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 >>
IRVINE, Calif. – Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship church took a break from his recent sermon series on the book of Revelation to talk about political hot button issues that have especially come into focus during the election season.
"We're living in a time where it's politically incorrect to have certain views. If you stand up for a certain issue you will be labeled in a certain way," said Laurie, who in addition to pastoring his Southern California church is well known for his large evangelistic events throughout the nation and other countries, which have been held for more than three decades.
"Some would go, oh no, don't talk about those things, you are getting political now. It is not my intention to get political for the sake of being political," he said. "It is my intention to address an issue from a biblical worldview if it has political ramifications or even if it doesn't. It doesn't matter to me." more >>
In the final part of The Christian Post's two-part interview with author S.A. (Seleah Ally) Tower, a former witch who became a Christian, she shares that it was her realization of how intensely God loves her that saved her from the life of a Wiccan practitioner.
Despite a Wiccan society that is mainly apart from mainstream America, Tower became a member of a coven (community of witches) 23 years ago. This coming Halloween she will be co-hosting a "Hallelujah Night" webcast to commemorate the day 13 years ago when she "walked into church a practicing witch and left rejoicing as a believer in Jesus."
Tower grew up in a traditional Christian household and wants to continue sharing her life story so that others who are experiencing the same struggles in the spiritual realm can have hope. more >>
Author S.A. (Seleah Ally) Tower shares her story of life as a former witch who became a Christian in her book Taken from the Night – A Witches Encounter With God.
The Christian Post interviewed her for an article shortly after her book was released earlier this year. As Halloween approaches, and as the darker side of the holiday's history resurfaces every year, CP decided to take a closer look at the tradition from the perspective of someone who was once immersed for 10 years in witchcraft and the occult before fully accepting Jesus Christ into her life.
Tower, who grew up in a traditional Christian household, said she wants the book and her testimony to help others who have experienced the same struggles in the spiritual realm. more >>