The influential megachurch Life.Church will start a new sermon series this weekend that focuses on the messages behind Americans' favorite blockbuster movies.
"Average movies entertain us. The best ones inspire us. So what can movies tell us about our own lives? Plenty! Grab some popcorn and find a seat — At the Movies premieres July 9-10, only at Life.Church and Church Online," reads the announcement on the church's website.
Founded and led by Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel, Life.Church is a multisite worship community based in Oklahoma with locations in seven states. more >>
There it was: another email.
This one had a clear and poignant subject: "Pastor Search Committee Nightmare."
It was one of hundreds of similar pieces of communication I have received from pastors. The pastor receives a contact from a search committee. Often times the pastor is invited to go to the church for an on-site interview. This particular pastor had flown to the church several weeks earlier. more >>
Fans of Big Daddy Weave were shocked to learn that bassist Jason Weaver had to have both of his feet amputated after suffering from a life threatening infection earlier this month. His brother and lead singer of the band, Mike Weaver, is now opening up about the recovery process and the challenges ahead.
"Jay is getting better daily," Weaver told The Christian Post in an exclusive interview. "He is in good spirits, followed by inner minute frustration during having to really learn how to do a lot of things all over again. It's so good that he's at home now."
Jason was in the hospital for a month undergoing multiple surgery procedures and daily treatments to keep the infection in his legs from spreading. more >>
One is an American who through intense controversy became the presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican Party. The other is an Englishman who led the cause to have the United Kingdom leave the European Union.
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Church leaders from 33 different countries and all 50 states participated in Pastor Rick Warren's three-day "Purpose Driven Conference" at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, with nearly 70 percent being newcomers who were not at the first conference 10 years ago.
"The world needs hope like never before," Warren said in his opening speech Tuesday morning. "Our hope is not in government. It will never come through a politician. Our hope is not in who we put in the White House, but in who we put on the cross."
The Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church," Warren said in a statement ahead of the conference. "We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God's five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism." more >>
The new studio album from world-renowned modern hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty, Facing a Task Unfinished, debuted at No.4 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart and at No.4 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel chart. This marks the Gettys' highest-ever debut on the Billboard chart.
In addition, Facing a Task Unfinished, which went on sale June 17, debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Retail Praise/Worship chart and No.1 on the UK's Official Chart Top 20 Christian & Gospel Albums.
The Irish couple has impacted the world with their powerful hymns and worship songs, and now for their first album since 2012, they teamed up with internationally renowned music artists Chris Tomlin, Fernando Ortega, John Patitucci, and popular South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. more >>