Thousands of people seeking miracles are visiting a Chicago-area Greek Orthodox Church to get samples of an oil they believe has healing properties because it's said to be seeping from an icon of St. John the Baptist.
Neither the priest nor the congregants at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen are able to explain how the icon of St. John the Baptist is exuding drops of fragrant oil. Equally as inexplicable is the fact that many of the parishioners claim to have been healed of ailments as a result of their contact with the liquid.
Parish priest the Rev. Sotirios Dimitriou, who told local news station WGN-TV that he's given out 5,000 samples of the oil to parishoners and visitors, has called the phenomenon an act of God. more >>
One of the largest churches in America, the Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, Alabama, announced Sunday that they have purchased the sprawling Cahaba Grand Conference Center as a permanent home for their 14th campus for a fraction of what the property is worth.
Church of the Highlands lead pastor, Chris Hodges, made the announcement Sunday during a live broadcast to the 14 campuses from the main campus on Grants Mill Road, according to AL.com. Hodges said the church has been holding services for its Grandview branch campus at the site since March 6.
"This past week, we wrote a check and we own that conference center," Hodges said. He told the congregation that the church purchased the conference center for a quarter of its value but he did not say how much the church paid for it. more >>
One of the largely unspoken phenomenon of the past decade has been the decline in large churches located at only one site. Most of the large church growth today is taking place at multisite churches.
For clarity, I define a large church as a congregation with an average weekly worship attendance of 1,000 or more. In this article, I focus on just those churches located at one site. Larger churches with multiple sites have largely avoided this issue. They are growing more through multiple sites than larger services.
So why are we hearing more about the decline of these churches? more >>
Four popular megachurch pastors are promising to bring an interesting combination of hope, comedy and honesty in a new faith-based talk show to be tested on FOX this summer called "The Preachers."
"The Preachers" will be hosted by John Gray, an associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas; E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon; Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina, and Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
The percentage of Americans who believe that the Sabbath is a religiously significant day has sharply declined since 1978, according to a recent poll.
In a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Deseret News, 50 percent of respondents said the Sabbath had a religious or spiritual significance. This contrasts to a 1978 Gallup poll when 74 percent of respondents said the same.
The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava that was gutted in a massive blaze on West 26th Street in New York City Sunday was engaged in a contentious negotiation process with luxury real estate developer Madison Equities to raise funds to help restore the historic church.
The Real Deal reported in 2014 that Madison Equities sued the church for "allegedly breaching a letter of intent by not disclosing a $13.5 million bill the religious institution owed to brokerage Tenantwise. Madison agreed to help fix up the landmarked sanctuary on West 26th Street in exchange for the use of its air rights."
"Madison is looking to tap into unused air rights at the site of the landmarked church at 13 West 25th Street, as well as those belonging to the property adjacent to the church — just under 200,000 square feet of air rights in total — to construct a commercial building," said the report. more >>