Evangelist Greg Laurie marks his 24th year of bringing his large-scale Harvest Crusade events to Orange County on Friday, and the Southern California pastor said he is as excited as he's ever been about bringing the gospel to thousands in attendance and online.
"You might be surprised to know that speaking at these Crusades year after year never gets old to me," Laurie told The Christian Post via email Thursday. "I love to preach the gospel and I love to see how it impacts the lives of people, for time and eternity."
Laurie, who will be the featured speaker for three consecutive nights at Angel Stadium of Anaheim ending on Sunday, said that he knows very well that because of the large number of people attending, chances are high that some people will be facing their eternal destiny before the end of the year. more >>
Ephren Taylor, the self-proclaimed "social capitalist" and self-made millionaire accused of conning hundreds of Christians across the country out of millions of dollars, was recently spotted in Lenexa, Kan., outside a trendy massage parlor and apartment complex dodging news cameras along with his model wife.
After a tip-off from owners of Panacea Massage in Lenexa, an ABC News crew headed to Kansas to verify their suspicions that a masseuse named "Liz Taylor" and her shady husband might actually be alleged conman Ephren Taylor and his wife, Meshelle Taylor.
Taylor was charged in 2012 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with running a Ponzi scheme that targeted socially conservative investors in church congregations. Two megachurches targeted by Taylor were Bishop Eddie Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., and Joel and Victoria Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. more >>
The cast of the new and controversial docu-series, "Preachers of L.A.," will be bringing church to social media by delivering Twitter sermons in a new promo campaign unfolding a month before the Oct. 9 premiere of the program on the Oxygen network.
According to a press release from the network, the Twitter "church service" takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
"The preachers will deliver a digital sermon, sharing anecdotes, quotables, advice, and scripture with fans of the show," the announcement reads. "The Twitter Sermon will focus on the preachers' religious and personal lives." more >>
The Faith Community Baptist Church in Singapore has been ordered to pay $5,500 in salary to a woman who was fired allegedly for committing adultery.
The megachurch, which is home to over 10,000 members and is one of the largest in Singapore, has said that it will abide by the court order, the Associated Press reported, though it insisted that it was right to fire the woman last September.
"If we concede that the dismissal was unjust, it means we are condoning adultery and it will weaken our moral and spiritual authority in the organization," said the church's senior pastor, Lawrence Khong, who founded the church in 1986. more >>
New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, led by Bishop Eddie Long, shared that a high school football team made the decision to receive Christ during an altar call on Sunday, just two days after 16-year-old high school football player De'Antre Turman died after breaking his neck during a scrimmage on the field.
"The greatest miracle of all is #salvation. Do you believe God can save a football team? Welcome to the Kingdom Towers High School Titans!" New Birth Missionary Baptist Church shared Monday on its Facebook page.
According to the Georgia megachurch, members of the Towers High School football team, all wearing their uniform, lined up at the altar before moving to the stage during the Aug. 18 service. more >>
An Oklahoma-based construction company known for building sanctuaries for several large megachurches in the United States, including one with nearly 10,000 weekend attendees, is in talks for securing a major project in Brazil.
Churches by Daniels Construction of Tulsa, which has the same owner as Daniels & Daniels Construction, has been in talks with people from Brazil over a project for several months. Rachael D. Rowland, marketing director with Churches by Daniels and daughter of the owner, told The Christian Post that if approved the project would be on a grand scale. Churches by Daniels have built facilities for congregations like Victory Christian Center of Tulsa, Okla., which has a regular attendance of over 9,000; Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., with an attendance of 5,500; and Living Word Family Church of Naples, Fla., with a 2,000+ regular attendance.
"We are talking with a group from Brazil about a possible project down there, which will be probably the largest project we have ever done," said Rowland. "We've just been talking and talking about terms and that kind of stuff. So it's not solidified, but it's a good possibility." more >>