Happy Diwali, everyone! Emily, Amy and I grew up in Singapore, where Diwali (we call it Deepavali, the Tamil pronunciation of the word) is a public holiday so I was pretty stoked to find that President Obama gave a special Diwali message today. Check it out!
Formerly an IT consultant, Pastor Joseph Prince (originally named Xenonamandar Jegahusiee Singh) made a complete career change and founded the New Creation Church in Singapore. Today, the church has around 19,000 members, but his ministry doesn’t end in Singapore. His sermons are now broadcasted weekly to millions of households across America, Canada, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. In fact, I was flipping through some late-night television on my couch in Seattle, when I came across a broadcast of his sermon. Of course, the distinct Singaporean accent was what initially caught my attention.
Known for his personal and humorous style of preaching, his popularity has soared in the past few years. His recent book, Destined to Reign: The Secret to Effortless Success, Wholeness and Victorious Living was listed on Christian Retailing Top 100 Books. Making a generous SGD$500,000 (approximately US$360,000) a year, Pastor Joseph Prince just proves that making preaching a professional career may not be such a bad idea.
Check out one of his sermons here!