Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren has congratulated American swimmer Michael Phelps for his record 23rd gold medal at the Olympic games in Rio De Janeiro, and said that God has a great future planned for the swimmer, who once contemplated suicide.
"Saw Michael Phelps, #PurposeDrivenSwimmer, win his 23rd gold! I've prayed for you each day in Rio. God has a great future for you," Warren wrote in a Facebook message on Sunday.
The 31-year-old athlete won his fifth gold at the Rio games along with teammates Ryan Murphy, Cody Miller and Nathan Adrian in the men's 4x100 medley relay, beating out Britain and Australia, who came in second and third respectively. more >>
A growing megachurch in Virginia will be moving its congregation to a new $10 million facility that when completed will be about 50,000 square feet.
Believers Church of Chesapeake is planning to move from the city's Western Branch community to Suffolk, with a groundbreaking on the new property scheduled for Monday, Aug. 22.
ACCRA, Ghana — Singers with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir were featured performers at the seventh annual Airtel Adom Praiz concert last Friday where 20 vocalists and five musicians represented the world-renowned 200-member choir.
The day before the concert at the Perez Dome, the New York City-based performers met with employees of the event's major sponsor, smartphone network Airtel Ghana, and sang some of the Brooklyn Tabernacle's hit songs; after which staff took selfies with the singers before they headed to sound check.
Come Friday night, the enthusiastic group of singers, ranging in age from 20 to 60, were prayed up and ready to worship with the people of Accra who roared in praise as they watched the Brooklyn Tabernacle performers take the stage. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll preached at The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, for its official opening on Sunday, saying he ended up there as a result of storms in his life.
"[W]e tend to think if things go well it's from the Lord and if things are hard it must be from Satan. Let me [tell you,] sometimes hard things come from God," Driscoll said during his sermon that focused on the story of Jonah, according to NBC's Seattle affiliate King 5 that was on site outside the church.
"Sometimes God will allow us to endure hardship for two reasons: to change who we are and where we are," he added. more >>
Tyndale House Publishers has decided it will not go ahead with the scheduled release of a book by former NewSpring Pastor Perry Noble, who was recently fired for alcohol addiction and other "unfortunate choices and decisions."
The former South Carolina megachurch pastor's latest book, 11 1/2 Questions To Help You Date Without Regret, which had been scheduled for launch on Sept. 27, has been moved to "unscheduled status," a spokeswoman for Tyndale House told Independent Mail.
"We plan to review this status at a future date and then evaluate the viability of releasing this book at another time," Margie Watterson was quoted as saying. She added that other titles by Noble will remain available for sale. more >>
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 >>