World-renowned worship band Hillsong UNITED was on set of the Today show Wednesday morning to promote their highly-anticipated feature film, "Hillsong-Let Hope Rise." The film will chronicle the spectacular rise of the prominent Australia-based band.
In the 5 minute segment, leader of the band Joel Houston talked about their upcoming album, Of Dirt and Grace, their recent trip to Israel and Lebanon and their first-ever feature film, "Let Hope Rise."
Watch the full Hillsong interview clip with Kathie Lee and Hoda as well as a performance of the band's hit single "Oceans" below: more >>
More than 130 congregations located in and around the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia will be taking part in a sermon series titled "Explore God."
Beginning this coming Sunday, the sermon series will be tackled by congregations across denominational lines, with the series being part of an ecumenical effort to reach out to the Richmond metropolitan area's approximately 1.2 million inhabitants.
"We all have questions about God, faith, and purpose. Maybe you've seen Explore God billboards around town, or you heard an ad on the radio, and you wondered what it's all about," noted a website dedicated to the sermon series outreach. more >>
Newly released research into the growth of megachurches has suggested that Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, remains the largest church in America, with a weekend attendance totaling 52,000 people.
Church Growth Today, a research center led by John N. Vaughan since 1980, said in a statement that Osteen's congregation remains the largest in America when it comes to weekend attendance, noting that the church has seen a growth of 7,200 people since 2010.
What is more, the church has five times as many followers as it did when it was led by founding Pastor John Osteen, who died in 1999. more >>
Pastor Mark Driscoll of Trinity Church in Arizona has released a video advising Christians on whether non-virgins should marry virgins, and admitted that he was sexually active before his was married and became a Christian.
Sharing his own experience in a video posted on his website Tuesday in response to a question about marrying non-virgins, Driscoll admitted, "I was sexually active before I met Grace, she was a Christian, and I was not." Thus, the couple "had to talk and walk through some things" before they decided to get married.
This week's question came from a Christian man who said his fiance is finding it difficult to cope with his sexually active past. In response, Driscoll said the issue is a serious one that needs to be properly addressed. He warned that if the woman is unable to see past the man's past, then the two might not have a future together. more >>
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Ministries says the Bible warns believers not to become people who stir conflict or spread lies, because God doesn't approve of gossip and slander.
"I have never seen a culture and a society so obsessed with gossip, innuendo and rumor. People are looking for the next juicy piece of gossip," Laurie wrote in a Facebook message on Saturday.
"This thinking has even slipped into the news media. The tragic thing today is that if someone is charged with a crime, he or she is tried and convicted in the media before even having had the opportunity to go into a court of law, have evidence presented and face the people doing the accusing." more >>
In a sermon re-posted online, New York Times best-selling author Pastor Francis Chan answered critics who called the Cornerstone Community Church, which he and his wife founded, a cult.
We all would like to be part of the early church, as described in the book of Acts, Chan, the founder of Radius International and then teaching pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Simi Valley, California, said in the message, posted last week by SermonAudio.com but originally from April 2009.
Chan read out Acts 4:29-35: "Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your Word with great boldness. 'Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.' After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly. more >>