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Christian Music Community Celebrates Tony Evans Becoming First African American to Author a Study Bible, Commentary



This past week included a celebration for Tony Evans who just became the first African American to create a Bible Study and Commentary! Some of the top artists in Christian music joined in on this celebration. Artists included Kirk Franklin, Lecrae, Tori Kelly, Anthony Evans, Actress – Sherie Shepherd and many more.

The “Tony Evans Study Bible” features study notes and other tools designed for digging deeper into God’s word. These notes and resource have been collected from the sermons, teachings, and writings of Dr. Tony Evans. They are strategically place alongside the biblical text to explain God’s word in a fresh way; applying the truths of God’s word empowers readers to live according to the values of God’s kingdom.

This isn’t Pastor Evan’s first time breaking records, as he was also the first African American to earn a doctorate in theology at the renown Christian institute Dallas Theological Seminary.

It’s surprising that in 2019, we are still listing “The 1st African American” to reach certain heights within the Christian community. But, that fight is something that Pastor Tony Evans knows too well and has been accustomed to fighting for years. In a recent interview with Christianity Today, Pastor Evans spoke about his recent counsel to Kirk Franklin regarding his decision to boycott the Dove Awards and why it was important to him to of highlight the presence of Black people in the Bible:

“One of the things I point out in the Bible is the black presence in the Bible. And one of the issues I have dealt with: There were years where I was not allowed to be on radio because of my race, and I was told that directly. So there has been in the Christian community and the evangelical community, a consistent disparity in how minorities are treated and how we are allowed to sit at the table equally.

And so when they cut out the part of his speech that was critical to his and our experience, that demonstrated cultural, racial insensitivity, especially since it was nothing offensive. It was a fact of what had happened. So I felt that would have been appropriate since that’s what his conscience told him to do. But I also told him, you must honor your conscience in a righteous way. And so that’s why he put in there he’s willing to help rectify it, not just complain about it because a lot of times you have complaints without solutions. Let’s help heal. Let’s not just keep divided, but also let’s be clear on what’s right and what’s wrong.” 

Speaking on why it was important to him to highlight the presence of Black people in the Bible, Pastor Evans spoke plainly:

“What I want to say to African Americans is if you see what’s really in the Bible, you can find yourself there. You don’t have to lose yourself to believe in Jesus. In fact, much of who we are is in Jesus.”

           Read that full interview here.


We salute Pastor Tony Evans for breaking records once again in the Christian community.

Be sure to click this link to purchase your copy of the Tony Evans Study Bible. Sound off in the comment section and tell us what you think of this new Bible commentary!






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Mike Todd’s Message “Instagram Didn’t Make Me” Goes Viral: Watch Full Message Here




Mike Todd of Transformation church recently spoke at the VOUS Conference where he preached a message called “The Problem…Just Found An Answer”. A portion of that message called “I wasn’t made on instagram” was featured on instagram and went viral! If you’re looking for the full message, you have come to the right place. Scroll down to the last video to see the full message:


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gOD-Talk: A Black Millennials Faith & Conversation Series Continues Tour




The all new “gOD-Talk Faith & Conversation Series” recently made it’s stop in Chicago this weekend. The traveling series is a groundbreaking seven-city conversation spearheaded by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Center for the Study of African American Religious Life in association with Pew Research Center.

Millennials are finding and creating new spaces to have different kinds of conversations that are not offered in traditional religious contexts. This interactive conversation series featuring leading millennials voices—activists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes, academicians, religious leaders, politicians, etc.—seeks to amplify these voices by creating a space for their experiences to be shared and documented. These curated conversations seek to not only give voice to this often misunderstood demographic but also to create an opportunity for religious organizations and leaders, researchers, and engaged citizens to understand better the dynamic ways Black millennials engage with religion.

“The rise of the “spiritual but not religious” designation has in deed led to a decline of millennial participation in mainline religious traditions with many questioning the relevance, mission, and overall purpose of organized religion in the 21st century.” – gOD-Talk Series

Facilitated by Teddy Reeves, the Chicago leg of this tour highlighted preachers, entertainers and more from various faith walks who agreed to come together to learn and share more about how Black Millennials are relating to faith. The featured panelists included Singer/Songwriter Sir The BaptistRev. Demetrius Davis, Pastor Julian DeshazierDaniel X (Nation of Islam Student Minister)Historian & Theologian Kamasi Hill, Masik Yosef (National Ambassador of Hebrew Israelites) and a host of others which are listed on the flyer below this article.

The diversity of this panel and the bold transparency of the topics covered makes this series groundbreaking! This same presentation is an example of what can be seen on many of the additional tour stops in other cities. The final culmination of this seven-city tour will be made into a documentary that you don’t want to miss.

The rise of “spiritual but not religious” designation The conversations covered in this series are necessary and presented well by the Smithsonian and their team. If you missed catching this event in person, stay connected here on to learn of the dates and locations for their next series conversation. You can also watch the Chicago presentation in full below:

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