A new band launched by Seattle's Mars Hill Church released a worship album featuring two hymns and two new worship ballads set to music inspired by modern alternative rock bands, including "The Killers."
"I'd say the sound of the album was inspired by bands like The Killers, Jimmy Eat World, and The Gaslight Anthem," Nick Lathe, lead singer for "The Dispatch" and worship director at Mars Hill's location in Sammamish, Wash, told The Christian Post in a Wednesday interview. Despite this new style, the band aims "to write songs that our church will respond to – that are heavily rooted in scripture and theologically sound."
Lathe said that the album, released Tuesday, focuses on the all-sufficient work of Jesus on the Cross. "We don't bring anything to the table in terms of salvation, but it's through Jesus' grace alone," he said. more >>
Contrary to a widely circulated story from earlier this week, Jay-Z and Beyoncé have not purchased a historic Southside Chicago theatre.
The rumor that went about the Internet claimed the celebrity couple purchased the Regal Theatre found on 79th Street for an estimated $250,000. NBC Chicago reported that while the 1920s era building was indeed under contract, an anonymous source connected to the sale stated that the celebrities were not involved.
"Jet Magazine reported the South Side theater was purchased for $250,000. The FDIC confirmed the building is under contract but would not confirm on the record the celebrities were behind the deal," reported NBC. "A source familiar with the deal who wished to remain anonymous because of the pending sale, however, said the Beyonce and Jay Z rumor is inaccurate." more >>
Christian artist Jeremy Camp recently launched his new Speaking Louder Ministries, based off his album Speaking Louder Than Before, and wants to create a whole new realm of worship as an artist and as a believer who has the opportunity to spread the gospel.
"To speak loud enough with our lives that the message of Christ reaches every corner of the world and to reach out to the lost and the hurting with the good news of the gospel. To inspire and give other believers the opportunity to be the heart and hands of Jesus in their community," Speaking Louder's mission statement says on the site.
Camp speaks about this ministry being 15 years in the making as he has finally come to a point in his life where he is ready to let go and surrender all to God night after night in worship. more >>
The Catholic diocese that recently purchased the iconic Crystal Cathedral in Southern California is working on a $53 million renovations project for the 34 acre grounds.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has a list of several projects meant to improve the facilities, working under the motto of "from Crystal to Christocentric."
Ryan Lilyengren, director of Communications for the Diocese, told The Christian Post that the efforts were made to make the former Crystal Cathedral "the true center of the Diocese of Orange." more >>
An Oklahoma-based construction company known for building sanctuaries for several large megachurches in the United States, including one with nearly 10,000 weekend attendees, is in talks for securing a major project in Brazil.
Churches by Daniels Construction of Tulsa, which has the same owner as Daniels & Daniels Construction, has been in talks with people from Brazil over a project for several months. Rachael D. Rowland, marketing director with Churches by Daniels and daughter of the owner, told The Christian Post that if approved the project would be on a grand scale. Churches by Daniels have built facilities for congregations like Victory Christian Center of Tulsa, Okla., which has a regular attendance of over 9,000; Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., with an attendance of 5,500; and Living Word Family Church of Naples, Fla., with a 2,000+ regular attendance.
"We are talking with a group from Brazil about a possible project down there, which will be probably the largest project we have ever done," said Rowland. "We've just been talking and talking about terms and that kind of stuff. So it's not solidified, but it's a good possibility." more >>
A Virginia Anglican congregation that traces its founding to the colonial era has announced that they will file an appeal over a property case to the United States Supreme Court.
The Falls Church Anglican stated earlier this week their intention to file an appeal over whether they or the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia controls the historic Falls Church property. "Through the work of the Holy Spirit, we achieved a broad degree of unity in our decision to bring these matters forward to the Supreme Court, believing that God has uniquely positioned TFCA to do so," reads an email sent out to parishioners on Monday.
"We are advised that the facts of our case are strong and that we are uniquely placed at this time – and perhaps for many years to come – to raise these issues to the U.S. Supreme Court. And each of us wanted to be good stewards of the resources God has given us." more >>