"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" isn't simply resonating with fans of the blockbuster movie franchise, it's reaching the pulpits and pews of churches across the U.S. and abroad this Christmas season, as believers spread the Gospel of Christ by highlighting parallels between the popular movie and the Bible.
Using "Star Wars" as a vehicle to connect people to Christ, New Jersey-based Liquid Church is going all out this Christmas season with a 60-minute "Star Wars"-themed "holiday experience," called Cosmic Christmas Eve.
The free event will feature a live "Star Wars" nativity scene complete with characters Princess Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca. Visitors will be able to take a photo with "Darth Santa" and enjoy movie-related giveaways. more >>
The United Methodist Church received nearly $3 million in donations in a single day as part of the global observation known as Giving Tuesday, or #GivingTuesday.
"Nearly 6,000 donors from 27 countries donated $2.8 million through The Advance to support mission and ministries around the world," the UMC Global Ministries announced this week. The sum is an increase from the $2.4 million the Mainline Protestant denomination received at the same time last year.
"The denomination's General Board of Global Ministries matched the first $1 million, building additional incentive for giving. More than 770 projects and missionaries received 8,757 gifts through The Advance, the designated giving channel of The United Methodist Church." more >>
America has "schizophrenia" toward God, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said in a Sunday speech at Cornerstone Family Church in Des Moines, Iowa.
"If it's in our founding document, it's in our pledge, it's in our courts and it's on our money, but we're not supposed to talk about it, what in the world is that? That is what is called schizophrenia," Carson said as part of his 10-minute speech, The Des Moines Register reported.
A persecution watchdog group has said that local government authorities in a village in Mexico are threatening to kick out 158 Protestant Christians from their community, who have already faced years of persecution and forced starvation.
International Christian Concern reported that officials from the village of Mariano Matamoros have threatened the Protestant Christians in the small Chiapas community, giving them a deadline of November 30 to either reconvert back to Roman Catholicism, or face expulsion.
ICC Advocacy Director Isaac Six noted in a press release that Mexico has ignored rising tensions among religious communities in rural areas for decades. 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 >>
NEW YORK — Act after act hit the stage at Madison Square Garden on Friday for TobyMac's "This is Not a Test" tour. Artists Hollyn, Colton Dixon, Britt Nicole were on the bill along with TobyMac and his diverse city band. The 51-year-old hiphop/pop star used his platform to share his stance on the current racial and religious issues affecting the world.
Before TobyMac hit the stage in between one of the earlier sets, his drummer, B.Haley from the Diverse City band took to the stage with a powerful 10-minute presentation for a new movement calling for unity of every race and denomination under the banner of Christ.
Mac and his crew are a multi-racial bunch, hence the name Diverse City. It was apparent that B.Haley's movement, called We Are 1, is fully backed by Mac since Haley spoke freely and confidently to the crowd. During his passionate speech Haley explained to everyone in the sold-out theater that the purpose of We Are 1 is to Love, Unite and Build a community of one body. more >>