A new CD released this week commemorates renowned evangelist Billy Graham, a father figure to current Newsboys' lead singer Michael Tait, who contributes a song to the album.
"I remember being a kid watching TV, seeing the Grahams on ABC," Tait told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday about the new CD "My Hope: Songs Inspired by the Message and Mission of Billy Graham." As a child, he would never have imagined actually partnering with the great evangelist. "I just loved to be part of something so great in our century."
Now, the Newsboys lead singer can say "I am deep, deep in the family tree with those guys." His history with the Graham family traces back to the days when Tait formed the award-winning band DC Talk, along with Toby McKeehan and Kevin Max. more >>
1) Keith Green
Keith Green led worship in the 70s until his tragic death in a plane crash in 1982. Many still sing and know his worship songs today. His legacy and willingness to worship set the stage for worship music of the future.
2) Darlene Zschech more >>
Pastor John MacArthur continued to lay out his case against the Charismatic movement on Thursday, the second day of the Strange Fire conference hosted at his California church. However, a backlash of criticism, in full swing since the beginning of the event, included a stern statement from the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, a Pentecostal minister and president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.
MacArthur's punches thrown during the three-day conference included calling out mainline, Pentecostal-influenced pastors such as T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen, and congregations that he says focus on "spirit-filled" services rather than Christ-centered doctrine.
"If the Charismatic movement was being produced by the Holy Spirit, the glory of Christ would prevail everywhere," said MacArthur during the morning session Thursday. "It would be Christ dominated and everyone in the movement would be bowing the knee to the true Christ in belief of the true Gospel." more >>
Worship artist Matt Redman brought home six awards at the 44th Annual Dove Awards Sunday with the most award wins of any artist.
He won "Songwriter of the Year" and "Song of the Year" for his powerful anthem "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)."
Redman also received awards for the song in the categories of "Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year," "Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year" and "Praise & Worship Song of the Year." more >>
Worship artist Chris Tomlin was a two time recipient of a GMA Dove Award on Sunday in the category "Praise & Worship Album of the Year" for Burning Lights.
He also received an award for the collaborative album, Passion: Let the Future Begin for the "Special Event Album of the Year" category.
The two Dove awards were Tomlin's 20th and 21st. more >>
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa announced plans for a public memorial service for Pastor Chuck Smith, who died after a battle with lung cancer nearly two weeks ago, that include hosting the event at the more than 18,000-seat capacity Honda Center arena in Anaheim, Calif., on Oct. 27. Additionally, more than 200 churches worldwide presently plan to show the tribute, live via webcast, to the man credited for being instrumental in both the Calvary Chapel and "Jesus People" movements.
Evangelist and pastor Greg Laurie is scheduled to give a Gospel message during the memorial, according to a Harvest Ministries spokesperson. Harvest, known for its large-scale Christian outreaches, is providing the staging and is facilitating the webcast for the event. Churches planning to show the event by webcast include congregations in Kenya, Haiti, Japan, Peru, U.S., and several other countries.
Other plans for Smith's service include featuring many of the early pastors and musicians who were influenced by the preacher, some who had made commitments to be followers of Jesus Christ while worshipping under the big circus tent that had been erected on the CCCM property during the Jesus People movement, according to ASSIST News Service. Pastors like Laurie, Jeff Johnson, Mike MacIntosh and Skip Heitzig now lead some of the largest churches in the U.S. more >>