After a Valentine's date night dinner for 30 couples hosted at their church in the Chicago area, Pastor James McDonald and his wife, Kathy, plan to share how they have been able to have a fulfilling and lasting marriage during an online streamed conversation Friday evening.
"They'll be sharing about how they've kept their marriage strong, their love fervent, and their hearts knit closely to each other and to Christ," Harvest Bible Chapel states on its website. "So, this Friday night finish your Valentine's Day dinner plans, then cozy up and tune into the broadcast."
The announcement made it clear that it's not essential that viewers have a special Valentine to watch the livestream. more >>
A Texas congregation that was once the largest Presbyterian Church (USA) member church in the Lone Star State may be one step closer to securing its property.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, a congregation with approximately 4,000 members, will hold a meeting with the PC (USA) regional body it was formerly under. Representatives from Highland Park Presbyterian and Grace Presbytery plan to meet on Feb. 21.
"Out of respect for the confidentiality that is crucial for a successful mediation process, there are not many details that we can comment on at this time," Zack House, communications director for Highland Park Presbyterian, told The Christian Post. more >>
Singapore-based, megachurch pastor Joseph Prince shared part of his testimony recently about how he found God during his teenage years and the transformation he made that led him to discover God's grace.
Prince, who pastors New Creation Church, appeared on the Life Today Show where he said that at 17 he began to lose control over his thought life, leading him to have recurring blasphemous thoughts about God which triggered a year-long state of depression.
"It got to a point where I really thought I had committed the unpardonable sin. I was confessing every sin I knew how to confess…My friends would look at me like I was messed up then people began to say, 'I think it's his religion,'" said Prince. more >>
The finances of Elevation Church and its lead pastor, Steven Furtick, have been under scrutiny in recent months, and last week, the church's chief financial officer answered some questions about the sale of Furtick's new book.
Crash the Chatterbox: Hearing God's Voice Above All Others was released Tuesday by WaterBrook Multnomah, a division of Random House Inc. Furtick was promoting the book to his congregation from the pulpit before the book's release, reported ABC affiliate WCNC-TV.
Elevation Church CFO Chunks Corbett said in a statement emailed to WCNC-TV that the church, which is based in North Carolina, began selling Furtick's book to attendees at a discounted rate this past weekend. more >>
Belief operates at three levels: essentials, convictions and preferences. And to keep a church united and strong, its members should come together around the essentials while bearing with one another on differences in convictions and preferences, said a pastor at Willow Creek Community Church on Sunday.
Our convictions and preferences are not as important as the essentials, which are that Jesus died, He was buried, He raised from the dead and He appeared, said Teaching Pastor Steve Carter of the megachurch in South Barrington, Ill.
Essentials refer to matters of first importance, the pastor explained. Convictions are the strong beliefs that we hold, and preferences mean giving advantage to one thing over the others. more >>
More than a dozen members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church have managed to recoup some of their losses, originally totaling nearly $1 million, in a civil suit involving Bishop Eddie Long and alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind Ephren Taylor.
Thirteen former members of Long's Lithonia, Ga., megachurch recently reached a confidential financial settlement with the Christian minister, although neither he nor Taylor have admitted to any wrongdoing.
"I somewhat blame New Birth, because when this happened, instead of really showing us love, we were kind of looked at as outcasts," J.B. Bailey, one of the 13 victims who has recouped his money, told MyFoxAtlanta.com. more >>