Pope Francis urged South Korean Catholics to hold fast to the spirit of evangelization and reject "inhumane economic models" as their country's economy continues growing. The pope was addressing close to 50,000 people at Mass in his first ever visit to Asia.
The pontiff warned against the "allure of a materialism that stifles authentic spiritual and cultural values and the spirit of unbridled competition which generates selfishness and strife," Vatican Radio reported on Friday.
Speaking before a packed crowd at World Cup Stadium in Daejoen, Francis encouraged believers to "reject inhumane economic models which create new forms of poverty and marginalize workers, and the culture of death which devalues the image of God, the God of life, and violates the dignity of every man, woman and child." more >>
Pastor Maria Durso of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York bared her soul at last week's "Misfit the Conference" event in New York City and discussed horrifying past experiences that did not stop her from embracing her destiny.
The conference took place in Salvation Army Centennial Theater which is just two blocks away from where she grew up in Manhattan. She admitted to passing the building totally "stoned" as a youngster and discussed her addiction to drugs and drinking and God's deliverance from it.
"Twenty-five years of crazy immediately gone," said Durso when explaining how long her life had taken a turn for the worst and how easily God was able to heal that part of her. more >>
For many reasons, religious beliefs have greatly influenced American public policy and political elections. Because of its demographics and history, the United States has numerically more Christians (and more Protestants) than any other country in the world. There are nearly 313 million people in America, making the United States the third most populous country in the world.
According to the 2012 U.S. Census, three quarters of Americans claimed adherence to the Christian faith. (Whether or not they understand Christianity is another matter.) These Christians have various affiliations: 140 million are nondenominational, 62 million are Catholic, 40 million are Evangelical Protestants, and 26 million are Mainline Protestants. The states with the greatest number of religious congregations are Texas, California, and Pennsylvania.
The next largest group categorized by the Census is comprised of those who identify as having no religion. Following this group are those who identify as Jewish, Agnostic, Atheist, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu. more >>
Young Guns, a segment that featured three pastors on stage at the same time preaching one sermon was one of the standout parts of this year's "Misfit the Conference," a youth and young adults event which took place in New York City last week.
Pastor Chris Durso of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York, was joined by Pastor Rick Wilkerson Jr. of Trinity Church in Miami, Florida and Pastor Chad Veach of City Church in Seattle, Washington for a collaborative sermon where they discussed the dreams of Joseph described in the book of Genesis.
The three pastors sat around a table and took turns addressing the crowd. more >>
Embattled pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church in Singapore has insisted before court that the millions spent on his wife Sun Ho's pop star career were necessary for the growth and expansion of the megachurch, explaining that his role evolved from that of a "shepherd" to being a "rancher."
"If not for the Crossover, we would be just another neighborhood church. The Crossover Project doubled, tripled our congregation size," he told the court, according to Channel News Asia.
Spain has come a long way in embracing the Gospel and continues to thrive despite being known as a dead end for Protestant churches, said Juan Carlos Escobar, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Spain.
Escobar's message on church planting was part of the denomination's 100th anniversary celebration taking place in Springfield, Missouri, this week. He noted that the country's religious landscape has shifted over several decades and will do so as the Assemblies of God intends to plant a total of 1,000 churches by 2020.
"It's true, Spain and other countries are cemeteries for preachers, evangelists and missionaries. However, they are not cemeteries of death but they are breeding grounds for the Gospel," said Escobar. more >>