LOS ANGELES – Author and pastor Erwin McManus ushered in a new chapter in his ministry, that includes encouraging and nurturing creativity within the Christian community, when he introduced his daughter and core members of Mosaic L.A. church's worship team to record their first album in front of 1,400 people at the historic Wiltern theater Saturday evening.
"This is not simply a concert, it's an act of worship to the creator of the universe," McManus, who is the lead pastor of the church that includes locations in Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, told the enthusiastic crowd.
McManus explained during a recent sermon on the importance of worship, that when the church launched more than 20 years ago, he was also the worship leader and was admittedly "not very good." However, during his first experiences with listening to old hymnal music, although sometimes difficult to comprehend, he realized that music was a powerful method that God used to move people, he said. The event on Saturday was the culmination of a dream he's had for more than two decades, McManus explained. more >>
A growing number of Christians, especially among the younger generations, are in jeopardy of being swallowed up by today's cultural norms and secular thinking, only to become unaffiliated to any church or denomination, says the author of The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated.
"We are living in a decisively post-Christian culture and I think it's taking its toll on existing evangelicals and the church in a way that is creating more and more nominal Christians on the way to 'nones' who self-described themselves as evangelicals earlier," author and pastor James Emery White, of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, said in a recent interview with Ed Stetzer, host of The Exchange.
The "nones" are described as the fastest-growing "religious group" of our day – one in five Americans identify themselves as having no religious affiliation. During the interview, Stetzer quoted one survey that showed 3 in 10 college age students are "nones." more >>
A church in Iowa that lost its century-old building to flooding broke ground recently on a new $2 million facility.
Salem United Methodist Church of Cedar Rapids, which lost the building in 2008, held a groundbreaking for its new building Sunday between worship services.
The $2 million project will include space for a sanctuary, classrooms, nursery, offices, and library, church officials said. From June 2008, to November 2010, Salem members worshiped at three sites before landing at the 33rd Avenue location. more >>
A Tennessee church that recently installed a 'prayer box' for written prayer requests in their parking lot since many commuters use its property to cut through traffic at an intersection may inspire similar boxes nationwide, say church leaders.
Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Jackson erected the prayer box three months ago wherein individuals could slip in a 3x5 note card with information about their prayer request.
Barry Matthews, lay leader at Aldersgate, told The Christian Post that since the box received much media attention, other churches have expressed an interest in undertaking similar efforts. more >>
Mercy Me, Phil Wickham and For King and Country will headline the Harvest America crusade at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Oct. 5, Pastor Greg Laurie and Harvest Ministries announced Thursday.
"All three of these groups have been a part of Harvest events in the past, and understand the importance of their role to be used by God to prepare the hearts of those in attendance to hear the message of the Gospel," said pastor John Collins, executive director of Harvest America.
Harvest America in Dallas is planned as a national and even international outreach, utilizing satellite and live-streaming technology to simulcast the event to thousands of remote venues. more >>
The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club cancelled its sponsorship of a controversial reenactment of a satanic "black mass" by New York's Satanic Temple Monday after strong condemnation from Catholic groups, university officials and students.
Early Monday evening Lucien Greaves, spokesman for the Satanic Temple, told The Boston Globe that the event had to be cancelled because they no longer had a venue.
"Everyone involved, outside of the Satanic Temple, got really scared," said Greaves. "And I don't necessarily blame them, because I understand that they were getting a lot of vitriolic hate mail, and I don't think they expected it." more >>