Hillsong's Pastor Brian Houston was unsure why Hollywood producers were interested in making a movie about their "little church" when they approached him with the idea, he admits in a new blog post.
Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. will release the film "Hillsong – Let Hope Rise" in April 2015 about their megachurch's humble beginnings and their famous worship band but Houston says a lot of thought, preparation and prayer was involved before allowing their cameras to roll.
"We aren't naive enough to believe that it's all going to be a 'walk in the park', but we have faith to believe that opening up our lives and portraying the journey with authenticity may just point people to the One we live for and long to glorify – Jesus," said Houston. more >>
The founder and lead pastor of Planetshakers, one of the most influential church movements in Australia, learned to embrace the concept of honor before his prominent ministry took off and became an international Christian brand.
Russell Evans writes about the process he underwent in his new book, The Honor Key: Unlock a Limitless Life, when he started honoring God in obedience which in turn caused a ripple effect of success in his calling and every other aspect of his life.
"People view honor as a hierarchical concept and that's true but sometimes we use that an excuse to get people to do what we want instead of understanding the whole scope of how honor really works," Evans told The Christian Post. "I want people to access heaven on earth and I believe the kingdom operates in an atmosphere of culture … if I want the kingdom of God on earth, then I have to find what the key is to release that." more >>
The nation with the largest Muslim population in the world has officially banned support for the terrorist group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which is responsible for mass killings of religious minorities in Iraq that has forced the U.S. government to respond with air strikes.
Indonesia, whose citizens comprise over 10 percent of the global Islamic population, recently announced the ISIS ban in response to ISIS recruiting efforts.
Embattled pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church in Singapore has insisted before court that the millions spent on his wife Sun Ho's pop star career were necessary for the growth and expansion of the megachurch, explaining that his role evolved from that of a "shepherd" to being a "rancher."
"If not for the Crossover, we would be just another neighborhood church. The Crossover Project doubled, tripled our congregation size," he told the court, according to Channel News Asia.
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit Ludian County in Yunnan, China on Sunday Aug. 3, 2014 around 4:30 p.m. local time. This is the strongest quake the country has suffered in 14 years.
According to Xinhua, the death toll has risen to 398 while around 2,000 more people were injured, and about 30,000 people from Ludian and the surrounding counties were evacuated. As for properties, the current figures say 12,000 houses collapsed and about 30,000 more buildings were damaged.
Rescuers are composed mainly of China's Troops and the Red Cross Society of China. Hong Kong and Macau's Red Cross are also supporting and even the Red Cross branch from Sichuan Province are joining in intensive efforts. more >>
North Korean authorities arrested U.S. tourist Jeffrey Fowle three months ago for leaving a copy of the Bible with his contact information and pictures under a bin in the toilet at a restaurant during his 10-day visit to that country, a source has said.
Fowle, a 56-year-old from Miamisburg, Ohio, who used to attend church back home, left a bilingual English-Korean Bible in a restaurant, Chongjin Seamen's Club, in the North Korean city of Chongjin just before he and his fellow travelers were about to leave on May 4, an anonymous source, who is aware of the case, told Reuters.
The copy of the Bible that Fowle left behind carried his name and phone number, and photos of himself and his family, the source said, adding he doesn't think Fowle is overtly religious. more >>