"Don't get swept away by things God never said," reads a warning tied to the promo of a new four-part sermon series by LifeChurch.tv founder and senior pastor Craig Groeschel. The megachurch pastor warns that some "words of wisdom" offered in popular culture, and sometimes co-opted by Christians, will lead to wrong ideas about God.
"We're gonna talk about four different cultural belief systems that people have for years attributed to God. But the reality is, God never said these things," explains Groeschel in a video of part one of the series.
Some of these misquotes are, according to Groeschel: "God will never give you more than you can handle; It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you don't hurt anyone; It doesn't matter what you believe, as long as you are sincere." more >>
The head of a North Carolina-based organization that aids ministries for singles has said that too many churches consider the unmarried to be "invisible."
Kris Swiatocho, director of The Singles Network Ministries, told The Christian Post that "for most churches single adults are invisible. Mainly because most pastors, secretaries, deacons/elders are married with children. When they are in the pulpit they typically preach and identify with those that are like themselves."
"I have actually spoken with churches who are not sure they have any singles there mainly because they view singleness has a particular age-range vs. someone who isn't married from 18 to the grave." more >>
Texas megachurch pastor John Hagee's best-selling book, Four Blood Moons, is getting the "big-screen, live-action" treatment. A docu-drama based on the prophecy book, which suggests that certain lunar eclipses are tied to world events, is expected to be in theaters in March.
"Something is about to change," reads the ominous subtitle of Hagee's book, released in Oct. 8, 2013, a full year before a total lunar eclipse. more >>
The "Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller" has named award-winning producer Phil Cooke as its executive producer, seeking to take the televangelism program to a "new level."
"We're thrilled that Phil will become our new executive producer," said Schuller, who leads Shepherd's Grove Church in Orange County, California.
"He is a dynamic communicator and has worked with incredible ministries and religious leaders. We're eager to take the program to new levels and produce compelling content that will entice and excite people with the message of the Gospel. Phil is the perfect partner to help us accomplish this." more >>
Matt Chandler, lead pastor of The Village Church in Texas, recently preached against abortion from the pulpit, doing what many U.S. pastors apparently avoid like the plague, according to a survey's findings and the observation of some Christian leaders.
Chandler, married father of three, president of the church-planting Acts 29 Network, and co-author of such books as The Explicit Gospel and the upcoming The Mingling of Souls, took on the subject of abortion late last month as part of an on-going sermon series.
It was just in December when Chandler shared a stage with respected theologian and former pastor John Piper, who stated his belief that "there are cowards in the pulpit who won't touch the subject of abortion with a 10-foot pole." more >>
A multisite megachurch based in North Carolina has recently closed a deal on the purchase of a shopping center for approximately $10.2 million.
The Charlotte-based Elevation Church announced last week that they were buying the Matthews Plaza Shopping Center on East Independence Boulevard, located in the town of Matthews. A spokesperson with Elevation Church provided The Christian Post with a statement from Elevation Church CFO Chunks Corbett.
"We were excited to take advantage of an opportunity to purchase the plaza and secure our long-term presence in the Matthews community," said Corbett. more >>