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.
A conservative Anglican leader stated that Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's recent comments on evangelism are "half-right."
At an interfaith event held in London earlier this month, the head of the 88 million-member Anglican Communion drew a line between evangelism and proselytizing by saying: "I draw the line in terms of respect for the other; in starting by listening before you speak; in terms of love that is unconditional and not conditional to one iota, to one single element on how the person responds to your own declaration of faith; and of not speaking about faith unless you are asked about faith," said Welby, according to the Telegraph.
"I draw a pretty sharp line, it is all based around loving the person you are dealing with which means you seek their wellbeing and you respect their identity and their integrity." more >>
While The Weekend and Adele dominated the mainstream charts at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, it was gospel pioneer Kirk Franklin and Hillsong United, one of the most popular worship groups in the world, who garnered the most wins in the gospel/Christian categories.
Held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the Billboard Music Award winners were based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, radio airplay, streaming, touring and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Spotify and other online sources for music. The measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Music and Next Big Sound and then calculated to choose the winners.
Franklin has two hit singles from his eleventh album, Losing My Religion in in the Top 5 of the Billboard charts. At the show, he won "Top Gospel Artist" beating out Anthony Brown and group therAPy, Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene and Marvin Sapp. He was also honored with "Top Gospel Album" for "Losing My Religion" as well as "Top Gospel Song" for "Wanna Be Happy?" which is currently at a record-breaking No. 1 on the charts. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham says Target CEO Brian Cornell is in denial over the reason for the company's plunging stock prices, insisting that the conservative boycott against the retailer's transgender bathroom policies is playing a key role.
"Target stock is tumbling after they announced a pro-transgender restroom policy allowing men to use women's bathrooms and changing rooms. Stock value has fallen 20 percent and shareholder value has lost $10 billion since they began promoting this dangerous policy," Graham wrote in a Facebook post on Monday.
Christian author and speaker Joyce Meyer says she's seen a good deal of compromise and giving into the ways of the world going on at church, and warns believers that society often blurs the lines between right and wrong.
"There is a ton of compromise in the church today. We can't just be like the world, and be an example to the world," Meyer said in a sermon to her congregation in St. Louis online on Monday.
"The lines are getting really blurred out there about what is even right, and what's wrong," she added. more >>
Creationist Ken Ham has invited Bill Nye, known as "The Science Guy," to tour the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, the life-size Noah's Ark replica that is due to open on July 7, explaining that he wants to be friends with Nye, not adversaries.
"I want to publicly invite Bill Nye to come visit the Ark, I want to show him personally, or just show him where the entrance is, and let him go on his own, whatever he wants to do," Ham said in a video message posted on Facebook on Monday.
"I'd be thrilled to be able to show Bill Nye through the Ark, and so I'll be interested to know if people out there think Bill Nye will take up my invitation. I hope that he does," he added. more >>