Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina says he would choose to play AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" before his Easter service again, like he did in 2009 in a controversial move, except this time he would make it better.
Noble, who oversees a weekly attendance of 32,000, wrote on his blog this week that his decision to play the popular AC/DC song seven years ago garnered criticism from some of his congregants, but he felt that the ultimate effect of the song was positive.
If he were to do it again, Noble says he would choose to do a "mash-up" of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and another hit, "Hells Bells." more >>
"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world," (Galatians 6:14).
Why is the world offended by the cross? Why are so many disturbed when the name of Jesus is mentioned? Why is His name, above all others, often taken in vain?
The answer is simple: There is power in His name, and there is power in the cross — power that shakes the spiritual realm. Philippians 2:9-11 says that God has highly exalted Jesus and has given Him a name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. more >>
Jesus' death and resurrection made the cross an important Christian symbol, evangelical leader the Rev. Billy Graham explains ahead of Good Friday.
Graham's elaborates on the significance of the cross in response to a question published in the Kansas City Star that asked:
I am a foreign student here, but I do not come from a Christian country. I am curious about your religion. Why do churches have a cross on top of them, and why do some people wear a cross? What does it mean? — R.V. more >>
A new ad by the Church of England depicting a former drug user playing the role of Jesus in a re-enactment of the Passion Play before Easter is looking to send a message that faith and hope triumph over struggle.
"From bereavement to addiction, from homelessness to imprisonment, Easter is a reminder that suffering doesn't have the last word and that love is more powerful than the grave. Each of the stories is a testimony to the fact that love wins," said the Rev. Arun Arora, director of communications for the CofE.
"As the Church across the globe celebrates Easter day we wanted to make a film that highlighted the stories of individuals who have come through suffering to the Easter joy of faith in Jesus." more >>
Pope Francis has announced he will be washing the feet of both male and female refugees on Holy Thursday.
Twelve refugees, both women and men, will be participating in the event tomorrow at an asylum center in Castelnuovo di Porto, outside of Rome.
The annual event is meant to symbolize Jesus' washing of the twelve disciples' feet prior to his crucifixion. more >>
Saddleback Church in Southern California, founded by best-selling author Pastor Rick Warren, is hoping to reach 50,000 people through a massive multi-campus Easter celebration this coming weekend.
Warren will deliver the Easter sermons for all 57 services offered at 16 campuses, including ten locations in Southern California, as well as international gatherings in Berlin, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, and South Manila.
Those who cannot attend a service are encouraged to view one through the online campus. more >>