Oprah Winfrey's first scripted dramatic series "Greenleaf" attempts to pull back the veil on the black megachurch, giving viewers a look at the messy mechanics that sometimes turn the wheels of these behemoths.
While the purpose of church should be to focus on Jesus, "Greenleaf" comes with no shortage of family and church drama — from jealousy to infidelity — which begs the question: Is the show simply another drama backdropped by a church setting? Does it edify the body of Christ? Is it secretly copying one megachurch in particular?
As The Christian Post reported earlier this month, Winfrey called Biship T.D.Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, to assure him that the "Greenleaf" series is not based on him, his church or any other megachurch in America. more >>
The PC(USA) Presbytery of Lehigh filed a lawsuit earlier this week asking a judge to prohibit the 2,600-member First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from leaving the denomination.
"The countersuits by the Lehigh Presbytery were joined by 22 members of the 140-year-old Center Street Church, the largest Presbyterian congregation in the Lehigh Valley," reported The Morning Call.
"It came as church leaders have scheduled a congregational meeting Sunday to vote on whether to immediately separate from the denomination, according to the filings." more >>
Arizona-based Trinity Church Pastor Mark Driscoll says there are four signs Christians can look at to determine if they are in danger of being "spiritually dead," pointing to Jesus Christ's warnings in the book of Revelation.
Driscoll wrote in a blog post on his website Wednesday that Jesus spoke out against the church in Sardis in the book of Revelation for its lack of genuine faith, and warned that Christians today are "just as susceptible to decay and death."
The pastor said the first warning sign is when people treat their faith as a routine. more >>
Megachurch pastor Kong Hee of City Harvest Church in Singapore revealed that he recently held a mass revival event for over 1,100 pastors from Southeast Asia, including China, where Christians face heavy government persecution.
Kong noted that Chinese Christians continue to grow in strong numbers despite all difficulties, and are set to outnumber American Christians within the next two decades.
"From 10-11 June, 2016, CHC held its second-ever Global Chinese Leadership Seminar, and this time, over a 24-hour period. More than 1,100 pastors, church workers and leaders from China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore joined us for this very special event," Kong wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday. more >>
In a candid media interview, Kay Warren, the wife of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, discusses the legacy she and her husband would like to leave behind and the challenges they have faced after the death of their youngest son, Matthew.
In a series of interviews conducted over the past two years by TheBlaze, Warren, co-founder of the Southern California megachurch, said her and her husband's priority is to "serve God's purposes" in their generation. "The focus of my life will be to testify to His goodness and the gospel of His grace," she said.
"I would like our legacy to be that because of us the faith community, the church of Jesus Christ recognized the worth and the value of people living with mental illness and became willing to incorporate them fully into the body of Christ," she continued. "Not as people in the margins, not people who were projects, [but] recognized the humanity and the beauty of each person's life to extend the radical friendship of God to those living with mental illness." more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Church pastor Mark Driscoll appears to be on track for a fresh start with his new Arizona-based Trinity Church. Recent updates on the church's website indicate the congregation is beginning to mesh at its new Scottsdale digs.
The church recently held the equivalent of a field day for the congregation, which included a "huge family-style BBQ," and bounce houses for the children. The church is set for a public launch in early August.
"Our plan is to publicly launch our new church Sunday, August 7 at two services, 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m," read a message on the church's site. Until then, it will meet once a week for Bible study at its home, the Glass and Garden Drive-In Church. more >>