Faithful throughout the world participated in Ash Wednesday services yesterday at the start the Lenten season, and hundreds took the opportunity to join one Methodist congregation in its "Drive Thru Ashes" event.
Munholland United Methodist Church of Metairie sponsored a "Drive Thru Ashes" event in which hundreds of drivers received the ashy cross upon the forehead.
"This event is about taking the church into the community and meeting people where they are. Many of the people who came through yesterday were on their way to or from work or unable to attend services at their church," said the Rev. Tim Smith of Munholland UMC to The Christian Post, explaining that this was the second year the congregation has hosted the event. more >>
It's been a decade since North Carolina-based Elevation Church first opened its doors, and lead pastor Steven Furtick is celebrating that milestone along with 40,000 "professions of faith" thus far in his ministry.
In a Twitter post shared with his more than a quarter million followers, the megachurch pastor wrote, "Core team … still together 10yrs & 40k professions of faith later. God is Able ... " The message was accompanied by two photos of Furtick's "core team," one apparently taken 10 years ago and the other one more recently.
Christian Post had featured Furtick in a 2013 special article series called "An Inside Look at a New Generation of Pastors." The series interviewed up-and-coming pastors under the age of 40 who preached orthodox biblical Christianity and were successful in conveying the Gospel message in a way that resonated with today's generation. At the time of the article series, Furtick was 33 and was the founding and lead pastor of Elevation Church, a multi-site church in Charlotte, North Carolina, with an average of more than 14,000 people in attendance each weekend, according to the church. more >>
Model, actor, and singer Tyrese Gibson is known for his racy music and his role in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, but the R&B singer recently took to Instagram to credit Christ for the "influence" he has on others and to declare that he lacks nothing because of Jesus.
Gibson tends to make the most of social media by frequently posting comments and videos about his views on happenings in popular culture. Lately his online platforms are being used more and more to share his faith. In a recent Instagram post he revealed that his success is not the reason for his wealth.
"Every show while I'm singing I'm praying, when I lift my hands I am thanking the Lord Jesus Christ for the God given stage of influence he has given me," Gibson wrote. more >>
Late night host Jimmy Kimmel mocked Republican presidential candidates in a "What Would Jesus Say?" skit by having an actor portraying Jesus repeat some of the controversial comments they've made during campaign events.
On "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last week, the TV host chided some of the candidates who often reference their faith to appeal to evangelical voters.
Both Republican and Democratic candidates have spoken about their religious beliefs as they rallied supporters on the campaign trail. Last Monday, for example, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, opened his speech after winning the Iowa caucuses by saying: "God bless the great state of Iowa. Let me first of all say, to God be the glory." more >>
While everyone flooded social media with posts about which team they were rooting for during Super Bowl 50, evangelist Franklin Graham took the opportunity to share the strong Christian faith of some of the players from both the Broncos and Panthers.
Franklin, who is following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Billy Graham, often uses social media to address mainstream topics through the lens of Christianity. While a fan of football himself and admittedly rooting for his home team the North Carolina Panthers, the minister took a moment to reflect on the faith of some of the men that he respects from both teams competing in Super Bowl 50.
"Did you know that Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Stewart puts on more than his shoulder pads, helmet, and uniform before playing football?" Graham wrote on Facebook on Super Bowl Sunday. "Every day he said he puts on the armor of God after he wakes up. Now that's real protection, and we all need it! The Bible says, 'Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.'" more >>
Daughter of Grammy Award-winning producer Rodney Jerkins and actress Joy Enriquez, Heavenly Joy, is using her talent and charm to win over Christians' hearts and minds in her single "War."
"You can't have my family, my joy, my peace, my health, my worth and definitely not my Jesus! This means #WAR! My friends and I of all ages are ready for battle! Are you!?" the caption for the new Heavenly Joy video reads.
The new single "War" features pastor and musician Charles Jenkins. Throughout the tune Heavenly Joy can be heard passionately pleading the blood of Jesus to cover every lie of Satan. more >>