March/April 2012 Issue Hits Stands!


Mary Mary Chats With Gospel Today About Reality Series On WEtv

Hollywood Heartthrob Blair Underwood Shares About His Role In The New Film From Bishop T.D. Jakes

Nashville, TN–GOSPEL TODAY continues its successful year with the release of its March/April 2012 issue, “The Community Issue.” It is the second issue under the new leadership of Roland Hairston, II as Publisher and EJ Gaines as Editor of the popular urban Christian lifestyle magazine.

The March/April 2012 issue focuses on the multi-faceted topic of “community” with a goal to inspire, inform, educate and empower GOSPEL TODAY\’S readers to establish and maintain healthy relationships and friendships in a Godly way.

In its cover story, GOSPEL TODAY highlights the standard-setting work that Dr. R.A. Vernon is doing to radically transform his Cleveland community, breaking its disparaging monikers such as “The Mistake on the Lake” and revitalizing the city– both spiritually and practically– through evangelism, community outreach and neighborhood enrichment.

The Community issue addresses the Christian\’s burden to be a responsible worldwide citizen, highlighting key organizations making significant impacts in our global community, the importance of having a healthy church congregation, and the fitness benefits of working out with a partner. Also, just in time for Spring, our Style columnist, GooGoo Atkins, offers a set of Springtime Must-Haves for the ladies, plus some pointers for the men on wearing linen.

And, don\’t miss GOSPEL TODAY\’s new web-integration system, GT CONNEXT. Through this innovative marriage of print and digital content, GOSPEL TODAY offers readers web-based bonus content to each of its columns and stories via web links and QR codes placed throughout the issue.

Beyond the compelling cover story, here a few featured highlights from the March/April 2012 issue:

Extraordinary Mary Mary
We chat with sister duo Mary Mary, who makes history this month as the first gospel artist to land a mainstream reality show. They dish on their new show, the filming process, and how they intend to maintain a healthy, happy community in the midst of the cameras and chaos. The show premieres on WEtv on March 29, 2012, but you can hear all about it now!

On The 7th Day: A Moment with Blair Underwood
Blair Underwood is no novice in Hollywood—his credits range from a heartthrob rescuer in Set It Off to a no-nonsense attorney in the long-running TV show L.A. Law. In his latest role, he\’s the father of an abducted child in the latest of Bishop T.D. Jakes\’ film series, Woman Thou Art Loosed: On The 7th Day. We speak with him about Hollywood, his faith and his new film.

Discipleship, Small Groups & The Black Church
GOSPEL TODAY hosted a chat with seven leading and innovative church leaders on the state of discipleship, small groups and creating community in the Black Church. Read some of the insights and perspectives from the nearly two-hour roundtable discussion featuring Bishop I.V. Hilliard, Pastor Teddy Ceasar, Dr. Cheryl Price (Urban Ministries, Inc.), Jay Wells (LifeWay) and more!

The Cyber Church
Statistics show that an increasing number of Christians “attend” church each week from the comfort of their own homes. Streaming sermons and world-wide-web congregations are becoming hallmarks of the Christian experience—is this good or bad, helpful or harmful? Streaming Faith Founder, Chance Mason, along with Revs. Floyd & Elaine Flake, Rev. Otis Moss III offer insightful commentary on this sweeping trend.

Other highlights in the March/April 2012 issue of GOSPEL TODAY include a one-on-one with Marvin Sapp about his new album, I Win, a financial column from Rachel Cruze, daughter of internationally renowned financial guru Dave Ramsey, and a compelling testimony of transformation from Babbie Mason.

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