Category: TD Jakes
“It is in moments like these that I am so grateful that we do not preach that we are the solution, but we look to Christ for resolution,” Jakes, pastor of Dallas’ megachurch The Potter’s House, said in a written statement provided to The Dallas Morning New
s late Friday night.
“So then, as a very human family with real issues, like many other people, we will draw from the same well of grace to which we have led others to drink and be refreshed,” the statement concludes.
“I am becoming satisfied,” he says finally. “I feel like I have little to prove and none to impress. I’m starting to settle in like a bear in a cave in winter. I’m a lot more comfortable in my own skin than I used to be. I’m finding my own sweet spot and I’m enjoying these years.”
From humble beginnings in hardscrabble West Virginia, T.D. Jakes has become an iconic preacher who ministers to a flock of 30,000-plus. More and more, Bishop T.D. Jakes‘ influence begins to resemble that of another contemporary African-American icon — Oprah Winfrey. His spiritual empire recently has grown to include Mama Made the Difference, his latest inspirational tome, which hit The New York Times best-seller list a few weeks ago. There is his national television ministry, too; his counsel with American presidents and star athletes, including former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith; his work with hurricane victims; expanding missions in Africa; and revivallike
Professor’s book, mostly but not entirely flattering, looks at T.D. Jakes’ rise to fame Shayne Lee’s largely favorable T.D Jakes: America’s New Preacher (New York University Press, $27.95) charts Bishop Jakes‘ rise from obscure West Virginia ditch-digger and storefront preacher to internationally known Dallas-based clergyman, advising President Bush and making the cover of Time magazine. Dr. Lee, a sociology professor at Tulane University in New Orleans, also writes about Bishop Jakes’ incessant fund-raising and mansion-dwelling, Bentley-driving lifestyle. He questions where Bishop Jakes stands on such traditional Christian beliefs as the Trinity. And he notes that Bishop Jakes, while remarkably effective
Q&A / SHAYNE LEE: Jakes both preacher, ‘ferocious capitalist’ Most of the public knows about the Bishop T.D. Jakes who graced the cover of Time magazine, preached “Woman, Thou Art Loosed!” and filled stadiums across the country with throngs of weeping fans. But how many know about the Jakes who boasted that he didn’t have enough garage space for his luxury cars, said Jesus was rich, and once tried to evict the owners of a home he had just purchased though they only had a week to pay off their debts? That portrait of Jakes comes courtesy of “T.D. Jakes:
One in an occasional series on the evangelical movement in America today. T.D. Jakes may lead a Dallas mega-church, but that’s not all he does. ATLANTA – He’s only a half-hour into his sermon on an early August evening, but T.D. Jakes has already sweated through his six-button, double-breasted, pinstriped suit. He’s pacing like a panther. “How many of you have come expecting a blessing tonight?” he bellows, his voice reverberating throughout the Georgia Dome, while his image is projected on 10 big screens and simulcast to Jamaica, China, Canada and prisons all over the United States. “Oh, get ready,
‘It’s your local church kicked up a notch’ What is MegaFest? Walk around downtown Atlanta this week, and you can see that it is, if anything, big. A gathering organized by Bishop T.D. Jakes, preacher, prolific author and creator of the “Woman, Thou Art Loosed!” franchise, MegaFest is a wildly successful way to attract a predominantly African-American crowd to the city for foot-stomping gospel, self-help seminars, and fellowship on a massive scale. Perhaps 175,000 will come through Atlanta in the course of the four-day fling. But what brings the crowds? Why not stay at the home church? There’s a multiplier
Bishop T.D Jakes looked out over the crowd at the Georgia Dome Wednesday night and told his congregation, “A good square mile of Atlanta is covered with worshippers.” And the people said “Amen.” With the outsize claim, Jakes embraced those audiences assembled for events at Philips Arena, at the Dome, at the Georgia World Congress Center, and those simply strolling between venues, who gave downtown Atlanta the air of a church picnic raised to rock festival proportions. Called MegaFest, this gathering of the faithful began Wednesday and continues through Saturday with music, prayer, comedy, fashion, extreme sports, exercise, financial advice,
T.D. Jakes, the TV mega-preacher who whipped up a spiritual storm during a revival meeting this week in Upper Marlboro, is going through trying times. He talked to The Post’s Hamil Harris about the two heart attacks his 25-year-old son, Jamar, suffered last month. Jakes canceled a sermon in Nigeria and rushed home to Dallas to help him recover: “Above everything we do in ministry, our first call is to our own family. My only wish was for my son to come home. He was all that I wanted for Christmas.” In recent weeks, the multimillionaire, self-ordained Bishop Jakes also
Preacher has built evangelical empire, but some fault posh lifestyle Tommy Jakes dug ditches by day and preached wherever they’d have him on nights and weekends just to keep the lights on in his West Virginia home. In the 25 years since, life has changed considerably for the small-town preacher with a big dream. He’s known to the world now as Bishop T.D. Jakes. He’s no longer bi-vocational by necessity Ė he’s multi-vocational by choice. The pastor of the 30,000-member Potter’s House, a nondenominational Pentecostal church in southwest Dallas, is a multimillionaire who heads an evangelical media empire. The 47-year-old