Tickets to a massive campaign rally for GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump planned for Friday at the Wave Church Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia sold out within a matter of hours after the event was open for registration, and now one local politician is pushing for a larger venue as demand continues to swell.
Virginia House of Delegates Republican Rep. Scott Taylor from Virginia Beach, who is hosting Trump at the event, explained in a statement Wednesday on his Facebook page that the speed with which the 2,500 tickets were snapped-up was unexpected and that he would try to push for a larger event space to accommodate the demand.
Ta'Rhonda Jones says she got a sign from Jesus Christ before landing the role of Cookie Lyons' assistant on FOX's breakout series "Empire" in 2014, and now her level of fame makes it difficult for her to worship in church. "The preacher will say, 'Y'all give it up for the girl from 'Empire,' so I take the back door to exit," she told The New York Post. "The bad part is that people that did me wrong in the past now try to reach out to me like we are friends."more >>
Presidential candidates seeking the Evangelical vote will be speaking to a sold-out crowd of 7,000 potential voters at a Texas megachurch in mid-October.
Sen.Ted Cruz, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Sen. Rick Santorum and Carly Fiorina have already confirmed their attendance and will be expounding on their views to attract support from this coveted interest group during the Oct. 18 forum, sponsored by Prestonwood Baptist Church and the Faith & Freedom Coalition at the congregation's Plano campus.
"As Christians, we're interested in all the issues: marriage and family, sanctity of life, wealth and poverty, racial reconciliation, immigration, human trafficking, justice, and so much more," said Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, to The Christian Post about the church's first-ever candidates' forum. more >>
Hillsong Worship, the internationally renowned worship group from Australian megachurch Hillsong in Sydney, is set to release a new live album in October called Open Heaven/River Wild.
Described as Hillsong's "congregational expression" of worship, the project was recorded live at the church's annual conference in Sydney back in June, which was the first time that has ever been done. More than 25,000 congregants, including pop star Justin Bieber, attended the five-day conference and the new album features songs written by several Hillsong worship leaders, including Hillsong United's Joel Houston and Taya Smith.
"In Jesus … Heaven opens, and in us He stirs a 'River Wild' ... a passionate explosive love for God and for the humanity He created," said Hillsong's Global Creative Director Cassandra Langton, as she described the inspiration behind the album name on Tuesday. "This is the premise of the album and our prayer is that these songs would ignite and stir within you a passion for God and a love for people." more >>
As a record $1 billion worth of religious-affiliated properties were sold across the United States in 2014 due to high maintenance costs and declining membership, some churches are now choosing to redevelop their properties through profitable deals with real estate investment companies in an effort to improve their financial security.
Citing data provided by CoStar Group, a provider of commercial real estate data, a Wall Street Journal report said a record 1,502 sales of religious-affiliated properties valued at $1.3 billion were sold in 2014. This is nearly twice the 889 sales made in 2010 valued at $578.9 million.
According to the Journal, a growing number of these churches, like The Collegiate Churches of New York, have been partnering with real-estate development companies to develop properties to generate revenue. more >>
In a biting message aimed at Christian gossip lovers on Sunday, Robert Morris, founding senior pastor of the 36,000-member Gateway Church in Texas and chairman of the board of The King's University, cited gossip as a factor in how some Christians get lost, and chided those who won't listen to gossip but have no problem reading it on the Internet.
In the message pegged on the parable of the prodigal son, titled "The Believer's Battle," posted on his church's website, Morris said he was concerned about the amount of time people spend on the Internet — particularly on blogs that focus on Christian leaders.
"I have to say this, um, I'm really concerned about how much time people spend on the Internet. I'm extremely concerned about it. Extremely concerned about it." more >>