A year of heartbreaking personal tragedies suffered by Christian leaders appeared all too often as the main news at The Christian Post and the Church & Ministry section in 2013. In early April, Southern California-based megachurch pastor Rick Warren, and his wife, Kay, lost their son, Matthew, to suicide. Warren grieved quite publicly by journaling through social media, and he and his wife helped bring the issue of mental health to the forefront of the Christian community.
Below are the Top 10 Most Read Church & Ministry stories of 2013.
10. Experiencing God Author Henry Blackaby Found Safe After Missing 29 Hours [Article Date: Sept. 20] more >>
Around this time each year, people begin thinking about fresh starts. People want to change things about their lives, and often the New Year provides a perfect time to do it. The Bible has a lot to say about fresh starts, too. The creators of the CEB Study Bible have compiled 10 verses to start 2014 out right.
10 Verses to Usher in the New Year
1. Don't remember the prior things; don't ponder ancient history. Look! I'm doing a new thing; now it sprouts up; don't you recognize it? I'm making a way in the desert, paths in the wilderness. – Isaiah 43:18-19 CEB more >>
Every holiday has a past. Christmas is no different. The day now known for manger scenes, Santa Claus, and gift-giving during the peak of winter was not always celebrated in said manner.
Many of the traditions connected to the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ have non-Christian origins. Items like the Yule log, the Christmas tree, and the very placement of the observance during the darkest time in the calendar year stem from pre-Christian religious observances.
Bruce Forbes, professor of religious studies at Sioux City, Iowa-based Morningside College explained to The Christian Post in an earlier interview that many current Christmas rituals emerged during the difficult winters pagans often encountered. more >>
Award-winning gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp's latest CD, a feel-good album titled Christmas Card, reminds listeners of the reason for the season and includes a "thank you" from the Sapp kids to all who have supported them since their mother's passing. Sapp recently spoke with The Christian Post about his new LP, celebrating the holidays without his late wife, and how he manages being a single dad, pastor, and recording artist.
Sapp's Christmas Card, opening with the track "Feels Real Good," a bouncy, bass-heavy cut, and closing with the doo-wop track "Don't Get It Twisted" that calls for keeping Christ in Christmas, also offers two traditional tracks, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Joseph's Song."
The family- and dance-friendly album is Sapp's first-ever Christmas-themed LP, which is just one of a few recent firsts for the Michigan artist and minister. more >>
A recently released study conducted by Pew Research has found that among surveyed Americans, only about half consider Christmas to be an inherently religious holiday.
In results reported Wednesday, Pew's Religion & Public Life Project found that 51 percent of Americans viewed Christmas as more of a religious holiday than cultural.
Thirty-two percent of respondents considered Christmas more cultural than religious, with 9 percent giving other answers and 7 percent saying they do not celebrate Christmas. more >>
A preacher featured on the National Geographic reality television series 'Snake Salvation' will go before a Tenn. grand jury next month.
Pastor Andrew Hamblin of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette appeared for a preliminary hearing Tuesday over allegations of snake handling and owning dangerous wildlife.