gospel round up

The Museum of the Bible Debuts “The Shroud of Turin”

The Shroud of Turin a 14-foot linen cloth bearing the image believed by millions to Jesus of Nazareth, is now on display for the first time at The Museum of the Bible in DC. The authenticity of the shroud which first made its appearance in France centuries ago is still a topic of controversy, but nevertheless curious fans are still lining up to see historic shroud so many have tied to the crucifixion of Christ. The Shroud of Turin, currently on loan from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy will be on display at the Museum for “Mystery and Faith: The Shroud of Turin until July 2022 for just the cost of admission. The exhibit divided into five sections is equipped with interactive features that helps visitors experience a true journey through ancient biblical times.

Fire Rips Through Historic Chicago Church During Good Friday Service

For the third time in a week the historic Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago ignited in a fire that first occurred during a Good Friday service. The initial fire which destroyed much of the building was said to be caused by an accidental spark ignited from a propane torch that was used by a construction company worker who was working on the roof of the church at the time. The lead pastor Rev. Dr. Gerald Dew and his parishioners relocated temporarily to a local funeral home for Easter but vowed to return one day to the nearly 100-year-old church. Reports are still not clear on the causes for subsequent fires that occurred at the already devasted church building on Saturday and Monday, but donations are being requested by Pastor Dew to help with their next steps.

The Judds Reunite with a Gospel Performance During CMT Awards

The CMT Music Awards 2022 recently held in Nashville, TN were filled with unforgettable moments, but the one most people remember is the reunion of the country music mother-daughter duo, The Judds. This marked the first time the two appeared on stage in 20 years ahead of their much-anticipated Fall tour. They performed their 1990s classic “Love Can Build a Bridge,” a gospel-inspired song completes with a full gospel choir. Naomi and her daughter, Wynonna first performed as a duo in 1983 and continued for 8 years until ceasing in 1991 when Naomi had been diagnosed with Hepatitis C. While active, they produced 25 chart singles, 14 of which were songs were number one hits.

Impact Network and Central City Productions Announce Partnership

Impact Network recently announced its partnership with veteran production company Central City Productions for the newest addition to its family-friendly programming lineup. The joint companies will produce the nationally syndicated television series, “America’s Black Forum” with host Marc Morial, CEO of the National Urban League, and former Mayor of New Orleans. The show featuring events and information geared towards Black American audiences debuted April 16th. The partnership is intended to further extend the mission of The Impact Network’s goal to provide top-notched Christian educational programming along with family friendly programming. The network’s lineup currently includes television ministries from Creflo Dollar, Bill Winston, and Bishop Wayne T. Jackson along with original programming from The National Action Network “Live” with Rev. Al Sharpton as well as a gospel music showcase from industry icon Dr. Bobby Jones.

Comedian Chris Tucker Helps Fund High School Choir’s Dream

Another comedian recently made headlines and this time it was for being a standup guy. Chris Tucker made a Georgia high school choir’s dream come true by surprising them when he picked up the shortfall to cover their travel expenses to New York for an opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall. The Ola High School choir received a special invitation to perform at the prestigious concert hall but soon believed that their dreams would not materialize because many of its student members could afford the go. The choir began a GoFundMe page for $201,579.25, that soon gained public attention as well as the attention of Tucker who offered to cover the remainder of their expenses. A week ago, the choir still needed more than $16,000 which ironically was due on Good Friday. Teacher Melissa Stroup said “[Tucker’s] quick action was an answer to prayer.” An answer that came just in time for the upcoming performance scheduled for June 20th.