WASHINGTON — Popular pastor and New York Times bestselling author Francis Chan urged thousands of Christians gathered on the National Mall Saturday to stand together as "rejects" in the face of the world.
Chan, the founder of Radius International and former teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California, took the stage at Together 2016, an all-day gathering that featured about 40 popular Christian speakers, artists, authors and performers organized by Pulse and its founder Nick Hall.
As Hall told the crowd earlier in the day that Jesus was offering America a "reset," Chan, the author of Crazy Love, told the gathering in the late afternoon that the church needs a reset. more >>
Together 2016 organizers will not know if they reached their 1 million attendee goal until a few days more, but one thing they know for sure is they have got the nation talking – the hashtag #JesusChangesEverything was at one point the No.3 most popular trend on Twitter in the United States.
The event described as a once-in-a-generation, millennial-focused prayer and worship gathering was attended by at least tens of thousands of young Americans (if not hundreds of thousands) from all races and walks of life from across the county at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. The theme was unity with one shared purpose: to reset our lives as the singular body of Jesus Christ.
At the time of this article's publication, there were over 30,000 tweets with the hashtag #JesusChangesEverything, which Together 2016 visionary Nick Hall repeatedly urged attendees and viewers of the livestream to tweet in order to make it the top trend in the nation. more >>
While Justin Bieber is known for writing about his love for God on social media, he admits that maintaining his relationship with the Almighty is tough.
"I don't always feel God's presence, I feel it may be human distractions or maybe I'm letting lies [deter] me from accessing it. Regardless it doesn't stop me from seeking," Bieber posted in an Instagram message. "Although it is frustrating I'm reminded that relationships take work, even with God!"
The 22-year-old Canadian pop star is on his "Purpose" tour which he has given God the glory for. more >>
Pastor Jamal Bryant revealed earlier this week that he believes in open marriage, he just forgot to tell his ex-wife about it, he jokingly said on the daytime talk show "Preachers," speaking about the infidelities that led to his divorce from Gizelle Bryant in 2008.
Bryant, lead pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland, co-hosts the new daytime talk show "Preachers" alongside E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor of The House of Hope churches in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia; John Gray, an associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina.
During a segment on Tuesday's show, actress and comedian Mo'nique and her husband, Sidney Hicks, spoke candidly about their open marriage in which they each have sex with people outside of their union. more >>
Outspoken Christian rapper Lecrae is making waves once again by voicing his thoughts on race relations in America. This time the music artist is taking on other Christians who believe he shouldn't use his platform to talk about race, and instead focus solely on spreading the Gospel.
In an Instagram message posted last Thursday, Lecrae included a photo that read: "I Won't Keep Calm I Have a Black Son," and spoke directly to Christians who try to steer clear of addressing the nation's growing racial tensions.
"Christians saying that 'preaching the gospel is all we need' ignore how sin affects infrastructures and societal systems," Lecrae wrote. more >>
NEW YORK — Influential evangelical leaders from every region of America are gathered together today in Washington, D.C. along with as many as 1 million Christians to worship God and pray for the nation at Together 2016.
Inspired by evangelist and college Pastor Nick Hall, founder of PULSE, Together 2016 is a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the Church and awaken the culture to Jesus. Christians from all over the nation will unite in prayer at the National Mall all day on Saturday solely under the banner of Jesus.
Hall said his ultimate goal for the weekend event is that Jesus be lifted up in the nation's capital. more >>