Glenn Beck, conservative radio host and television personality, is the featured guest at pastor Ed Young Jr.'s Texas megachurch over the July 4th weekend because Beck, long affiliated with the Mormon Church, "is a man who is undoubtedly an American patriot, loves this country, and has shown his love for God in many ways," according to a spokesman.
Beck, 51, will be in attendance at Fellowship Church's Freedom Experience on July 4-5 for "a special interview" with Young, who heads up the multi-campus church that also has a congregation in London.
Fellowship Church hosted an America's Mighty Warriors retreat in May for Gold Star and Purple Heart families — surviving kin of military members who died or were wounded in war — at its sprawling Allaso Ranch in Hawkins, Texas. Beck spoke at the event "for about an hour on heroes and how Americans always rise to the occasion," according to his reflection about the retreat on Facebook. more >>
Outspoken San Antonio, Texas pastor John Hagee joked Tuesday that "God will have to judge America" or "apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah" after last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
"This Supreme Court has made American the new Sodom and Gomorrah," said Hagee during his "Hagee Hotline" broadcast. "God will have to judge America or He's going to have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah."
During the program, Hagee called the ruling a "naked judicial power grab" and a "direct attack on states' rights." more >>
Justin Bieber, 21-year-old recording artist and model, was attending the Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia, this week and recently shared that the Pentecostal church's New York City pastor Carl Lentz has made a tremendous impact on his life.
Bieber, who has been known to spend time with Lentz, Hillsong NYC co-pastor and worship leader Joel Houston, City Church Pastor Judah Smith, and other influential young Christian leaders, reportedly interrupted a television network's interview with Lentz on Tuesday to state: "I'm glad to know him. He's changed my life."
The wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini sent a letter to her husband on the day of their 11th wedding anniversary, describing the "excruciating pain" she's in without him while he's being held inside an Iranian prison because of his Christian faith.
"For 1,007 days I have remembered you in prayer and felt your pain. For 1,007 days I have been in prison with you as your wife and soul mate. Each night I have struggled with anxiety and a sense of urgency that we need to get you out," Naghmeh's letter reads.
"Each night that I have laid my head on our bed, I have hugged your empty spot and have wept myself to sleep. Each morning I have woken up with an excruciating pain to my new reality without you. I have prayed. Oh how I have prayed." more >>
A young Nigerian businessman who reportedly got possessed by a "homosexual demon" after going swimming with a group of men in Nairobi, Kenya, is seen on video being delivered from the "evil spirit" in a powerful swoop at The Synagogue Church of All Nations led by popular African preacher, T.B. Joshua.
The video, which was posted to YouTube in May, shows the young man, identified as Tedus, being confronted by a preacher called Wise Man Christopher who apparently forced the demon to manifest itself.
"You cannot hide," Christopher said in what was understood to be a conversation with the demon living inside the man. more >>
Tennessee lawmakers are drafting a new bill expected to protect pastors who refuse to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies for religious reasons.
The bill, named the "Tennessee Pastor Protection Act" by its creators Republican Reps. Bryan Terry of Murfreesboro and Andy Holt of Dresden, say their goal is to provide legal protection for clergy who might be forced to perform same-sex marriages on church property after Friday's Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal across the U.S.
"It comes as no surprise that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. I have had multiple constituents concerned with how the ruling may impact their church and their religious beliefs. If the issue is truly about equality of civil liberties and benefits, then this ruling should have minimal legal impact on churches," said Terry in a press release. "However, if the issue and the cause is about redefining marriage to require others to change their deeply held religious beliefs, then the concerns of many will be valid." more >>