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Antipas L. Harris, D.Min. (Boston University), S.T.M. (Yale University Divinity School), M.Div. (Emory University), is the president-dean of Jakes Divinity School and associate pastor at The Potter’s House of Dallas, TX, and the founding dean of the Urban Renewal Center in Norfolk, Virginia. He is the Criminal Justice System Director for the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and president of the Global Institute for Empowerment & Leadership Development, known as GIELD. He has additional experience as an educator, academic lecturer, itinerant preacher, pastor, youth director, motivational speaker, and Christian musician. He is the author of Is Christianity the White Man's Religion?: How the Bible Is Good News for People of Color (IVP, 2020), The Holy Spirit and Social Justice: Scripture and Theology (2019), Holy Spirit, Holy Living: A Practical Theology of Holiness for Twenty-first Century Churches (Wipf & Stock, 2013) and Unstoppable Success: 7 Ways to Flourish in Your Boundless Potential (High Bridge Books, 2014). AntipasHarris.com | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

The Christian's Core Identity

The Christian’s Core Identity

Happy Monday! I hope you’re off to a great week. This week is a big week in my family. My mom’s birthday is today; So, Happy Birthday to my mama! I know… She has 8 children. But, each of us refers to her as “my mama.” (smile) I was inspired by the sermon that Jim Wood, […]

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Take the Brakes Off God

Take the Brakes Off God

Happy Monday! I hope you are off to a great week! Yesterday, I had the pleasure of preaching three services at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. The message was about “Finding God in the Unexpected.” The passage of focus was Mark 6:52. Jesus had already fed the 5,000 men (not counting women and children) with a […]

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Celebrating Fathers in a Fatherless Society

Celebrating Fathers in a Fatherless Society

Happy Monday! Yesterday was Father’s Day. I am grateful for my father. He has always been fully present in my seven siblings’ and my life. We certainly credit his involvement, as well as mom’s participation for any good that we have experienced. Thank God for parents! Last week, the U.S. Department of Education convened a group of […]

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Exploring the African Seedbed in Biblical History, Christian Theology and Spirituality

Exploring the African Seedbed in Biblical History, Christian Theology and Spirituality

Dr. Antipas L. Harris (Twitter: @drantipas ) moderated the Global Think Tank on “Exploring the African Seedbed in Biblical History, Christian Theology and Spirituality” at the 2017 Bishop TD Jakes International Pastors and Leadership Conference. More than 8,000 people attended. The response to the Global Think Tank has been outstanding! People are very interested in […]

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Salt, Light, a City Set on a Hill

Salt, Light, a City Set on a Hill

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5), Jesus teaches that His followers are the “salt of the earth;” “the light of the world;” and “a city set on a hill.” For the past several months, I have pondered what Jesus means.   Salt of the earth When we season food with salt, the salt […]

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Holy Week: Remembering our Coptic brothers and sisters

Holy Week: Remembering our Coptic brothers and sisters

Happy Monday morning! Yesterday was Palm Sunday, a Christian celebration of the last week of our Lord Jesus’ earthly life and ministry. But, this year, a week of reflection on Jesus’ love, life, and sacrifice began with a global tragedy; our brothers and sisters in Tanta, Egypt were brutally attacked. CNN reports, “ISIS claimed responsibility for bombings that killed 43 at two Coptic churches in […]

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Let's talk Millennials: Inviting you to the YMPL Gathering

Let’s talk Millennials: Inviting you to the YMPL Gathering

The YMPL Gatherings are seminars with intimate worship and conversation about ministry-related and leadership topics. Everyone is more than welcome to attend! For our February conversation, we will be rethinking Church, faith and spirituality through the eyes of millennials. We will also engage ministry leaders who are doing effective ministry on campuses of colleges and […]

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A Lesson from the Past

A Lesson from the Past

I hope that you are off to a great year. First, I want to remind you that greatness is not the absence of adversity. Greatness is deeply rooted in our faith that God is God in spite of circumstances. It is such faith that empowers the greatness of your day. Secondly, I’ve been thinking about […]

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Christ in us brings hope to the world

Christ in us brings hope to the world

As the chilly winds blow, winter is settling in here in Virginia. 2016 is quickly coming to a close, making room for 2017. In many ways, 2017 will be a year of transition. The next president of the United States of America will be inaugurated; a new round of legislators will take their posts, and […]

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Let's Love Our Neighbors

Let’s Love Our Neighbors

I pray that you had a great weekend. This past week has been quite eventful for Americans. Now, we know who the new president-elect is. I only hope that, regardless of the nominee for whom you may have voted, we gather ourselves in prayer for President-elect Donald Trump just as I hope we pray for President […]

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We Need a Divine Reset

We Need a Divine Reset

This week, October 12th, is the Jew’s Day of Atonement or “Yom Kippur.”  This celebration is significant to Christians because Jesus became our atonement, fulfilling the human need for purgation from sin. 1 John 2:2 says, “He [Jesus] is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of […]

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Antipas Harris talks hope and unity

Antipas Harris talks hope and unity

Urban ministries expert, Antipas Harris talks about hope and unity on 700 Club Interactive TV Show, Thursday morning, September 29th. What can Christians do to bring racial unity in their communities? Added October 3, 2016: “Here is a clip from my interview about the recent race related community factions concerning police killings in America with […]

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How Do We Get from Here to There

How Do We Get from Here to There

“How Do We Get from Here to There” Friday, September 16, 2016, 6pm – 8pm EST. If you are in the Norfolk, Virginia area, join Antipas Harris for a special gathering for fellowship, prayer, worship, and information sharing.

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Our hearts broken; our country in crisis ... What should we do?

Our hearts broken; our country in crisis … What should we do?

To say we are living in troubled times is an understatement. All of us are hurting. Our society must heal. We need the power of the Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit and heal our communities; heal our world. Emotions are running high. Like millions of others, I have not been able to rest well the […]

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