Can a mass exodus of mostly millennials from churches lead to a billion global "gatherings" that meet at coffee shops, workplaces, and homes?
Pastor and church planter Jimmie Davidson is counting on it. He is the visionary behind The Brooks Church, designed to help people who are accustomed to watching church services through the Internet or on TV "become people with a church" wherever they meet.
Although The Brooks is a church planting movement, Davidson refers to the groups as gatherings, much like the early church in biblical times. The Brooks officially launches on Thursday, Dec. 3. more >>
Not everyone is joyful this time of year and some of us are perfectly happy in our Scrooge or Grinch roles, but there's nothing like lights, music, comedy, and heartwarming stories to help get into the Christmas spirit.
Here are seven videos that will bring lots of cheer and put a smile on your face.
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The holidays are not only the time when people wear well-crafted awful sweaters, place tacky lights around their house, and binge on food and drink.
They are also a special time of year in which pets bear a great seasonal burden of torment, oftentimes being forced to wear ridiculously bad outfits.
Such a trend is showcased in all its pitiful glory by the cat food company Temptations, which recently uploaded a video to YouTube focused on the horrid outfits cats are forced to wear. more >>
The Church of England is calling out U.K. cinemas for what it says is hypocrisy and "double standards," after theater chains rejected the Lord's Prayer ads, but now are playing animations it believes are promoting Hinduism.
"There is an unfortunate combination of double standards and hypocrisy on display in this decision making process which needs addressing urgently," said Rev. Arun Arora, the Church of England's director of communications, according to The Telegraph on Thursday.
Leading cinema chains in the U.K., including Odeon, Cineworld and Vue, have been screening a 7-minute animated film called "SanJay's Super Team," which shows Hindu deities protecting a young boy during prayer. more >>
A Christian law group has said that it will be fighting "anti-Christian" and "Satanic expositions" during the Christmas season this year.
The Thomas More Society said that it will focus on defending the rights of Americans to display Nativity scenes at public forums, despite opposition from atheist groups, which tout separation of church and state.
"Anti-Christian, anti-Christmas rhetoric and Satanic expositions merely serve to provide sharp emphasis by means of their stark contrast with the positive, uplifting, hopeful and joyous message of Christmas," said Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society President and Chief Counsel. more >>
The University of Mississippi has renamed its "A Grand Ole Christmas" event after it was deemed as "too Christian."
Ole Miss has been celebrating "A Grand Ole Christmas" on its campus for six years, but this time, the university has changed the event's name to "Hotty Toddy Holidays." The University of Mississippi said it wanted the event to be more inclusive, according to Breitbart.
"A Grand Ole Christmas" is the yearly tree-lighting ceremony being held by the University of Mississippi on its campus. Stories about the renaming of the Christmas event to "Hotty Toddy Holidays" quickly made its rounds on the Internet after the announcement, AL.com reports. more >>