Long lines of Maryland residents and those in surrounding areas are expected to queue Saturday at a BP gas station to receive free gas for their cars as part of a Maryland church's effort to have a ministry like Jesus.
The First Baptist Church of District Heights will be hosting a "Gas Buy-Down" event where locals can fill their gas tanks free of charge for up to $20. Co-sponsored by a local BP gas station along Marlboro Pike, the event will be held from 8am to 11am and is intended to provide some financial relief for members of the community and surrounding areas. (See below for the event address).
"We love to look for ways to reach our community in the most creative and fun ways possible," First Baptist's Senior Pastor Bobby Manning told The Christian Post on Wednesday. Manning said he first got the idea for a "Gas Buy-Down" from a pastor in New York and wanted to replicate it for his District Heights community. "I kind of took the idea and ran with it and got our team on it. We have a really great team." more >>
As many as 10,000 people left the Church of Denmark between April and June, statistics from the Scandinavian country have shown, due in part to a nationwide atheist campaign urging people to question the divinity of Jesus, and the importance of believing in God.
The Independent noted that the 10,000 people who left the faith in that time period is almost double the number who did the same between January and March, which has led the Danish Atheist Society to celebrate the news.
"We're pleased that Danes have taken the opportunity to express what they actually want. We have long seen in surveys that there aren't that many Danes who are devout Christians," Chairman Anders Stjernholm told Politiken. more >>
One academically rigorous, left leaning university has put its incoming freshmen on notice.
It's become so commonplace on American college campuses that it's hardly news anymore. Students demanding "safe spaces," where they aren't confronted by any idea that might offend them or challenge their way of thinking. Trigger warnings: Professors having to announce that a particular book or lecture may upset someone.
At many universities, students are so determined not to be offended that they will shout down and shut down appearances by speakers who dare to hold a different point of view. more >>
More than 130 congregations located in and around the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia will be taking part in a sermon series titled "Explore God."
Beginning this coming Sunday, the sermon series will be tackled by congregations across denominational lines, with the series being part of an ecumenical effort to reach out to the Richmond metropolitan area's approximately 1.2 million inhabitants.
"We all have questions about God, faith, and purpose. Maybe you've seen Explore God billboards around town, or you heard an ad on the radio, and you wondered what it's all about," noted a website dedicated to the sermon series outreach. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has decried Chicago's homicide rate of over 500 people killed this year alone as a "grim milestone."
In a Facebook message posted on Wednesday, the head of Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham Evangelistic Association reflected on the nearly 3,000 shootings that have resulted in 546 deaths this year, as reported by the Chicago Tribune and other local and national news outlets.
"This is a grim milestone. So far in 2016, more than 500 homicides have been committed in the city of Chicago. Ninety people were murdered just in August alone. One of them was a cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade," wrote Graham. more >>
Newly released research into the growth of megachurches has suggested that Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, remains the largest church in America, with a weekend attendance totaling 52,000 people.
Church Growth Today, a research center led by John N. Vaughan since 1980, said in a statement that Osteen's congregation remains the largest in America when it comes to weekend attendance, noting that the church has seen a growth of 7,200 people since 2010.
What is more, the church has five times as many followers as it did when it was led by founding Pastor John Osteen, who died in 1999. more >>