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Derwin L. Gray is the founding and lead Pastor of Transformation Church, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational, mission-shaped community with two campuses in South Carolina (Indian Land and Rock Hill), both just south of Charlotte, North Carolina..

I’m writing this blog for the church planters and pastors who have asked me, “How do you prepare a sermon?”
And I’m writing it for the Transformation Church Family so that “Transformers” will know how to pray for me as I prepare sermons for them that will hopefully cause us to reflect Jesus to our broken planet. So, here it is … my preparation regimen … it’s really pretty simple.

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Hip Hop icon Kanye West has created a stir yet again. Recently, the rap star was interviewed by Kris Jenner, the mother of his girlfriend Kim Kardashian, on her show’s finale. Though he is known for his outlandish displays of bravado, this time Mr. West shocked the world with his openness and emotional vulnerability. Add a comment
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Doing drugs and partying in “Sin City” was a major part of this kid’s life, but at a young age he gave it up for Christ. Infiltrate Music’s newest artist KIDD shares his testimony and some never before released songs from his upcoming debut album 'Murder My Flesh', available September 3, 2013. Add a comment
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When discussing a topic so contentious and debatable, it's important to establish ground rules and criteria. While others will focus on other more recognizable songs to be included in this compilation, this article aims to point out the most "influential" for the artist, label and the Christian Hip Hop movement as a whole, NOT best. Because of this criteria, many of the newer offerings have been left off this list, as it is difficult to determine a classic if enough time has not elapsed to prove its credentials. Also, these songs are in no particular order. With that being said, let's get into it. Add a comment
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Words carry a ton of meaning and rap music makes room for a ton of words. That means whether right, wrong, or indifferent, rap is unique in its ability to convey a message.

Over the years hip hop has gotten a bad rap (pun absolutely intended) because its lyrics so consistently boast in things like violence, materialism, drug use, and misogyny.

But that’s not the only message hip hop conveys. Artists like Sho Baraka, Swoope, Propaganda and others have powerfully proven this. Hip hop submitted to Christ can be a really effective conduit for our message of hope, salvation, rebuke, and education.

Maybe more than any other 60-year-old Caucasian, midwestern pastor, God has used John Piper to shape and influence this kind of hip hop. If you haven’t tasted Reformed theology and Christian Hedonism with a little boom bap or over some hard hitting 808’s, here’s a theological EP. Add a comment
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Miguel Davilla is the lead pastor of Hampton Roads Fellowship in Hampton Roads, VA.

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." -Hebrews 4:12

There is no question today that the face of America is changing. The population is undergoing radical demographic changes unlike in any other time in our Nations history. The rise in immigration along with the high birth rates among minorities, have been the largest contributors to this demographic change. More specifically, hispanics are projected to represent over 30% of the American population within the next 25 years. That is staggering when you think about. How will the church today relate to this coming change? Add a comment
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Catchy slogans are a dime a dozen. Everyone uses them and Hip Hop culture is filled with plenty (Who hasn't heard "Turn Up!" the last 24 hours?). Being keenly aware of this tendency, Beautiful Eulogy member Odd Thomas has created his own slogan to use: More Humble Rappers Please. Beyond the eye-catching T-shirt design and clever irony, the statement communicates much more depth than the six syllables suggests. Add a comment
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Legacy Conference 2013

On day 1 of the Legacy Conference, the weight of the temporal life that each human being faces was met with the greater reality of the glory of God. In song, rap, teaching, preaching and celebration; the conference theme of "God getting glory alone" was present everywhere. For most participants, it was hard to imagine how the gathering experience could possibly improve. Add a comment
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Gatherings like the Legacy Conference are always approached with high expectations. Attendees invade the venue anticipating refreshing fellowship, healthy teaching and fire-kindling exhortation. This year's Legacy theme, Soli Deo Gloria, further cements these expectations with the goal of God receiving the glory alone. And on day 1 of Legacy Conference, He was lifted high. Add a comment
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Rich Perez is the pastor of Christ Crucified Fellowship in (Washington Heights) New York City.

I vividly remember those moments when my self-esteem was considerably influenced by who I was friends with. Despite the fact that I played it cool and never gave the impression of worry or concern, those moments were very real and likewise their effects. But if you can, think back with me on those moments when a classmate, a teammate or just some kid down the block asked you to do something in order to hang with him/her or just be their friend. What did they ask you? Was what they asked worth friendship with them? How does what they ask inform you about them and their heart? Add a comment
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