Switchfoot's new single "Love Alone is Worth the Fight," from its anticipated 9th studio album Fading West is the first and only song to have every Christian Adult Contemporary (AC/CHR) station playing the single in its debut week, according to Nielson BDS, a service that tracks monitored radio, television, and internet airplay.
The song also breaks new ground for Switchfoot, as the highest debut rank for the band on the National Christian Audience (NCA) chart – it hit No. 34 in the first week, reaching about 1 million people. The song also took the band's second highest chart spot on the Hot AC/CHR singles list.
Switchfoot released the single during its 43-city "Fading West" Fall tour, which began Sept. 20 and continues until Nov. 24. The album itself premieres on Jan. 14, 2014, with a feature film preceding it on Dec. 10, 2013. The film will be part rock documentary, part surf film, and part travelogue. more >>
An accomplished rookie quarterback with the National Football League has stated that he became a Christian after Jesus visited him in a dream.
Russell Wilson, a native of Richmond, Va., who quarterbacks for the Seattle Seahawks, explained in a recent video about his religious background and spiritual decision.
A notable Welsh singer who first broke through the international music scene while still in her early teens has joined others in denouncing the music industry as "sexist."
Charlotte Church, now 27, stated during the BBC 6 Music's John Peel Lecture that the music industry is a "culture of demeaning women."
Preparations for perhaps the largest evangelistic event in U.S. history continue for Billy Graham and his ministry team with just three weeks to go before the famed preacher's message "The Cross," filmed from his home in North Carolina, is planned for broadcast through multiple platforms.
The event, scheduled to coincide with Graham's 95th birthday, is named, "My Hope America with Billy Graham," and is a nationwide effort to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, states the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Unlike traditional large-scale evangelistic events, the outreach is designed for Christians, whether they be a pastor, ministry leader, or lay person, to invite guests and host a viewing in a chosen venue, possibly even a home.
"In 'The Cross,' Billy Graham delivers his much-anticipated new message, filmed from his home in North Carolina, on the meaning of the cross – the same message of God's love he has faithfully preached for more than 70 years," BGEA spokesperson Brent Rinehart told The Christian Post via email. "Woven within Graham's message are the faith stories of two popular musicians: rapper LeCrae who overcame addiction and the pull of the gang lifestyle to see his life changed by an encounter with Jesus; and former Flyleaf lead singer Lacey Sturm who fought depression, hopelessness and suicidal thoughts only to be rescued by the love of a Heavenly Father and the hope that comes through a relationship with His Son." more >>
The head of a creationist organization that recently posted several billboards in the United States meant to reach out to atheists has said the response "has exceeded our expectations."
Earlier this month the group Answers in Genesis posted billboards and a digital ad at Times Square that included a link to their websites and the statement "Thank God you're wrong" which was directed at atheists.
Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis, told The Christian Post that since the ad campaign began the group has seen a 30 percent increase in viewing traffic for their website and increased social media activity. more >>
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa announced plans for a public memorial service for Pastor Chuck Smith, who died after a battle with lung cancer nearly two weeks ago, that include hosting the event at the more than 18,000-seat capacity Honda Center arena in Anaheim, Calif., on Oct. 27. Additionally, more than 200 churches worldwide presently plan to show the tribute, live via webcast, to the man credited for being instrumental in both the Calvary Chapel and "Jesus People" movements.
Evangelist and pastor Greg Laurie is scheduled to give a Gospel message during the memorial, according to a Harvest Ministries spokesperson. Harvest, known for its large-scale Christian outreaches, is providing the staging and is facilitating the webcast for the event. Churches planning to show the event by webcast include congregations in Kenya, Haiti, Japan, Peru, U.S., and several other countries.
Other plans for Smith's service include featuring many of the early pastors and musicians who were influenced by the preacher, some who had made commitments to be followers of Jesus Christ while worshipping under the big circus tent that had been erected on the CCCM property during the Jesus People movement, according to ASSIST News Service. Pastors like Laurie, Jeff Johnson, Mike MacIntosh and Skip Heitzig now lead some of the largest churches in the U.S. more >>