With the release of his debut album The River, contemporary Christian artist Jordan Feliz is winning over the hearts of many with his mainstream appeal and passion for worship.
Feliz started out as a part of secular band that was steadily growing an audience and making a name for itself, but as he began to pray about his future he felt unsure of where he was heading in the group and said God started closing doors. Soon after, still remaining prayerful, he was asked to serve part time as the worship leader of a church he felt drawn to.
Within a few months of being obedient to God's shift for his life, Feliz received a phone call from an old friend asking him if he would fly out to Nashville and write and record a few songs, all expenses paid. While in music city, the singer fell in love and he and his wife prayed for about a year until he heard from God that he was to move there and make music for the church. more >>
Veteran actor Joaquin Phoenix is rumored to play the role of Jesus Christ in a film centered on Mary Magdalene.
The Oscar-nominated Phoenix is being eyed for the part, according to a recent story by Ali Jaafar of Deadline Hollywood.
"A deal is still some way off being done, with scheduling believed to be one concern, but if this goes down it would be a clear statement of intent from the filmmakers about the kind of film they're trying to make," reported Jaafar. more >>
Lakewood Church's one-day Go Conference for Men was a pit stop where men could refuel, recharge and renew their inspiration in order to get back on track.
In a rare and candid chat hosted by pastor and author Phil Munsey on Friday, Lakewood Church senior pastor Joel Osteen and Life.Church senior pastor Craig Groeschel gave audience members a glimpse into more intimate aspects of their lives, opening up about managing their personal relationships, balancing church and family, and how they got where they are today.
On his relationship with his wife of 29 years, Victoria, Osteen shared that she has helped him become the man he is today, saying, "I wouldn't be who I am were it not for Victoria." He explained that 10 years before the death of his father, the late Rev. John Osteen, Victoria began telling him that he would one day preach. Osteen said that after his father passed, he felt empowered to preach because Victoria had been telling him for so long that he could do it. "We're better together," he told the gathering of men. more >>
In a message tailored to leaders within the local church, North Point Community Church senior pastor Andy Stanley cautioned attendees of Catalyst Cincinnati against putting theology above ministry, encouraging them to keep people first and to be good neighbors in their communities, loving enemies in order to "be the generation to awaken the culture to the wonder of God."
Seeking to help church leaders leverage their ministries, Stanley explained that rigid ministry systems and "lines in the sand" on cultural issues often "bump" people out rather than win them over. "There are no one-size-fits-all ministry rules," he said at the inaugural Cincinnatti event on Friday.
Stanley reminded the audience of 2,500 of how Jesus Christ disregarded status and appearances when he walked among the people, instead putting their needs first. "If Jesus was worried about guilt by association, he would've stayed in Heaven," Stanley said. The pastor added that the Church can have greater impact when it follows Christ's example of putting the needs of the people first. more >>
On a quest to locate the genesis of Creation, actor Morgan Freeman continues his journey to discover if science and religion can co-exist in the latest episode of National Geographic's popular series, "The Story of God."
"It's hard to believe we all came from one man and one woman, but we did," Freeman says in the beginning of episode four, titled "Creation."
In the upcoming episode, the Academy Award-winning actor explains that Christianity, Judaism, and Islam all trace their origins to Adam and Eve. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has said that retail giant Target's recent decision to allow customers to use bathroom and fitting facilities corresponding to their gender identity rather than biological sex is going "against God's Word."
Ham said in a Facebook post on Thursday: "Well, Target needs to hear Jesus' Words: 'Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female?' (Matthew 19:4).
"They need to hear what Jesus said in Mark 10:6: 'But from the beginning of the Creation, God 'made them male and female.' more >>