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GospelRoundUp: 12/14

Pastor Jamal Bryant Talks About Plans for a Church Cannabis Business

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Pastor Jamal Bryant of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in DeKalb County, Georgia, plans for his church to launch a cannabis business at New Birth, the largest land-owning Black church in America.

The 51-year-old pastor appeared on the Cool Soror podcast with Rashan Ali and said it’s his goal to launch a business to teach Black men to grow and sell weed.  The host thought the pastor was joking, until Bryant laid out his proposed plan that detailed how the church could help Black males to work “legally” in the cannabis industry.

Bryant told Ali that Black churches need to get into the 21st century and he believes launching a cannabis business will help drive membership in his megachurch and entrepreneurship in the Black community. The pastor went on to say. “I’ll be able to bring in Black males, they’re able to do it legally, I’m teaching them farming, I’m helping them to enhance the ecosystem.

Word Network Veteran Bishop Greg Davis Announces Departure

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Bishop Greg Davis, longtime host and producer for The Word Network has announced his departure from network after more than a decade. “Thank you for the exposure you’ve given me over the last 16 years. Through the Word Network, you’ve introduced me to the world in over 200 countries and 80 million homes and I am forever grateful,” says Davis.

Davis has been a pillar on the network both hosting and producing an array of shows, including Rejoice in the WordLet the Healing BeginYoung Preacher’s Movement, and others. Davis also provided coverage at numerous Church of God in Christ and Full Gospel conferences across the country.

Davis messaged his fans saying, “This isn’t a goodbye, but rather a ‘see you later’ as I continue to follow God’s voice and direction into the next chapter of my life, where I will continue to help singles be prepared for ‘When the Right One Comes on my social media platforms.

Rev. A.R. Bernard’s Christian Cultural Center to Provide Affordable Housing

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In an ongoing effort to address New York City’s looming housing crisis, the Christian Cultural Center (CCC) and its pastor Reverend A.R. Bernard, in partnership with the Gotham Organization and Monadnock Development, has received full city council approval to transform CCC’s East New York campus into a sustainable, pedestrian friendly, mixed-income community known as The Urban Village. CCC located within the Brooklyn community has created outreach programs that support large scale food assistance programs, comprehensive youth programs, ministry to the incarcerated, a charter school and educational partnerships with the NYPD.   The proposed development will supplement the existing church facility with 1,975 new income-based affordable residences along with much needed neighborhood amenities, designed to support civic, spiritual, educational, cultural, and economic opportunities. The proposed model received unanimous approval of the City Council.

Dr. Earl Bynum Shares Testimony Following Horrifying Car Crash 

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Stellar award-winning singer, songwriter, and choir director Dr. Earl Bynum shared a testimony that became a stark reminder of how quickly life can change.  Dr. Bynum’s life was almost tragically changed while driving on a Virginia highway in heavy traffic while a truck pulled out too slowly into the fast-moving traffic.

He recalled that everyone had to swerve to avoid hitting each other. “The car behind me swerved to my right to avoid hitting me, so I couldn’t go to the right or left because of a barrier. The vehicle in front of me came to a complete stop. I had no place to go but to directly crash into the back of the jeep in front of me at high speed” he said. “My entire car nearly folded in half with the hood completely bending in half. However, surprisingly, no glass broke, nor did my airbag deploy. It was as if the heavenly Father lifted me and covered me at that moment.” Dr. Bynum was miraculously able to walk away from the accident shaken but unharmed.

Last Words…

Star-Studded Gospel Play “Some Way Somehow” Headed to Glenarden, MD

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Someway, Somehow” is a stage play about the birth of Jesus from a unique and unexpected point of view. The story centers around the love between Mary, and Joseph before the birth of Jesus. The musical score and script written by Anthony Brown and Joshua Jenkins is set in Galilee, where a virgin named Mary was engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. “Someway, Somehow” puts a modern twist on an age-old biblical story with a new perspective on the love and respect between Mary and her fiancé, Joseph, who was less than thrilled at first when he learned his bride-to-be was with child. The cast incorporates more than 70 talented actors, dancers and singers including BeBe Winans, Kierra Sheard-Kelly, Anaysha Figueroa-Cooper, Darrel Walls, Anthony Evans, and Jonathan McReynolds. “Someway, Somehow” will run throughout the weekend on Saturday December 17th and Sunday, December 18th at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center in Upper Marlboro, MD.

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