Grammy-nominated singer Crowder had an incredible opening week on the Billboard charts, with his latest project, American Prodigal, landing at No. 1 on the Christian and gospel albums chart, No. 3 on the digital albums chart, and No. 5 on the top albums Billboard charts. All the while his single, "Run Devil Run," continues to gain mainstream attention.
American Prodigal reached No. 12 on the overall Billboard top 200 chart. Ensuring its success, Crowder kicked off the album via a Twitter Music Q&A, exclusive Snapchat content with Spotify, and a performance on "Fox & Friends" where he sang his new song, "Run Devil Run," a song dedicated solely to taunting Satan.
"It is so great seeing and hearing how people are attaching to these songs," Crowder said of the 17 tracks found on the deluxe edition, in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "For me, they are obviously deeply meaningful, but they have swagger and are just stupid fun. I'm so happy folks have responded so exuberantly." more >>
Church discipline tends to get a bad rap. Pastors and congregations that practice it or even move toward practicing it are often vilified as unloving, "religious" posers who misrepresent the tender and compassionate Christ. However, the tender and compassionate Christ was actually the first one to prescribe church discipline:
"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector." – Matthew 18:15-17
Years following Jesus' instructions, Paul instructed the Corinthian church not to associate or even eat with a person who bears the name of Christ yet is guilty of perpetual, unrepentant sin (1 Corinthians 5:11-13). In the specific case of a man guilty of sexual immorality, he commanded the church to take the following action: more >>
A young Pentecostal congregation that launched three years ago in Indiana had their church building constructed in just 24 hours last week as part of the "Church in a Day" project.
Michael Faulk, pastor at New Life Church in Cumberland whose congregation started in April 2013, told The Christian Post that the "walls went up" on Thursday morning and "24 hours later the building was complete with carpet and paint." On Friday the church spent the day "moving into and decorating our new facility."
"Having a permanent location within our community will allow us to move forward with reaching our community. It will also allow us to expand our ministry to areas that were previously not possible within the confines of our rented space," said Faulk. more >>
I knew a pastor who instructed his worship leader to remove songs that mentioned the Holy Spirit, and another pastor who removed songs about the blood of Christ. How sad ... in their zeal to avoid charismatic excesses and offensive truths, these pastors actually quenched and grieved the Spirit.
A.W. Tozer insightfully said, "If the Lord's people were only half as eager to be filled with the Spirit as they are to prove that they cannot be filled, the church would be crowded out."
I sincerely believe that the greatest need in the church today is to confess our sins, obey the Word, and to be filled with the Spirit. more >>
"In the world you will have trouble . . ." – John 16:33.
Jesus was on his predictive A-game with this one, wasn't he?
Every person reading this article has had trouble in their life, does have trouble in their life, and will have trouble in their life. Though the intensity of it varies from season to season, difficulty, unfortunately, is an inescapable aspect of living in a cursed world. more >>
A-list actor and filmmaker Tom Hanks made a couple's wedding day very special last week when he took a detour from his jog through Central Park to congratulate the bride and groom while they posed for their wedding photos.
The "Sully" actor crept up behind the love birds and surprised them as they posed for a photo. Hanks shook their hands, kissed the bride, asked them for their names and then posed for a few pictures with them.
"Ryan, you're a lucky man," Hanks told the Groom. "Elizabeth, you're a lucky woman." more >>