There is nothing holy about Christmas, according to gospel music singing Pastor Donnie McClurkin.
"We have to stop looking for the accoutrements that come with the holiday. There's nothing holy about the day," McClurkin said during an interview posted to Periscope on Friday. "We look for all the the accoutrements — the lights, the gifts, the ability to provide opulent stuff for our children. That's never what Jesus wanted for us."
McClurkin, the 56-year-old senior pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in Freeport, New York — who's also a Grammy Award winning gospel singer — is in Lagos, Nigeria, for the 10th annual event called "The Experience." The event brings ministers and singers together from around the world to speak about their faith and McClurkin did just that when he was questioned about what to tell people struggle during the Christmas season. more >>
A new study that focuses on trends and shifts among megachurches in the United States has found that although more Americans than ever are attending megachurches, megachurch worshipers are attending church less frequently.
On Tuesday, the Hartford Institute and the Leadership Network released a survey on "Recent Shifts in America's Largest Protestant Churches," which was funded by the Beck Group. Although the survey finds that megachurches continue to grow and expand across the U.S., there are some troubling trends within the megachurch phenomenon.
The survey, which is conducted every five years since 2000, is based off of 209 American Protestant churches that have a congregation of 1,800 or more members. more >>
Preachers don't typically slip expletives into their sermons, but pastor and gospel singer Le'Andria Johnson is not afraid to publicly use profanity to get her point across.
"Cheers to kissing nobody's a**...," the Grammy Award winning singer tweeted, writing out each letter of the expletive.
The eyebrow-raising statement caused some of Johnson's over 100,000 social media followers to express concern. more >>
The "Christian Gap" between Democrats and Republicans is growing wider.
A recent analysis of data compiled by the Pew Research Center shows the Republican Party becoming more Christian as the Democratic Party becomes less Christian.
Ronald Brownstein of the National Journal wrote that "religious affiliation marks a sharpening point of distinction between Republicans and Democrats." more >>
A once struggling, predominantly white church in Florida has experienced amazing growth since merging with a predominantly black megachurch.
In January, Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park announced that they were merging with Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
The conversation surprised me.
I was recently meeting with about a dozen members of a church that was on the precipice of closing. During their perceived "good old days," the average worship attendance was in the 40s and 50s. Now the church attendance was in the teens. The church was on metaphorical life support.
I shared with them some items of urgency that might give them some glimmer of hope. So I was surprised when one of the members asked me a question that seemed to come from nowhere: "Will we have to sing from screens instead of hymnals?" she asked with a tinge of anger. more >>