Author and Lakewood megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen expressed excitement over Pope Francis' visit to the United States this week and believes the pontiff is a "man of the people" who is focused on inclusion.
Osteen spoke with The Christian Post this week where he shared his thoughts on the pontiff.
"I like the Pope. I like that he's making the Catholic Church more open to bring people in and not exclude them. He's a man of the people. I like what he stands for — humility, reaching out to others and he's not so formal that people can't relate to him," said Osteen to CP. more >>
Pop singer Selena Gomez has revealed her favorite Christian singer to be an award-winning Hillsong worship leader.
The "Same Old Love" singer, who regularly attends Australian megachurch Hillsong's U.S. branches, was asked to name her "favorite Christian artist" while promoting her latest movie "Hotel Transylvania 2." After briefly pondering, Gomez praised acclaimed New Zealand singer-songwriter Brooke Fraser, whom she also knows personally.
"I'm trying to think," Gomez, 23, told Breathecast's Jeannie Law in Miami last week. "I love Brooke Fraser. She's my favorite and I have the pleasure of knowing her and she's incredible. I've always loved her music." more >>
God brought good out of Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, so was he not responsible for his act? It was a choice Judas made, and then his choice made him, says megachurch Pastor Greg Laurie, warning that the same principle applies in choices we all make in life.
In a blog post, Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, refers to an article in The New Yorker magazine titled "Betrayal," which asked the question, "Should we hate Judas Iscariot?"
"Did Judas deserve this fate?" the magazine asked. "If Jesus informs you that you will betray Him, and tells you to hurry up and do it, are you really responsible for your act? Furthermore, if your act sets in motion the process — Christ's Passion — whereby humankind is saved, shouldn't somebody thank you? No, the Church says. If you betray your friend, you are a sinner, no matter how foreordained or collaterally beneficial your sin. And, if the friend should happen to be the Son of God, so much the worse for you!" more >>
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mavis Chionh has said in her closing oral submissions in the long-running trial of City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee that the senior leader is a "well-practiced liar" who misused millions in church funds for his wife's popstar career.
"Far from being a mere figurehead ... [Kong] was a meticulous and details-oriented leader whose express approval was needed before the bonds could go ahead," Chionh added, according to The Straits Times.
Kong and five other CHC leaders are being accused of funneling money into singer Sun Ho's career through sham bond investing in the management company Xtron, allegedly operated by the church's leadership. The accused are facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted of having misused the $19.2 million in question. more >>
Televangelist Benny Hinn revealed in a statement over the weekend that his Facebook page had been hacked on Friday with "filthy material," but has since been restored and measures have been taken to prevent something like that from happening again.
"Thank you for your amazing support and prayers during the past 48 hours. As you know, our Facebook page was hacked, and filthy material was placed on it," Hinn wrote.
"We have been working very hard to restore it back into our hands. We now have control of it! We are taking extra measures to never allow it to happen again, but I want to say thank you, from my heart, for your love and support." he added. more >>
As the Mainline denomination Evangelical Lutheran Church in America continues to wrestle with declining membership, one of its congregations is experiencing rapid growth.
Lutheran Church of Hope, an Iowa-based multi-site Lutheran megachurch boasting tens of thousands of members, continues to increase its size and scope.
Less than a year after being founded, the Waukee satellite congregation of Lutheran Church of Hope, the newest of five sites for the megachurch, will be moving into the building currently owned by a church called Point of Grace in early October. more >>