GSN Television Network, well-known for its hit show "American Bible Challenge," is debuting a new show, "It Takes a Church," where church members compete to find a soul mate for one unsuspecting single.
"There are a growing number of singles in the church who do not want to be single," award-winning gospel artist Natalie Grant told The Christian Post on Monday. Grant said these unhappy singles" are finding it harder and harder to meet quality men and women of integrity." Rather than frequenting nightclubs or bars, or resorting to online dating to find someone new, these unmarried Christians might be part of a grand experiment involving church "cupids."
"Each week, 'It Takes A Church' visits a congregation from across the country to surprise one unsuspecting single with the news that they're about to be saved from the dating world," explains the GSN website. "The church's pastor will task their congregation of cupids to find the best possible matches for the dater, but in the end, our single will decide which suitor to put their faith in." more >>
A conservative Presbyterian breakaway network of churches founded as an alternative to the more liberal Presbyterian Church (USA) has passed the 100-membership mark.
Founded just two years ago, the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians passed the milestone late last year and continues to add more congregations this month.
I have belonged to many churches in my fifty-seven years, beginning with St. Pius X in Warren, Ohio, and most recently to both a Presbyterian congregation and a Catholic parish. I hear at least a hundred sermons a year, and the act of listening to a priest or a pastor expound on Scripture is always good, even if the sermon isn't.
Going to church, I've learned, is a gift-a gift that teaches us how to give to others. Everyone-every single person reading this and every person in the world-needs to belong to a church no matter whether they believe or not.
First, church gives its members a regular occasion for concentration on the biggest questions of them all – questions that have been asked since the beginning of time for the simple reason that we are made to wonder about this world and our places in it. Those questions and that wondering are not served-reliably and seriously-anywhere except in a church. And thus that deep, deep hunger is fed only through life within a body devoted to answering these enormous questions of why the world is the way it is and how we ought to live in it. more >>
It is a precious commodity in the leadership world. With it you can move your organization through changes and challenges much easier and with greater facility than those who lack it. Those leaders who lack connectivity among their people move slowly and painfully without a system of reliable relationships to mobilize the larger community. And while a lot of leaders claim to have a great team and structure in their organizations, they really don't know the strength of their "network" until it's tested and the depth of its traction produces real movement forward.
Key words? Traction and forward. more >>
For those who want the nightclub scene without the drinking and solicitations for sex, Club for Jesus in Waldorf, Md., offers a fun atmosphere where believers and nonbelievers can have a good time.
"Just because you're saved doesn't mean you can't dance," Yolanda Darby told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday. Darby said she was inspired to create Club for Jesus when she discovered the need for "an alternative place to go dance or party without drinking, without being picked up."
Traditional churches end up stifling people, Darby said. "Ninety-nine percent of church people are the ones who patronize secular clubs," she argued. "We feel that the churches, somewhat, in some cases, are putting people back in slavery." Pastors warn their congregations against having fun at places like Club for Jesus, and that drives them to go to secular clubs. more >>
Despite growing outrage over a popular "miracle" working South African pastor who convinced members of his church to eat grass, members who have followed his command say the grass has given them strength and healing.
"Yes, we eat grass and we're proud of it because it demonstrates that, with God's power, we can do anything," said 21-year-old law student Rosemary Phetha and member of Pastor Lesego Daniel's Rabboni Centre Ministries in South Africa in a Times Live report.
Phetha said for more than a year she struggled with a sore throat that only healed after Daniel "turned me into a sheep and instructed me to eat grass." more >>