Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, has added internationally-acclaimed pastor Joyce Meyer and Australian activist Christine Caine to the powerhouse lineup of speakers that are set to hit the stage this summer at MegaFest, the nation's largest Christian family festival.
Meyer and Caine, both leading figures in the evangelical world, will join the likes of Bishop Tudor Bismarck, R.A. Vernon, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams and Jakes' wife, pastor Serita Jakes, at the three-day event that will be held Aug. 20-22 in "Big D."
"We are pleased to add each and every one of these world-renowned inspirational leaders to our expanding MegaFest lineup," Jakes said. "These speakers' international reach stretches across three continents and demonstrates the worldwide impact of MegaFest." more >>
A 17-year-old Texas teenager who suddenly collapsed while in P.E. class has claimed to have seen Jesus after going 20 minutes without a heartbeat. Zack Clements described Christ as having "long ruffled hair and kind of a thick beard," while his family said that they are convinced what happened to him was a "miracle."
"When I was out those 20 minutes, I saw a man who had long ruffled hair and kind of a thick beard, and it didn't take me long to realize that that was Jesus," Clements said, according to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.
"I went up to him and he put his hand on my shoulder and he told me everything would be alright and not to worry." more >>
Legislators in Texas are considering bills that would seek to enforce a ban on gay marriage even if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to declare such bans unconstitutional.
Last month, the highest court in the land heard oral arguments in an appeal to determine whether or not state-level bans on gay marriage were constitutional.
Texas representatives have introduced measures, including House Bill 4105, which would bar government funds from being used to support gay marriage. more >>
Contrary to recent reports based on studies that emphasize the growth of non-religious people in the United States and the decline of church attendance, Christianity in America is not dying, according to a new survey that examines the nuances and complexities of how people self-identify with faith by Waco,Texas-based Baylor University.
Scholars from Baylor University's Institute of Religion said during a recent conference that reports highlighting the departure of millenials from the organized religion of their parents are being greatly exaggerated.
"There's a story some people want to report — that religion is on life support — but it's just not true," said Byron Johnson, professor of the social sciences at Baylor and founding director of the Institute for Studies of Religion. more >>
Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said Sunday during his "Countdown to the Apocalypse," sermon series that it was Satan who delivered the religion of Islam to the prophet Muhammad and further asserted that following that religion will "lead you to hell."
In his six-week sermon series, Jeffress, who pastors Dallas' 11,000-member First Baptist Church, explains how Jesus told of the rise of radical Islam and that increased Christian persecution around the world would "precede His return to this Earth."
In a Sunday sermon, the 59-year-old attempted to debunk the claim that Muhammad was delivered Islam by an angel and stated that the angel Muhammad saw was really the devil desguised "as an angel of light." more >>
Franklin Graham, the head of nonprofit Samaritan's Purse, said he was discouraged by the impetus behind the draw Muhammad event in Garland, Texas, which some claim sparked the attack from two Muslim gunmen, allegedly affiliated with the terror group ISIS.
"What this event was doing in Texas was mocking Islam. I disagree with [them]," said Graham in a Fox News interview on Wednesday.
Graham said he wouldn't want anyone mocking Jesus Christ, and for this reason poking fun at Islam is off limits for him. more >>