Justin Bieber reportedly spent time with Pastor Carl Lentz' family around the Thanksgiving holiday.
Bieber, the 20-year-old Canadian crooner, has reportedly been focused on his spiritual progression recently. The singer shared an image of he and the Hillsong NYC pastor's daughter playing in the snow, according to Us Weekly reports.
"Made a snowman with this little cutie," Bieber captioned the image on Twitter. "Make memories with the ones you love! #HappyThanksgiving." more >>
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 >>