T.D. Jakes

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    Joel Osteen and His Wife Will "Double Team" Dallas as Part of T.D. Jakes' MegaFest

    MegaFest, Bishop T.D. Jakes' massive annual gathering of evangelical Christians, is a pretty big deal, a $10 million production that draws 100,000 incredibly well-behaved visitors. The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau was so stoked when Jakes decided to move the festival to Dallas, it chipped in ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    Mayor Mike Rawlings Wants 10,000 Men to Rally Against Domestic Abuse, Isn't Entirely Sure What Will Happen After That

    This morning at the Dallas Museum of Art, Mayor Mike Rawlings, along with about 1,000 other men in suits sharing the stage, announced a new campaign dubbed "Men Against Abuse." The next stop on this tour of well-meaning gestures will be a celebrity-packed rally on March 23, which the mayor wants 10, ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    One ... Two ... Three ... Four! Let Kids Cheer for God Some More!

    Education historian Jonathan Zimmerman has a provocative piece on the op-ed page of The Dallas Morning News today proposing that people in general and liberals in particular should support the right of cheerleaders in Kountze, Texas, to display religious banners at public school football games. Zi ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Michael Irvin Runs His Out Route

    ​Drew Pearson just must be doing something newsy today, right? The other receivers to wear No. 88 for the Cowboys are certainly holding up their end of the bizarre bargain. Dez Bryant stiffs a memorabilia show in Jersey and now Michael Irvin appears on the cover of Out magazine defending ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010
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    March 14, 2009

    How George W. Bush and His Pals Kept the Freedom Institute Free from SMU's Prying

    Courtesy Southern Methodist UniversityGeorge W. Bush, visiting a SMU government class in FebruarySeveral Friends of Unfair Park have gotten the jump on their Sunday New York Times and found within two stories with local ties. Chief among them: the magazine story about George W. Bush's Freedom Instit ... More >>

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    February 10, 2009

    As Ever, the Pride of Dallas. Now, on HBO.

    Mentioned a couple of months back that Elvis Mitchell was in town interviewing T.D. Jakes for his talkumentary The Black List: Volume Two, a sequel to last year's star-studded Volume One that aired on HBO following its Sundance bow. Volume Two debuts on February 26 -- and it'll actually contain two ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    Well, At Least We Know Where Kwame Kilpatrick Won't Be Working in Dallas

    Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, now a Dallas resident?As Jim noted last week, disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is out of the joint and heading to Texas -- where, no kiddin', he has a job interview tomorrow. So reports The Detroit News today, which eliminates one potential emplo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    First George W. Bush, Now Kwame Kilpatrick. Dallas, How Lucky Can One City Get?

    The Friends of Unfair Park know what's happening. Just this morning, one of them hopped on a four-month old item about Detroit's disgraced ex-mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, to warn Dallas about his impending arrival -- just as soon as he gets out of the joint. Unfair Park had reported last September that ... More >>

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    January 20, 2009

    T.D. Jakes, Barack Obama's Obi-Wan

    As mentioned last week, Dallas's T.D. Jakes did indeed deliver the pre-inaugural sermon from the St. John's Episcopal Church pulpit. The pool report contains the entirety of his sermon, delivered in front of 200 invited guests. Jakes, captured here by Patrick Michels at the Dallas premiere of Seven ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    T.D. Jakes Will Speak in D.C. on Inauguration Day, As It Turns Out, Says the AP

    Two days before Christmas, while addressing the controversy surrounding President-elect Barack Obama's decision to have Rick Warren deliver the inaugural invocation, John McWhorter wrote in The New Republic, "Suppose Obama had invited black megastar preacher T.D. Jakes instead." Turns out, Obama has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Adding T.D. Jakes and Race to the Debate Over Sexuality and Religion

    Bishop T.D. Jakes My old friend Elvis Mitchell was in town on Friday, conducting an interview for a sequel to his 2008 star-studded documentary The Black List: Volume One, bought by HBO shortly before making its Sundance Film Festival in January. There will be two locals in the follow-up, which debu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2008

    T.V. Time, or: Why T.D. Jakes Couldn't Pray With Barack Obama Tuesday

    As I mentioned Tuesday night, T.D. Jakes, of The Potter's House, was all over MSNBC during its Election Night coverage -- up until he was bumped at the moment Ohio was called for Barack Obama. Jakes is about to get his own TV show courtesy Dr. Phil, and Broadcasting & Cable wonders why he got so muc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2008

    T.D. Jakes Bumped off MSNBC for Big Blue News: Ohio for Obama

    T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas was, moments ago, in the middle of telling David Gregory on MSNBC that "it's anybody's game" and that "in many cases, we've underestimated Sen. McCain," when Gregory broke in with the news: NBC News has called Ohio for Obama. Dallas County now has 34 of 7 ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2008

    Is there Natural Gas Beneath Dallas County?

    Drillers—and cities—are betting Barnett Shale riches are headed Dallas' way.

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2008

    Detroit's Kwame Kilpatrick Is Killing Time in Dallas Before Heading Off to Jail

    Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Kwame Kilpatrick Back in April, then-embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick spent a weekend at The Potter's House of Dallas, meeting with Bishop T.D. Jakes for some spiritual "enriching." A lot has happened since then, including Kilpatrick's copping to a few f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2008

    You Have Not Yet Had Your Dr. Phil of Bishop T.D. Jakes, But You Will

    They're soon to be Dallas' dynamic duo of daytime TV: Mark Donald, who wrote the first substantive profile of Phil McGraw for the paper version of Unfair Park way back when, notes that CBS Television Distribution is prepping a syndicated series hosted by The Potter's House honcho and frequent Dr. Ph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2008

    CNN Dismisses Bishop T.D. Jakes As a “Prosperity Pastor”

    Bishop T.D. Jakes On his recently launched blog, Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas has responded sharply to a story by CNN correspondent John Blake that dismisses Jakes as a “prosperity pastor” who has shunned the message of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. “Prosperity pastors such as Bishop T.D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2008

    Embattled Detroit Mayor Came to Dallas for Some Spiritual "Enriching"

    Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's in a whole heap o' legal troubles over some sexy-time text messages -- about, oh, 1,400 of 'em -- he sent to his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty: The Detroit City Council's about to kick off an investigation into the mess, while ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    Wright On, Bishop Jakes

    Bishop T.D. Jakes Dallas’ Bishop T.D. Jakes has launched his own blog, and he steps right into the fray with a lengthy post about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright controversy. True to form, Jakes avoids political hard lines and instead gives insights designed to provoke the consciences of blacks as we ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2008

    Pentecostal Preacher Sherman Allen Turns Out to Be Reverend Spanky

    The Fort Worth preacher is accused of beating, threatening and assaulting women for more than 20 years

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2007

    Till Death Do Us ... Oh, Whatever

    Hey, hey, Paula -- Bible Girl's losing faith in you. I learned everything I need to know about living a sexually pure life in the ghetto. You heard me right. I came to a tough neighborhood -- to a black Pentecostal church in the heart of South Dallas -- with all my white middle-class notions intact ... More >>

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    August 27, 2007

    Snakes and Jakes

    Reuben Armstrong and Bill Cosby, who is clearly a good friend Reuben Armstrong is a local talk-show host -- his program's on the Web, from the looks of it -- and this week, he says he was supposed to publish a book called Snakes in the Pulpit. In it, he says, "Bishop T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Eddie L ... More >>

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    April 27, 2007
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    April 10, 2007
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    April 6, 2007

    What Would Jesus Watch Tonight?

    T.D. Jakes will join Jerry Falwell on CNN tonight. Lord have mercy. "How would Jesus solve today's problems?" Dunno, let's ask Him. (Or Bible Girl.) But since that's not an option -- sorry, that's not an option for some of us -- CNN tonight at 7 p.m. turns to some familiar faces for Jesus' thoughts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2007

    God's Favorites

    This Arlington attorney is one of the most powerful Christians in the country. Who, just who is Frank Sommerville? Keep readin'. Five folks with local ties -- well, six, if you count Your President -- have made The Church Report's list of the "The 50 Most Influential Christians in America." (Alas, n ... More >>

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    December 8, 2006
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    December 1, 2006

    Michael Irvin Goes on Jimmy Kimmel and Doesn't Mention Tony Romo's Ancestry At All

    Dunno how we missed this...oh, wait, yeah, I do. I never watch Jimmy Kimmel Live. Nothing against the former host of The Man Show, except for the fact he's the former host of The Man Show. He seems like a solid dude, and Sarah Silverman probably has good taste (and probably tastes good -- no, thank ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    Lisa Bevere Fights Like a Girl

    Lisa Bevere knows all about church ladies. Now isn't that special? (Sorry.) We all have our church-lady stories. Here's mine: I knew a woman of Amazonian stature who loudly extolled the virtues of Marabel Morgan's 1973 best-seller, The Total Woman. Her single unforgettable feature was an enormous ... More >>

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    September 21, 2006
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    September 7, 2006
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    August 7, 2006

    Bishop, Thou Art Hungry

    Admit it, when you first saw this magazine cover you wondered to yourself, "Does T.D. Jakes get enough sausage?" Apparently, the answer is no. Bishop T.D. Jakes went home--to Charleston, West Virginia--this weekend to be feted during a multi-culti throwdown called, appropriately, Multifest. Thousand ... More >>

  • News

    August 3, 2006
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    August 2, 2006

    A Holy Mess

    Daystar, a local broadcaster that carries T.D. Jakes, is having trouble getting blessed to air in Los Angeles. Daystar Television Network--the Marcus Lamb-owned powerhouse that bought KDTN-Channel 2 from KERA in 2003 for some $20 mil and has some 50 million viewers worldwide, so it claims--wants to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2006

    The Plane Truth

    So here I was, face-to-face with the man who claims to be one of the biggest evangelists in the world, Dr. K.A. Paul. A native of India, what Paul lacks in height he more than makes up for with charisma. A photographer and I met him at his humble offices in a Houston suburb. I was writing a story ab ... More >>

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    May 4, 2006
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    April 26, 2006
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    March 14, 2006
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    March 8, 2006

    Bishop T.D. Jakes, Revolutionary

    The lengthy story on T.D. Jakes in the March issue of The Atlantic Monthly is the best story that's appeared on the bishop to date, though that isn't saying much. (The Dallas Observer published the first major article on Jakes in 1996, but he and his ministry have changed a lot since then, so I'm no ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 2, 2006

    Waiting to Exhale

    Serita Jakes wants men to let it all out

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Hip-hop's Public Enemy

    Minister G. Craige Lewis has one goal: Get hip-hop out of the church. Forever.

  • Music

    September 22, 2005

    Rock Bands Only

    Deep Relief succeeded in raising money, but it also raised questions

  • Music

    December 16, 2004

    Odds & Ends

    Grammy noms, Denton cares and Deedle's last dance

  • Film

    September 30, 2004

    Good God

    A bishop's book becomes a powerful movie about hypocrisy and salvation

  • News

    September 5, 2002

    Back in Bounds

    Michael Irvin, once the Cowboys' playmaker, has quit playing around and has turned himself over to his maker

  • Calendar

    February 19, 1998
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    July 10, 1997

    Observer honors

    Zimmerman wins writing award, Henry cited by black journalists' organization

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    July 4, 1996
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    June 20, 1996

    Bishop Jakes is ready. Are you?

    The nation's hottest preacher brings his message to Dallas

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