A historic Florida megachurch that experienced a large decline followed by a steady resurgence in membership over the past few years is considering selling off a portion of its property.
Calvary Assembly of Orlando was founded in the 1950s. Considered one of the first megachurches of the United States, at its peak it had around 7,000 members.
However, steep declines in membership have led Calvary Assembly to consider an offer to sell part of the church's property to a developer. more >>
Lakewood Church's Joel and Victoria Osteen's America's Night of Hope has crisscrossed the country spreading the hope of the Gospel. Now that message may reach an even wider audience with a partnership with Hallmark Channel.
Multichannel News reported that Hallmark will team up with the Osteens, who will produce an original special that is likely to garner a large audience thanks to Hallmark's viewer track record. The channel reached No. 2 among primetime total viewers with an all-time high of 2.48 million last year during the week of Nov. 23-29, according to Variety.
The special will spotlight an edited version of the Osteen's Detroit-based event, which is part of their America's Night of Hope events that take place around the country, according to Hallmark. more >>
First Baptist Church Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said in a sermon that unlike humans, animals have no spirits, and at the same time predicted that the majority of people are going to end up in hell, separated from God.
"Solomon says in Ecclesiastic 3:19-21, 'Here's how we're different. The animal has no spirit, but man has a spirit that descends to Heaven even after he dies,'" Jeffress told the audience in his message.
"That's how we're different from the animals," he insisted. more >>
Nationally known Christian pastors are expressing their condolences following the passing of Left Behind series co-author and megachurch pastor Tim LaHaye, who died of a stroke Monday at age 90.
David Jeremiah, senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California, said in a statement obtained by The Christian Post that he had been friends with LaHaye for more than 40 years and was his pastor for 35.
"Tim was one of the most godly men I have ever known. Almost every conversation I had with him ended with his praying with me and for me. He wrote me extended letters of appreciation for what God was doing in our church. We shared long lunches together talking about ministry and praying for our nation," Jeremiah said. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll has analyzed the often-asked question of whether Christians should be consuming alcohol, and noted that while different churches have different traditions on the matter, he would not agree with those who advocate for prohibition.
Driscoll looked at the question through a personal, historical, and scriptural lens, and said that because of his family history of alcohol abuse, he abstained from drinking until the age of 30.
Harvest Christian Fellowship Senior Pastor Greg Laurie and his wife, Cathe, reflected on the loss of their son, Christopher, who died eight years ago in a car accident on his way to church, and expressed their gratitude to those who supported them without making "oversimplified theological statements."
Greg shared on Sunday a message from Cathe on Facebook, marking eight years since Christopher's death.
"Thank you to the ones who stayed. To you who listened. Who watched me cry awkward tears. To you who let me do most of the talking. Who didn't tell me I should look on the bright side by saying, 'Well at least you have his children still.' Who sat with me in church. Who held my hand. Who didn't leave me to stand alone in a crowd who walked by my side and ran interference," the message read. more >>