Long before she was excommunicated from the Catholic Church, superstar Madonna and her parents had a history attending a place of worship called Our Lady of the Visitation Church. Now that the church is about to be sold, the famed singer's brother has an idea of what to do with it.
"It'd be nice if they could do something with the church, maybe an art museum – anything to keep it going, it's a nice structure," said Martin Ciccone, Madonna's older brother, in an MLive report. "I'd like to see somebody keep it and do something artistic with it."
The Catholic church in Bay City, Michigan, was more than a place where Madonna attended Mass. It also is the place where her parents Tony Ciccone and Madonna Fortin were married over sixty years ago. Her brother, the owner of Ciccone Vineyard & Winery in Western Michigan, is sad to hear that the church is going to be sold. more >>
After Tamar Braxton announced that she was going off the social media grid amid reports that she had been fired from her co-hosting duties on "The Real," the singer and reality television star has decided to spend more time in church.
The singer appeared in an Instagram image with gospel singer Erica Campbell whose record producer husband, Pastor Warryn Campbell, leads the California Worship Center. Braxton attended the church's service with her husband, Vincent Herbert, and their 3-year-old son, Logan.
The general editor behind an award-winning book assessing the history, culture, and beliefs of the 600 million Evangelicals around the world, says that the American Christian Right does not define the Evangelical experience and reflected on reasons for growing secularization in the West.
Evangelicals Around the World: A Global Handbook for the 21st Century, which has been recognized with the Gold Award for Education Resources in the third annual Illumination Book Awards, explores numerous far-ranging topics affecting the lives of Evangelicals around the globe, including the central pillars of what it means to be an Evangelical.
Dr. Brian C. Stiller, the global ambassador for the World Evangelical Alliance and former president of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, who is also the general editor of the book, shared with The Christian Post in an interview that David Bebbington, a professor of history at the University of Stirling in Scotland, provided in 1989, a four-pillar definition of what it means to be an Evangelical, which continues to be "quite conclusive." more >>
When faced with life's problems, the story of Moses serves as an example of why God encourages us to "handle it," Pastor Steven Furtick says.
Furtick, who serves as senior pastor of Elevation Church, one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in the nation, focused his most recent sermon on the concept of "handling it," using the example of Moses in Exodus 4:1-5 as a lesson that God will help us handle what we can't, but will not help us handle what we won't.
"I don't know what you're going through, I don't know what you're dealing with, but God told me to tell you handle it!" the megachurch pastor proclaims at the beginning of the sermon. more >>
New research into the religious beliefs of people in the U.K. has found that for the first time ever, those without a religion outnumber Christians, at least when it comes to the countries of England and Wales.
"The striking thing is the clear sense of the growth of 'no religion' as a proportion of the population," said Stephen Bullivant, senior lecturer in theology and ethics at St Mary's Catholic University in Twickenham.
"The main driver is people who were brought up with some religion now saying they have no religion. What we're seeing is an acceleration in the numbers of people not only not practising their faith on a regular basis, but not even ticking the box. The reason for that is the big question in the sociology of religion," added Bullivant, who analyzed data collected through British Social Attitudes surveys over three decades. more >>
An expert on helping churches grow their ministries agrees with the recent comments by Life.Church Pastor Craig Groeschel that churches need to be careful in adding new campuses.
In comments made at the recent conference Catalyst One Day in Birmingham, Alabama, Groeschel argued that churches needed to be cautious about adding more campuses.