The Chinese government has reportedly released from prison the Rev. Gu Yuese, the former leader of Hangzhou's Chongyi Church, the largest government sanctioned church in the country, ahead of President Xi Jinping's scheduled meeting with President Barack Obama.
Herald Malaysia Online reported that Gu, who was formally arrested on embezzlement charges, was held in detention for close to three months for speaking out against the government's church crosses demolition campaign, which has been going on for almost two years now.
The megachurch leader has been placed under "residential surveillance" following his release, which persecution watchdog group International Christian Concern warned means he is not entirely safe yet. more >>
One of gospel music's leading performers, Earnest Pugh, stepped down from his megachurch position to pursue a new philanthropic initiative.
Pugh recently announced that he was leaving his position as worship pastor at Houston's Lighthouse Church.
With his latest hit, "Trade It All," continuing to climb the Nielsen BDS Gospel Recurrent chart and currently ranked at No. 5, the singer said he and his pastor of many years agree that his season of serving in the church is over. more >>
Psychologist and family expert Dr. Kevin Leman spoke at Christ's Church of the Valley, a non-denominational megachurch in Peoria, Arizona, on sex in marriage, as part of a series that digs into what scripture has to say about "Sex, Love & Dating."
"Sex is about the quality of your entire love life, not just the alignment of your bodies," reads the book description. "So if you're willing to forge ahead for the sake of the best marriage you can imagine, this book is for you. It will expand and challenge your thinking, help you start your marriage off right, or go from humdrum to exciting if you're already married." more >>
Craig Groeschel, senior pastor of Oklahoma megachurch Life.Church, warned listeners about misusing a popular verse from the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 29:11 reads "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
Groeschel recently told those listening in person and watching online that the often quoted Jeremiah verse needs to be put into context. more >>
Dolores "Dodie" Osteen, widow of Lakewood church founder John Osteen, and mother of famous megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen, said during an interview that healing miracles are real, pointing to her own miraculous recovery from cancer.
"I could have died when I was 48," Osteen said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, referring to her metastatic liver cancer.
"Now I'm 82, and I'm working for Him. I want people to know that God is a good god. He does want to answer prayers. All we have to do is have faith and hope. Sometimes life is hard, but God helps us get through," she added. more >>
In his message, Pastor Robert Morris, senior pastor at Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas, told his congregation that God has asked us to give our tithes and offerings not because He needs money to support His work, but because it gives Him an opportunity to bless us.
Malachi 3 has been misunderstood for years, "even by me," Morris said in a recent message, titled "Don't Rob God."
We don't need to read it in the "old, legalistic way," he told the congregation, clarifying that he is not saying we rob God of money when we don't give the tithe to God, to whom it belongs. more >>