Over 1,300 motorcyclists descended upon the Billy Graham Library to donate thousands of presents for children overseas come Christmas.
Known as the eighth annual "Bikers With Boxes," the motorcade of philanthropy came to North Carolina on Saturday loaded with wrapped shoeboxes containing donations for Operation Christmas Child.
"We are amazed each year to see how God grows this event. The weather on Saturday was perfect, and guests were blessed to hear from a former shoebox recipient, award-winning musician Dennis Agajanian, and Franklin Graham," said Sonya Johnson, promotions manager with the Billy Graham Library, to The Christian Post. more >>
The U.K. government and the Church of England are reportedly in a great row over the refugee crisis, with bishops demanding that the government admit tens of thousands more people.
The Guardian reported on Monday that U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is upset with the Church of England's criticism of his government, and said that he could not agree to the bishop's plea for the country to admit 50,000 more refugees.
"On the bishops no one has more respect for the bishops than me. But on this occasion, I think they are wrong and I will say so very frankly," Cameron declared. more >>
Three days before Christmas in 2014, Deante Smith, 25, a player with the semi-pro football team Michigan Lightning, openly praised God in a Facebook video because he felt the "fire" of God's Spirit and called the church a place where men "don't cheat on our women."
"I'm just trying to get higher so I'm steady climbing up on God because the more I get of him the harder it is for you to pull me down. That's the true wisdom behind it," said Smith in the video.
"That's why you got a majority of the people say if you scared, go to church. But no, the truth is if you ain't scared come to the church because that's where the real men at. That's why we don't cheat on our women. That's why we raise our kids. That's why we correct our sons. We ain't teaching them to shoot, gangbang and do stuff that had us crying," he said. more >>
Acclaimed worship band Hillsong United says they're "honored" to be nominated for an American Music Award for the second year in a row.
The "Touch the Sky" artists, led by megachurch Pastor Joel Houston, scored an AMA nod in the "Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational" category ahead of next month's awards show at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. The recognition comes five months after the release of Hillsong United's fourth studio album Empires, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian albums chart.
"Honored and excited to be nominated for the American Music Awards,'" the Australian band wrote via Facebook last week. more >>
Pope Francis says the Bible is "a highly dangerous book" due to the fact that so many people in the world are arrested or murdered for owning one.
In a prologue that is part of a youth Bible slated for publication this week, the pontiff wrote about the dangers of having a Bible, according to the Catholic publication Aleteia.
"There are more persecuted Christians in the world today than in the early days of the Church. And why are they persecuted? They are persecuted because they wear a cross and bear witness to Jesus. They are convicted because they own a Bible," wrote Francis. more >>
The Church of England is reportedly considering plans to keep some historic village churches across the country opened only on holy days such as Christmas and Easter due to population shifts and the ever-growing decline in attendance and church membership.
A major 66-page report by the CofE's Church Buildings Review Group noted that many churches are no longer sustainable, and that about one in four parishes have fewer than 10 regular worshipers.
The report proposes turning some parishes into "festival churches" in order to ease the financial burden, suggesting that they will only be used for key dates on the religious calendar, or occasions such as marriage and funerals. more >>