At least 100,000 people gathered at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for Harvest America 2016 on Sunday evening, according to Pastor Greg Laurie, and thousands of them responded to the California pastor's invitation to pray to accept Jesus into their lives.
"I know a few things about you," Laurie, senior pastor of the Harvest Christian Fellowship megachurch in California, told the cheering crowd in his message titled, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," which was also livestreamed to thousands of host locations across the country .
You're empty, you're lonely, you feel guilty and you fear death, the pastor told the gathering, which according to The Dallas Morning News was "the largest evangelical outreach in North Texas since Billy Graham drew 255,000 people to Texas Stadium." more >>
Pastor Andy Stanley issued an apology on social media for a recent sermon in which he said that people who go to a small church "are so stinkin' selfish."
The senior pastor of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, one of the largest churches in the U.S., posted on Twitter on Thursday expressing remorse for his remarks last weekend.
Pastor Kong Hee of Singapore's City Harvest Church has continued his tour around Southeast Asia, focusing this week on Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, which he called a "big harvest field" for Christianity.
Kong also spoke about the importance of implementing church "cell groups," which he argued allow even the world's biggest megachurches to effectively care for all of its members.
"What a big harvest field Indonesia is. The number of Christians has grown from 1.3 million to 24 million in the past 40 years, making up approximately 10 percent of the country's population," Kong wrote on Facebook. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie delivered a special sermon at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, on Sunday, just days before Harvest America, and encouraged the congregation not to hesitate in sharing the Gospel with the people they meet.
"Christ has given us our marching orders," Laurie, the pastor of the Harvest Fellowship megachurch in Southern California, told the audience at Prestonwood. "Jesus didn't say the whole world should go to the Church, but He did say the Church should go to the whole world."
Talking about the big crusade, Harvest America 2016, which will be held at the AT&T Stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play on March 6, Laurie said about 4,000 host sites are participating in it, making the Gospel known to people not only in all the states in the U.S., but also 50 other countries. more >>
Catholic League President Bill Donohue is calling on Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas to apologize this week for suggesting the Catholic Church doesn't come from God, but from a cult-like pagan religion inspired by Satan.
Donohue made the comments during a radio interview on "The Alan Colmes Show" earlier this week, when he was invited to speak about the controversy surrounding the Pope Francis–Donald Trump debate over the U.S. Mexico border and illegal immigration.
Donohue also spoke out against conservative commentator Ann Coulter, a Trump supporter whom he called a "mean-spirited, rampant anti-Catholic bigot." But then took aim at Jeffress, who in the past has suggested that the Catholic Church is a "genius of Satan." more >>
DALLAS — While on the road promoting her upcoming film "Miracles From Heaven," popular actress Jennifer Garner ("Alias", "13 Going on 30", "Daredevil") visited Bishop T.D. Jakes' church to attend Sunday service and spoke of the life-changing impact her movie role has played in her personal life.
"Ahhh I can't even watch the clip, I can't even see it, it makes me cry," Garner said as she joined Jakes and Christy Beam, who she protrays in the film, on stage.
"I fell so in love with this family, I fell so in love with their love for each other. I fell so in love with their faith," she said. "It was a transformative experience to play this woman right here, she made me stronger," the actress confessed about Christy as she choked up. more >>