The world is getting a glimpse of the journey Israel Houghton & NewBreed chose to capture in a new trailer for the upcoming concert documentary, "Israel Houghton & NewBreed – Covered: Alive in Asia."
In the 30 second trailer, the two-time nominee for the 2016 Grammy Awards is ministering through music to a sea of worshippers during high-energy performances with his band.
The Chinese government's crackdown against Christian churches has reportedly continued, with authorities shutting down a church in the Guizhou province where a pastor cared for orphans, the sick and elderly.
"Most of our congregation was very upset," pastor Su Tianfu Su of Huoshi Church in Guiyang, told Voice of America News on Thursday.
"We feel we're a faithful group, which has done nothing but a lot of charitable work in Guiyang by reaching out to those in need, including orphans and the sick and the elderly." more >>
General overseer of the Nigeria-based Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Enoch Adeboye, who was named one of the world's 50 most powerful people in 2008 by Newsweek, told congregants this week that they should not give an offering to his church if they are unsure of their salvation.
Addressing congregants at the opening of the church's annual Holy Ghost Congress on Monday, Adeboye told members that when they give an offering they are sending money to Heaven. He warned, however, that it is a waste to send money to a place if they are unsure if they will enter.
"The Bible teaches that when you are giving to the work of God you are sending money to Heaven. You are sending money ahead to the bank in Heaven. You are laying up your treasures above. And that's the major reason why I decided to take the offering tonight because I want to make an announcement. And I want that announcement to go around the entire Redeemed Christian Church of God," said Adeboye in a recording of the service posted on YouTube. more >>
I never would have predicted these changes to take place so rapidly.
Indeed I am surprised to be writing about them today as major changes. But they are a growing reality.
The two major changes have a similar theme: decentralization. The first is a decentralization of facilities. The second is a decentralization of leadership. more >>
Cable channel TLC has announced that it will broadcast "America's Toughest Bible Competition," known as the "Bible Bowl," the week after Christmas.
TLC's coverage of the youth Bible competition will be in a reality television format as they follow the progress of a few of the participants, according to Tony Maglio of The Wrap.
Last Easter, I wrote a post about "11 Reasons Pastors Struggle on Easter." Now, the Christmas season is upon us. Despite all the fun of this holiday, this time of year can also be difficult for pastors.
Here are several reasons why:
1. The season feels like it goes on for too long. more >>