News by email Donate


Creative Commons
World News

Chance the Rapper starts 'sabbatical' to study the Bible

by Eno Adeogun

The three-time Grammy Award winning artist said he made the decision in order to set a good example to his newborn nephew.

In an Instagram post liked by more than 1.3 million people, the "I'm the One" hit maker said: "I'm on a plane headed out the country on my first sabbatical. I'm going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with.


"I've been brought up by my family to know Christ but I haven't taken it upon myself to really just take a couple days and read my bible. We all quote scripture and tell each other what God likes and doesn't like but how much time do we spend as followers of Jesus to really just read and KNOW his Word?"

The 25 year-old Chicago-born rapper has been very open about his faith in interviews and even on stage during performances.

However he rejects the idea that he makes gospel music.

ChancePerform from West Ham Stats on Vimeo.


He told CBS This Morning: "I would never say I'm making gospel music, but I love God. I love Jesus and I'm super cool with saying that.

"I don't make Christian rap, but I am a Christian rapper."

Chance the Rapper - whose real name is Chancellor Jonathan Bennett, also shared in his Instagram post that he plans to give up smoking during his time away.

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email