Grammy award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Chris Tomlin just completed what turned out to be the most successful tour of his 13-year career with the "Burning Lights Tour" this spring.
His average show attendance went up 53 percent above his last tour in 2011-2012, and selling out 25 of his shows in big cities such as: New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago with other shows reaching well above 10,000 tickets sold.
"The Burning Lights Tour" will pick up again this fall and pass through 21 cities starting Oct. 3. Accompanying Tomlin on the tour will be Louie Giglio, Pastor of Passion City Church and Passion founder, according to a press release. more >>
As the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), a 103-year-old institution, decides today whether or not to accept openly homosexual members, you might be interested to know five famous people who you would probably not guess are Eagle Scouts.
The Mormon linebacker who made national headlines for getting "catfished" is an Eagle Scout. He achieved the highest rank in BSA in November 2008. The following year, he signed on to play with the University of Notre Dame. more >>
In what's been a big week for Christian artist Amy Grant, not only did she release her first album in 10 years, How Mercy Looks From Here, but it also earned her a No. 12 spot on the Billboard 200, and No. 1 on the Christian soundscan, selling over 26,000 copies this week.
"Amy Grant has delivered a beautiful record of compelling songs that document her life experiences over the past decade since her last studio record," said Peter York President, Capitol CMG Label Group. "It's an authentic album of songs she's written that allow the listener to peer deeply into her heart and connect emotionally with her journey. It must be heard to be appreciated and I would encourage all to taste and see."
The six-time Grammy winner drew inspiration for her 18th record from her late mother, who once told her "sing something that matters," reported The M Collective. more >>
Christian singer-songwriter and actress Rebecca St. James will be in "A Strange Brand of Happy," a movie slated for limited release this fall, but St. James is hoping to change that.
St. James' street team is working hard to get the film a wider theater audience by email and press campaigns.
"'A Strange Brand of Happy' is a fun, funny romantic comedy with a subtle faith theme. We made it so people could have a good time with their friends and maybe have a conversation or two about the big things of life- things like love, meaning, happiness, God, pancakes ... you get the idea," an email description of the film read. more >>
In case you missed it, May is National Masturbation Month.
Yes, there is such a thing.
Founded by Good Vibrations, a sex shop in San Francisco, May was chosen as National Masturbation Month in 1995 to protest against the firing of the Surgeon General, Joycelyn Elders, who suggested that young people should be taught masturbation in their sex education classes. Since 1995, many events have been created to celebrate what Good Vibrations said in its annual press release is a "necessary reminder that self-satisfaction is a healthy, accessible form of pleasure engaged by almost everyone." more >>
Oklahoma tornado survivor Barbara Garcia touched the hearts of many when her on-camera interview with a news network was interrupted by the discovery of her mini schnauzer, whom she thought had been lost in the tornado that had leveled her home and those of her neighbors. Now, Internet users are rallying together to try to pay for a new home for Garcia and her dog.
"Well I thought God just answered one prayer to let me be okay. He answered both of them, because this was my second prayer," Garcia told CBS News correspondent Anna Werner as she coddled her "poor little" schnauzer, who was discovered pinned under the wreckage directly behind the elderly woman.
Garcia had been explaining how she and the dog, Bazzie, had taken refuge in the bathroom when the powerful tornado smashed through their neighborhood in Moore, Okla., on Monday. While she got knocked around but remained conscious, Garcia found that she was alone once she emerged from the pile of sticks that minutes before had been her home — her mini schnauzer was nowhere to be found. Or so Garcia thought. more >>