AURN Inspirational Gospel Round Up - AURN Inspirational


Published on August 30th, 2021 | by Meta Washington


AURN Inspirational Gospel Round Up

Bishop TD Jakes, DeVon Franklin, Shirley Murdock (AURN Inspirational image)

DeVon Franklin is Developing a Movie Based on Pastor Michael Todd’s Book

Best-selling author, Hollywood producer and motivational speaker DeVon Franklin announced that he’s working on a romantic comedy based on “Relationship Goals: How to Win at Dating, Marriage and Sex,” the popular NY Times best-seller written by Pastor Michael Todd. Franklin who previously produced faith-based movies “Breakthrough” and “Miracles from Heaven” is developing the feature film under his production company Franklin Entertainment in collaboration with Amazon Studios. The book is a candid guide to seeking lasting love and healthy relationships as an attainable goal and is based on Pastor Todd’s viral sermon series about dating, marriage, and sex.  Pastor Todd is the lead pastor of Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Transformation Church.

Earnest Pugh’s Daughter Gives Birth to Miracle Baby

Gospel artist Earnest Pugh recently announced the arrival of his first grandchild Alexander Jr. affectionately called “Baby AJ”. The baby arrived at 2:17 pm weighing just 2 lbs. and 11 ounces. Baby AJ, originally expected in November was birthed at the Baylor Scott & White hospital in Temple, Texas after only 27 weeks. Prior to his birth, the family endured a serious health scare when Earnest’s daughter Kira contracted COVID-19 during the pregnancy. Earnest who has adopted his own nickname “G-Pop” since the birth of Baby AJ, posted a video of the feisty newborn with the hashtag #MiracleBaby. According to Pugh’s post, Baby AJ will remain under doctor’s care a while longer but thankfully is eating and growing stronger daily.

Shirley Murdock is Headed to Baltimore to Star in a New Stage Play

Legendary gospel/R&B singer Shirley Murdock will be returning to the stage for the musical stage play “Serenity House: From Addiction to Deliverance.” The play is based on the book by the same name by author/playwright Ursula V. Battle. The story’s backdrop is set in Baltimore’s fictitious United Victory Church. “Serenity House” is centered around Melvina, a young songstress with a powerful voice who grew up singing gospel in church. Her story is interwoven with Mama Jackson, the House Mother of Serenity House, a transitional home for  men and women recovering from addiction. Shirley has been cast in the role of Sister Claire C. Voyant, a spiritually-gifted, blind social worker who helps Mama Jackson run Serenity House. “Serenity House: From Addiction to Deliverance” will be performed at the Huber Community Life Center in Baltimore, Maryland, Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 29, 2021.

Justin Pratt Named Executive VP of the Gospel Music Association

Justin Fratt a longtime staffer at the Gospel Music Association (GMA) in Nashville, Tennessee has been named as its Executive Vice President. Fratt has maintained a meaningful presence with the organization for the past 16 years and has worked in a variety of roles including Director of Operations a position he held for several years prior to his promotion. “Justin is a strategic and self-driven leader,” says Jackie Patillo, President of the GMA, “but more than that, he’s a compassionate person who puts people first. Fratt will serve as Producer of the GMA’s flagship events including the Dove Awards, Because He Lives: An Easter Celebration and #LoveGoesViral: Christmas Special and will continue spearhead the organization’s day-to-day operations.

The Potter’s House Has Mobilized with Partner Churches for Haiti’s Disaster Relief

United Mega Care, the humanitarian arm of Bishop T.D. Jakes’ church The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas has teamed up with the Perfecting Faith Church of Freeport, New York and Miami, Florida’s Tabernacle of Glory to provide much needed aid to 25,000 families that were left devastated by two natural disasters in Haiti. The death toll following a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake that toppled numerous buildings is nearing 2,000. The situation worsened just two days later when the island was battered by heavy rains produced by Tropical Storm Grace.

The storm triggered mudslides that blocked roads hindering aid to those in emergency situations. The three organizations banded together to provide emergency response aid to 1,000 households in need of food, shelter, medical supplies, water, and other necessities. “Through this disaster relief effort, we will supply resources that will assist with the essentials for living in this emergency. We collaborate in this relief effort to be our ‘brother’s keeper,'” said Pastor Donnie McClurkin of the Perfecting Faith Church.

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