WASHINGTON — Contemporary Christian singer-songwriters Michael W. Smith and Mark Hall, of the band Casting Crowns, say Americans need to turn back to God and let Him into their hearts to help the country weather the "storm" that it's facing.
As the United States continues to struggle with racial tensions, thousands of Christians of all colors and races gathered on the National Mall for Together 2016 on Saturday to take part in fellowship, prayer and worship.
The event, which was five years in the making and organized by Pulse and its founder Nick Hall, featured messages and performances from 40 prominent Christian singers and speakers including Grammy Award-winning Smith, the Contemporary Christian Rock band Casting Crowns and hip-hop artist Lecrae. more >>
Pastor Jamal Bryant revealed earlier this week that he believes in open marriage, he just forgot to tell his ex-wife about it, he jokingly said on the daytime talk show "Preachers," speaking about the infidelities that led to his divorce from Gizelle Bryant in 2008.
Bryant, lead pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland, co-hosts the new daytime talk show "Preachers" alongside E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor of The House of Hope churches in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia; John Gray, an associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina.
During a segment on Tuesday's show, actress and comedian Mo'nique and her husband, Sidney Hicks, spoke candidly about their open marriage in which they each have sex with people outside of their union. more >>
Steven Furtick, pastor of the popular Elevation megachurch in North Carolina, has praised his friend and confidante Perry Noble whose firing by NewSpring Church was announced last weekend.
"I love @perrynoble with all my heart. When our church was nothing he and his staff made endless time to help me and our team. He has believed in me, invested in me and been there for me in every season of my pastoral life. He has been, to me, a living example of bold leadership and a singular vision to reach people with the Gospel," said Furtick in a message posted on Instagram Monday.
"God has used his preaching to change the lives of thousands in my home state of South Carolina. His candor and passion have given many pastors around the world permission to dream big and believe God for the impossible. I am one of the multitude who would not be where I am today without his obedience to Christ and love for people. And his stories about biscuits from the pulpit are as legendary as he is. On behalf of the people of@ElevationChurch — I just want to say — we love you P! There's gonna be a traffic jam in Heaven because of you, and your best is yet to come!" Furtick added. more >>
WASHINGTON – Christians must remain vigilant in light of increased assaults on religious liberty in the military, Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty Director Ron Crews argued Tuesday.
"We have had a chaplain court-marshaled because of counsel he gave concerning what the Bible says about homosexuality. Through the help of several members of Congress and attorneys those charges were eventually dropped," Crews told The Christian Post.
Another chaplain "was reprimanded by his commander because he used the Psalms as a resource to fight depression," he continued, adding that the reprimand was ultimately removed from his record, thanks again to those congressmen. more >>
Gospel singer and Bishop Marvin Sapp is speaking out against a woman who is claiming to be his wife and trying to book shows using his name.
"This young woman has posted and has been posing as my new wife. SHE IS NOT MY WIFE," Sapp exclaimed in a Facebook message. "The only reason why I'm posting this is not to put her on blast, however it is because she has placed a link onto her page as it pertains to my booking."
The woman, who goes by the name First Lady Annisha Sapp, took to Facebook where she posted the message: "Hello Everyone! Here's our new Facebook business page for Bishop Marvin Sapp and first lady Annisha Sapp. If you would like to book Bishop Sapp for preaching/singing at your church click the link." more >>
Pastor Miles McPherson of San Diego's The Rock Church believes the best way to battle racism is to do so on "a spiritual level."
During a sermon he preached on Sunday, McPherson centered his message on racial tensions in the United States following the shooting deaths of black men Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile Minnesota, at the hands of police officers last week.
This was followed by racially-motivated shootings in Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri in which civilians and police officers were shot at, leaving one woman dead after being killed by Lakeem Keon Scott in Bristol, Tennessee, while she was driving her car on a highway last Thursday. Later that same day, 12 people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. Eleven of the injured were police officers, five later died from their wounds. The man who shot them, Micah Johnson, said he "wanted to kill while people," specifically white police officers. more >>