Can a church service become an all-out indoor rodeo complete with dirt floors and bucking bulls? Just ask the Rev. Maury Davis of the Cornerstone Nashville megachurch who did just that this past Independence Day weekend.
"It [the rodeo] came from the idea of how do we compel people to come into the house [of God]? Jesus said, 'Compel them to come in, that my house may be full,'" Davis told The Tennessean. "We're hoping that every person that comes into this room is ready to meet the Lord."
Davis also felt that celebrating the Fourth of July with a rodeo at his church made sense since the holiday tends to focus on God and country. more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll has warned American Christians on Independence Day that although people like to believe that they are free, there are still many things that they can be enslaved to.
"There are still many of us who are not free, to use the language of the Bible, we are slaves. Slaves to sin, slaves to self, slaves to the flesh. Slaves to lies, slaves to temptation," Driscoll said in a video message on Tuesday, reflecting on numerous passages in the Bible that use the language of slavery and freedom.
He focused especially on the story of God's people in Exodus, who were slaves under Pharaoh and were ruled over cruelly and mercilessly. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's new church, The Trinity Church, has purchased a permanent home just weeks before its public launch, acquiring a historic church building in the Phoenix suburbs.
Driscoll, who left the Seattle megachurch Mars Hill in October 2014 and is in the midst of a racketeering lawsuit, announced in February that he would be leading The New Trinity Church in Arizona.
As the church plans to launch on Aug. 7, it recently secured a permanent home in Scottsdale by purchasing the historic 1,400-seat Glass and Garden Church located at 8620 McDonald Drive, the same building that the church rented when it held its Easter gathering earlier this year. more >>
Thousands of people came together this weekend to celebrate the 240th year of America's Independence at Fellowship Church's "Freedom Experience" in Grapevine, Texas.
Every year Pastor Ed Young Jr.'s Fellowship Church hosts a series of events to celebrate the July 4th holiday and to honor fallen soldiers and their families' sacrifice.
"Our church has a deep appreciation for our nation, the freedom we have, and all those who fight to provide it," church spokesman Andy Boyd told The Christian Post on Tuesday. more >>
The influential megachurch Life.Church will start a new sermon series this weekend that focuses on the messages behind Americans' favorite blockbuster movies.
"Average movies entertain us. The best ones inspire us. So what can movies tell us about our own lives? Plenty! Grab some popcorn and find a seat — At the Movies premieres July 9-10, only at Life.Church and Church Online," reads the announcement on the church's website.
Founded and led by Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel, Life.Church is a multisite worship community based in Oklahoma with locations in seven states. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee and his family have continued their recent global ministry tour by visiting for the first time Johannesburg in South Africa, with Kong stating the impressive revival in the country has "exploded" something inside them.
"Sun Ho (Official), Dayan and I have been so blown away during this first-ever ministry trip of ours to Soweto, a township of the city of Johannesburg in South Africa, which borders the city's mining belt in the south. We have spent the past days with Bishop Mosa Sono and his really amazing congregation at Grace Bible Church Soweto," Kong wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday.
"What Sun has said in this video perfectly describes all we have felt so far --- we have EXPLODED inside us ... the revival that is happening here in South Africa is real and they are truly winning the lost," he added, noting that he sees a "openness and spiritual hunger for Jesus and His Word" in the country. more >>