Teen Mania Ministries founder and author of new book Resilient, Ron Luce, said the reason why so many people's faith falls apart after a crisis is because they aren't passionate followers of Christ.
Luce likened passionate Christians to fans of a beloved band in a recent interview with The Christian Post. "Someone might ask how do you follow Him? I don't see Him. How do you follow a band you never met personally? Well you know their songs, you google them, if you're a stalker you find out about their family, how they wrote songs? How they started as a band. Well what if we google Jesus? What if we stalked Jesus? What if we knew more of Jesus' lyrics than our favorite band's lyrics?"
The problem with most Christians, Luce said, is they are merely posing as passionate Jesus followers. more >>
Churchgoers could soon have the option of gorging on a Bic Mac and hearing the Gospel in the same establishment, if one religious group has its way.
A religious group in the U.S. is on a mission to build the first ever "McMass church," in which a McDonald's restaurant will be built inside of the church to boost attendance.
The McMass project, led by entrepreneur Paul Di Lucca, is a multi-denominational group that is seeking to raise $1 million in order finance the unusual project. more >>
Members of a Chicago church who were given $500 each made possible from a real estate deal the church received are using their share to help various programs and initiatives around the city.
LaSalle Church, handed out $500 to each of its congregants back in September and urged them to use the money to bless someone else. According to their pastor, Laura Truax, that's exactly what they have done.
Truax says she learned the concept in the part of the Gospel where Jesus teaches that wherever people's hearts are, that's where they will spend their money. more >>
For the first time since the Islamic State seized most of the Nineveh province in northern Iraq over the summer, a Christian mass was successfully held at a church in a small Iraqi village nearly 20 miles north of the ISIS stronghold of Mosul this past Sunday, Iraqi News reports indicate.
Although reports coming from Iraqi news outlets originally said that the mass was held at the Mar Yacob Church in the Christian village of Telskuf, Father Paulus Thabit Makku, a Chaldean priest in Mosul, told Fides News that the Eucharist was held at the only other church in Telskuf, Saint Georges Chaldean church.
"We celebrated the Eucharist this Sunday in one of the Nineveh province's villages – the first time since locals were forced out last August by ISIS jihadists," Father Makku said. more >>
Lifeway Research Survey suggests U.S. church spending may be out of sync with member donations.
A September survey of 1,000 pastors, ministers, and priests revealed that two-thirds of U.S. Protestant churches are incurring expenditures meeting or exceeding their 2014 budgets. Of that number, 46 percent of church bodies reported that their spending matched their budgets while 22 percent stated that their receipts exceeded their budgets.
Only 29 percent of churches kept their spending below budget. more >>
Reaction to the dissolving of Mars Hill Church called for by its elders two weeks after the resignation of its founding pastor, Mark Driscoll, has been varied, including high praise for the controversial pastor's impact on the lives of people who attended his church, a letter of repentance to two former pastors signed by 18 former elders, and fond memories of an edgy congregation meeting in the Seattle area and taking on the world around them.
"Eleven years ago, I walked into a dimly lit former warehouse with crazy art hung up everywhere, tattooed and pierced guys and girls handing out pamphlets, hard rock reverberating through the dark-painted walls, and a short, kinda thick guy up on stage yelling at everyone," wrote Seth MacGillivray, a former long-time member and deacon at Mars Hill, in a post on his Facebook page Friday evening.
"The place was called Mars Hill Church. I was a new Christian, and had a view of most Jesus-followers as a cross between Ned Flanders and high school girls who listened to DC Talk. Here was something new: an ultra-orthodox view of the bible combined with a liberal view of the world," he continued. more >>