Christians around the world gathered Sunday, Nov. 25 to honor the Feast of Christ the King, a Christian tradition celebrated on the last Sunday of the liturgical calendar to commemorate Jesus as the ruler of the universe.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the Feast of Christ the King at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy on Sunday, centering his homily on the origin of God's infinite power: love and truth.
"Jesus came to reveal and bring a new kingship, that of God; he came to bear witness to the truth of a God who is love, who wants to establish a kingdom of justice, love and peace," Benedict told those in attendance at Sunday's mass. more >>
Seattle-based Mars Hill Church, through its music recording label, will be releasing its first Christmas project next week by the eclectic worship band Kings Kaleidoscope.
Mars Hill Music announced that the EP, titled Joy Has Dawned, "tells the epic story of Christ's birth; the glorious, mind-blowing mystery of God becoming man to save the world." The album will be available for sale on iTunes and at marshill.com/music on Nov. 27.
Kings Kaleidoscope is based at Mars Hill Church Ballard, just north of Seattle. Made up of over a dozen musicians of varied backgrounds and musical styles, Kings Kaleidoscope has created a sound that is achieving a following of their own. more >>
A growing evangelical church in Arizona has purchased its third campus, a sanctuary constructed in 1927 and formerly owned by a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
City of Grace, which already has campuses in Mesa and Scottsdale, bought the Historic First Presbyterian Church of Phoenix property earlier this year and is presently renovating the facility.
Terry Crist, senior pastor at City of Grace, told The Christian Post that the purchase of the Phoenix-based property was years in the making. more >>
A Unitarian Universalist minister who this fall started a church service program for atheists and non-believers has said the services meant to attract America's growing "nones" population have been successful.
"These are people who are not inspired to live their lives a certain way by ideas of God or by Scripture but who have the same human needs for community, compassion, meaning and marking the significant passages of birth, coming of age, marriage and death," the Rev. Marlin Lavanhar of All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Okla., told the Tulsa World.
The weekly non-theist Humanist gathering, called "The Point," was launched back in September, and in some ways follows the proceedings of regular church meetings – the congregation gathers on Sunday mornings, listens to sermons from the pastor, and addresses the needs of the community. But there are no invocations to God, no prayers or hymns, and the Bible is not referenced. more >>
Greg Laurie, pastor at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., interviewed Captain Scotty Smiley as part of worship on Sunday.
Smiley, an army ranger and the Army's first active-duty blind officer, lost his sight due to a suicide bomber attack in Iraq in April of 2005. "Scotty has an amazing story of courage and faith," said Laurie on a blog post Sunday. Laurie also noted the significance of Veterans' Day Sunday.
"It's important that we take the time to remember and honor our more [than] 22 million military veterans. It's because of their selfless service and sacrifice that we live in a free country today," wrote Laurie. more >>
Third Day, the highly acclaimed rock band successful in both the Christian and secular musical genres, is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Friday evening. They will be performing the song "Hit Me Like A Bomb" from their new album, "Miracle." The album will be available in stores on Nov. 6.
The multi-platinum-selling band has played to millions of fans in sold-out arenas around the world. It's garnered 25 No. 1 singles across multiple formats, including multiple Grammy and Dove Awards.
Lead singer and founder of the group, Mac Powell, created a stir among Third Day fans recently when he temporarily broke ranks to go on tour to promote his first solo album and venture into country music. more >>