconciliation Is Still a Dream for Atlanta Christians
But church leaders think it’s worth the work to address longstanding divides.

 

So check it out and let me know what y’all think…

Any thoughts?

 

Check Out Author Jacqueline J. Holness (ME) on Pursuit of Purpose Podcast!

Hello World,

I’m so blessed that I continue to have the opportunity to share the news about my debut novel Destination Wedding via various platforms! Most recently, I was a guest of Indiana Tuggle on her Pursuit of Purpose podcast. In this episode, I shared about dating with purpose and how my dating (I share my bizness y’all…) life led to me writing Destination Wedding. To listen to the podcast, here it is…

Here’s a synopsis of Destination Wedding:

Successful best friends in Atlanta believe they are thriving. But when an ABC News “Nightline” report reveals that 42% of black women have never been married, the friends resolve to defy the sad statistic and marry in a year: project Destination Wedding is born. Only love is not an experiment easily confined to a timetable…Yes, not only do I write riveting recaps, I think I wrote a wonderful novel as well 🙂

If you’re interested in buying a copy of Destination Wedding and live in metro Atlanta, you can buy a copy at these bookstores: (Be sure to wear a mask.)

Medu Bookstore, 2841 Greenbriar Pkwy (in Greenbriar Mall), Atlanta, GA 30331

Nubian Bookstore, 1540 Southlake Pkwy, Morrow, GA 30260

And if you don’t live in metro Atlanta, you can buy Destination Wedding at any of these booksellers below:

                        

So listen to Pursuit of Purpose and or read Destination Wedding and let me know what you think!

Any thoughts?

Sarah Jakes Roberts, Bishop T. D. Jakes’ Daughter, Buys Calabasas Mansion..

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Since social distancing efforts have left many of us without much to do on a Saturday afternoon, I drove around my county and took a look at some of the lovely homes nearby where I live. They were fabulous, but I don’t know if any of them were as fabulous as Sarah Jakes Roberts’ new $4 million mansion, which includes 9 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, in Calabasas, California, according to dirt.com! Here’s an excerpt of an article about her latest 9,473- square foot acquisition.

Televangelist and bishop T.D. Jakes reaches a devout audience of millions on any given week through his vast empire of books, films, and televised sermons, all broadcast from his home base at the Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas. More than 30,000 members strong, the organization employs 400 and has made Jakes one of the most recognizable faces of modern Christianity.

At least one of Jakes’ five children has already followed in his supersized ministry’s footsteps. Sarah Jakes Roberts, now in her early 30s, has quietly assembled an upstart empire of her own with a podcast, multiple book deals, millions of social media followers and sold-out nationwide preaching tours. The still youthful but gifted speaker frequently appears on TV — everywhere from “The Dr. Phil Show” to “The Today Show” — where she’s been candid about her rocky adolescence and young adult life, from having her first child at age 14, a subsequent failed marriage to former NFL linebacker Robert Henson and suicidal thoughts.

Click HERE for the rest of the article and to see all of the pics of the lovely home!

Any thoughts?