The Texas chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and other liberal groups have expressed concern over Houston officials subpoenaing sermons that may have been critical of an LGBT discrimination city ordinance.
Recently the city subpoenaed various pastors' sermons due to their objection to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, a recently passed law that has strong conservative opposition.
Hillsong Senior Pastor Brian Houston recently spoke about the importance of local churches and his plans to help build them.
The Australian megachurch pastor kicked off night one of the three-day Hillsong Conference in New York City on Thursday which he said is designed to "champion the cause of local churches everywhere."
Thousands gathered at the The Theater Madison Square Garden for a night of praise and worship and although the lineup of speakers, which includes Hillsong New York City pastor Carl Lentz and Christine Caine, are all from the Hillsong family, Houston said the event is more about local churches. more >>
When The Episcopal Church recently released its statistics on membership among its dioceses for 2013, the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina was listed along with the others.
There is one problem, however: the South Carolina Diocese's leadership voted to leave the denomination back in 2012, taking most of the members and congregations with them.
Since 2012, the diocese and the denomination have been fighting a legal battle for ownership of the numerous properties presently held by the breakaway leadership. more >>
Hillsong United received a nomination for an American Music Award in the Contemporary Inspirational Artist category this week, marking the band's first-ever AMA recognition.
The 2014 AMA's will be broadcast from Los Angeles' Nokia Theater on Nov. 23. Since it is a fan-voted award show, with winners determined by votes cast online as well as via Twitter, it comes as no surprise that Hillsong United scored a nomination. The worship band has garnered an international following since the release of 2013's album "ZION," which is their most successful and fastest selling album to date.
Moreover, "ZION" produced United's number-one single "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," which remains at the top of the Hot Christian Songs chart. The track also recently earned United five GMA Dove Awards, including the coveted Artist of the Year and Song of the Year. Listen to the song here. more >>
The video premiere of Crowder's new song "Come As You Are" is sweeping the internet on Tuesday.
Crowder, formerly of The David Crowder*Band, is featured in the new video with just his guitar and backup musicians on the acoustic worship song. Explaining the significance of "Come As You Are," Crowder told The Christian Post that the track brings listeners closer to God.
"What I love about 'Come As You Are' is that it makes room for all of us," the singer revealed. "It feels like it throws the doors wide open." more >>
Inspired by the concept of "flash mobs," an organization based in Buffalo, New York, has opted to perform "Mass Mobs" wherein large numbers of people agree to meet at a given local Catholic congregation.
Whereas a "flash mob" will do various performances or things in a random public space and then disperse, this group will surprise a given church to attend mass at their facility.