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 >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, answers the question of what happened to people before the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and whether they ended up in Heaven or Hell.
Laurie said in a Facebook video on Tuesday that in his view, the correct answer is "neither."
"They went to Hades," he explained. more >>
Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz was recently interviewed by television star Oprah Winfrey on her SuperSoul Sunday talk show program and described what he believes is the "root of racism" in America today.
Lentz, who proclaimed on Facebook in September that he and his megachurch won't be chanting "All Lives Matter" because "black lives apparently are worth less on our streets," talked with Winfrey for over 40 minutes about faith, religion and Christ.
But one of the last questions that the 62-year-old African-American megastar asked the 31-year-old pastor was what he thinks "the root of racism is." more >>
Willow Creek Community Church has launched a billboard campaign during the last leg of the election season with a simple message: "Love Everyone, Always."
The Chicago, Illinois area-based megachurch put up 27 digital billboards on Monday, with the intention of having them displayed until Sunday, November 20.
The digital message also changes to have the word "Love" periodically replaced with the words "Bless," "Serve,", "Protect," and "Forgive." more >>
Trinity Church in Arizona pastor Mark Driscoll has said that Christians will again be faced with a dilemma this Halloween season about how to respond to the celebration, and said that the three choices ahead of them are "receive, reject, or redeem."
Driscoll pointed out in his video message on Monday answering a reader's question that Christians in different parts of the world and throughout history have had many different approaches to the various holidays and events of the calendar year, from Halloween to Easter to Christmas, and even birthdays.
The pastor outlined this long history and the great deal of positions Christians have taken on the holidays, and said that nowadays there is no universally agreed upon way that works for all people. more >>
California-based Saddleback Church, led by Pastor Rick Warren, has reached a new milestone in its 36 years of ministry with its 45,000th baptism, and the pastor took the 45,000th person baptized out to lunch.
"This weekend is a historic weekend for our church because somebody in this group is going to be the 45,000th baptism of Saddleback Church," Pastor Warren told his congregation last Sunday, as the church reached the unprecedented achievement. "And I'm going to take whoever that person is, out to lunch," Warren added.
Last weekend alone, 792 people were baptized, and Pastor Warren personally baptized 600 of them. This led to Saddleback recording 45,743 baptisms in total thus far across all 16 campuses, the church announced in a statement. more >>