Contemporary Christian music's newest artist, Zach Williams, is sharing the freedom he's found in Jesus with his new smash hit single, "Chain Breaker." The former rock star walked away from a life of drugs and rock 'n' roll to follow God's plan for his life and to share his newfound hope with others.
Williams grew up in a Christian home where both his mother and father were heavily involved in church. But as a teenager he drifted away from the values his parents had instilled in him.
"Everything we did as a child revolved around church until my high school years. I knew at a young age I had an experience and an encounter with the Lord. I just never understood salvation. I always felt like the kid that every Sunday had to get in front of the church at the altar call and get resaved, it just never really clicked with me," Williams told The Christian Post. more >>
Popular hip-hop artist and Reach Records founder Lecrae wrote an open letter to Huffington Post about where he currently is in this season of his life, and confessed that he has been battling depression and is a mess because of the loss of black lives.
Since the killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by police officers, Lecrae has openly become an advocate for racial reconciliation and has used his voice and gifts to spread awareness.
The popular emcee pioneered his way into the mainstream music industry by sharing the message of Jesus Christ, and charged other believers to speak out against injustice. more >>
Jonathan Cain, longtime keyboardist and rhythm guitarist for one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, Journey, is gearing up to release his new Christian album, What God Wants to Hear on Friday.
Cain co-wrote the best selling hit, "Don't Stop Believin,'" for Journey and says his new album, What God Wants to Hear, is filled with personal songs about his faith journey. The first single, "Deeper than Deep," and the rest of the album was recorded at Addiction Sound, Cain's state-of-the-art studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
The 66-year-old musician admits that he has never felt this close to the Lord after working on this new record and hopes the songs will help others feel the same. more >>
WASHINGTON — The Ewan McGregor film "American Pastoral," which opens in theaters Friday, starring Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning hints that a couple's mixed-faiths can negatively impact the family.
When Lou Levov (Perter Riegert), the Jewish owner of a New Jersey-based glove factory, urges his son Seymour (Ewan McGregor) not to marry a local Catholic beauty queen and a former Miss New Jersey, Dawn Dwyer (Jennifer Connelly), but to marry within the faith, Lou wonders what religion his grandchild will be. Dawn says they will leave the decision up to the child.
The advances to 1968 — the year Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, America was preparing to send a man to the moon, the cost of gas was 34 cents, and life was ideal within the country's upper middle class. But outside of that bubble was a world in a state of flux and violence was about to arrive at the doorstep of the Levov family. more >>
Kirk Cameron's film "Revive Us" hit cinemas nationwide for a live event Tuesday night and his sister, Candace Cameron Bure, said she attended the New York viewing and those around her were so moved that they gathered together and fervently prayed for the United States.
"So happy to worship with these brothers and sisters in Christ at the showing of my big bro Kirk's 'Revive Us' in New York City, Time Square!" Bure wrote on Facebook along with a photo of some of her prayer partners.
"We hugged each other, took pictures and best of all, prayed fervently as a group together for our country, our leaders, our families, our children and those who are sick, hurting and in need. Yup, strangers ... praying and loving on each other. What a concept! We LOVE you, Lord. Revive our hearts to love you with every part of our being." more >>
International superstar Justin Bieber was baptized in 2014, and in a recent sit down with Oprah, Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz details the eventful experience and says Justin Bieber is the perfect example of a serious Christian.
On her show "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah says she marvels at the fact that Bieber, despite being a young star, has not fallen apart. She equated his resiliency to being friends with Lentz and then asked about the time the New York pastor performed Bieber's baptism.
Lentz said he met Bieber after his friend, fellow pastor Judah Smith, contacted him and said he was "working" with Bieber and wanted the two of them to connect. more >>