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Whitney Houston, dead at 48, last performance, “Yes, Jesus Loves Me”

Whitney Houston

What was set to be a joyful star studded weekend at the Grammys, quickly turned to a sad time in the world, as people learned of the death of one of the greatest R & B and gospel singers of our time, Whitney Houston.

Sadly, Houston was found unresponsive in her hotel room on Saturday afternoon. After no response to CPR she was pronounced dead at 3:55pm.

The news quickly spread and many stars have reacted to the news with sadness and disbelief.

Check out Whitney’s last performance of “Yes, Jesus Love Me”, with Kelly Price, just a couple of days before her death.

R & B singer Montell Jordan, now a minister, transitions to gospel

Montell Jordan
Even if you didn’t pay too much attention to music in the mid-90s, if you have been watching TV lately and came across the 2012 Jackson Hewitt commercials (which is quite funny, see below), then you have been introduced to the vocals of Montell Jordan, though his famous 1995 single “This is How We Do It”.

In late 2010, Jordan announced that he was officially leaving his music career behind to become a Worship Minister at Victory World Church.

On January 1, 2011 he became a licensed minister. Jordan can now be seen at Victory World Church in Atlanta, GA, where he lives and performs with the church band.

Also read: 20 year old Christian singer Jamie Grace, battles Tourette’s syndrome, earns first Grammy nomination for ‘Hold Me’

Recently, Montell Jordan, stopped by 102.1 in Houston and shared why he decided to transition from R & B to gospel. Now focused on his ministry, Jordan talks about the change, as well as his recently released album, “Shake Heaven”.

Check out a few excerpts from the interview below:

On talks of him coming out with his own syndicated radio show

I love radio. When I was in the world, I was a radio driven artist. To come up here to Magic 102.1, and just the opportunity to let folks hear. You know…people will follow you the question is where you lead them. Now just to have a voice and be able to speak into people lives, it is a great opportunity.

On CD “Shake Heaven”

It is contemporary Christians, gospel. It can’t really be contained in a word because music is so eclectic for me. And what God was doing is trying to do something new. And so I think that what you hear when you listen to the album is you are hearing a new sound that God is birthing right now.

Check out the full interview below:

Also, in case you missed it, check out the 2012 Jackson Hewitt commercial, featuring “Steve”.

Source: MyHoustonMajic

US sides with CDC, upholds firing of Christian counselor

Marcia Walden

Marcia Walden, pictured above, was fired from the CDC after refusing to counsel about same-sex relationship

Yesterday, the federal appeals court in Atlanta turned down a former employee’s claim that her religious rights were violated when she was fired from her counseling job at a federal agency for refusing to advise a woman in a same-sex relationship.

The court said it accepted Marcia Walden’s sincerity that her devout Christian beliefs prohibited her from counseling clients in same-sex relationships, however, they do believe that she could have handled the situation in a better manner.

The dispute began in 2007 when a woman came to Walden for advice involving a same-sex relationship. Walden told the woman she couldn’t help because her “personal values” as a devout Christian prevented her from offering her assistance. The woman then complained to administrators.

The company, which CDC had contracted to provide counseling services, believed that Walden could have handled the situation better by not disclosing her personal beliefs but by referring the woman to another counselor. The appellate court agreed.

Attorneys for Walden, who was represented by conservative religious rights organization Alliance Defense Fund, argues that she was discriminated against based on her religious beliefs.

Walden’s attorneys said they were disappointed in the ruling and determining whether to appeal.

According to senior counsel Byron Babione, “A counselor who is a Christian shouldn’t lose her job for upholding the highest professional standards.”

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