"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert praised Pastor Joel Osteen as a "Texan Pope Francis" for his message of inclusion during a recent appearance, though Osteen said he has no desire to become a denomination or have people follow him.
"I like your open message, it is very accepting, non-denominational, you seem like a Texan Pope Francis," Colbert, a Roman Catholic, told Osteen, who is the pastor of Lakewood Church, one of the largest megachurches in America.
Thousands of churches and mission agencies on every continent (except Antarctica) will unite in song later this month to sing the powerful hymn, "Facing a Task Unfinished."
The nearly 100-year-old song, recently remixed by world-renowned contemporary hymn writers The Gettys, will act as an anthem to raise awareness about Christian persecution worldwide.
"Facing a Task Unfinished" was written by China Inland Mission worker Frank Houghton as he reflected on the the Great Commission and the scripture Matthew 24:14 as dedicated his life to sharing the Gospel with people in China. more >>
For many people, maintaining a proper weight and a healthy relationship with food is a constant struggle. In an audio message shared Tuesday on his website, DesiringGod.org, Pastor John Piper, chancellor of the Minnesota-based Bethlehem College & Seminary, talks with pastor and author Paul David Tripp about food and weight loss. The pastors say the battle to lose weight isn't just physical, it's spiritual.
"The physical side of weight loss will happen in a lot of different ways for various people," says Piper. "But there's a spiritual dimension to weight loss that we all need to be aware of."
Tripp, who has lost 40 pounds, says fad diets don't work because they don't address the spiritual root cause. "You can't starve yourself forever. It is not healthy to eat packaged frankenfood forever. It is only when your heart is properly satisfied with God that you now have the power to say no to other things that would tempt you to go there for satisfaction." more >>
Megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes has partnered with Inspired Properties to create an interactive Bible app that allows users to explore Scripture while also engaging with Christian music, prominent speakers, Bible studies, and more.
The T.D. Jakes Ministries Bible App, available through iTunes for $19.99, includes access to live-streamed services from The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, keynote speakers from Christian conferences like ManPower and Woman Thou Are Loosed, and Christian music.
Users of the new product will not only be able to read the Scripture but also hear a dramatic narration of various biblical stories. more >>
Pastor Creflo Dollar may have a portion of an Atlanta highway named after him, but some south Fulton County, Georgia, residents and business owners believe that neither the megachurch pastor nor the highway in question deserve the honor. They want lawmakers to take their proposal and hit the road.
"Oh Lord have mercy, good God almighty, Lord no," said one area resident to Atlanta's WSB-TV 2. "He's [Dollar] not meeting the whole community's needs in order for this right here to be named after him."
State Sen. Donzella James, D-Atlanta, is the lawmaker pushing for the proposal, Senate Resolution 805, which calls for a portion of Old National Highway to be named after the televangelist. James, who is a member of Dollar's megachurch World Changers Church International, feels the pastor and his ministry are worthy of the honor. more >>
Two Kansas congregations, one a recently created worship community and the other an older smaller congregation, merged into one church.
Mending Place Church and South City Southern Baptist Church, both based in Wichita, finalized their merger on Sunday and now go by the name "Mending Place at South City."