The head of a North Carolina-based organization that aids ministries for singles has said that too many churches consider the unmarried to be "invisible."
Kris Swiatocho, director of The Singles Network Ministries, told The Christian Post that "for most churches single adults are invisible. Mainly because most pastors, secretaries, deacons/elders are married with children. When they are in the pulpit they typically preach and identify with those that are like themselves."
"I have actually spoken with churches who are not sure they have any singles there mainly because they view singleness has a particular age-range vs. someone who isn't married from 18 to the grave." more >>
In response to the cinematic debut of the "50 Shades of Grey" movie, one Virginia pastor will look to respond via a sermon series meant to address various matters regarding sexual ethics, including pornography and gay marriage.
Rick McDaniel, pastor of Richmond Community Church, will be preaching a sermon series starting on Sunday meant to add a Christian moral perspective on controversial topics pertaining to sexual behavior. Known as the "5 Shades of Grey," the series will include issues like pornography, divorce, gay marriage, cohabitation, and adultery.
In an interview with The Christian Post, McDaniel explained that "God just sort of dropped an idea in my head" to do the series in response to the popularity of "50 Shades of Grey." more >>
The manager of the St. Louis Cardinals Major League Baseball team, Mike Matheny, released a new book offering his critique of how today's parents are ruining the youth-sports experience for children and also touched on how he boldly expresses his love for Jesus in today's increasingly secular environment.
In his book entitled The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager's Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life, the 44-year-old Cardinals' skipper wrote that many of today's parents are living vicariously through their child's youth sports activities and because of that, many children end up quitting sports due to the pressure and fear of letting their parents down.
After 13 seasons as a big-league catcher with four different teams, Matheny, retired in 2006. In 2008, Matheny was asked if he could coach a local youth baseball team. Before agreeing to coach the team, Matheny presented the team's parents with a 5-page, single-spaced letter outlining what he expected of the parents, and told them he would not coach the team if they did not agree to abide by the requests he made in the letter. more >>
The evangelical humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse has exceeded its donation goal of 10 million gift-filled shoeboxes in 2014 in its popular charity program, Operation Christmas Child.
Through Operation Christmas Child, donors from across the United States and 12 other Western countries can donate shoeboxes filled with small age-appropriate gifts that are then compiled and distributed by the ministry to millions of less fortunate children across the world.
Samaritan's Purse, an organization run by Franklin Graham, the son of world-renowned evangelist Billy Graham, announced this week that it exceeded its global goal for 2014 by receiving over 10.4 million shoeboxes, with over 8 million of them coming from donors in the United States. The shoeboxes will hopefully provide a glimmer of hope to underprivileged children in more than 100 nations. more >>
Grammy-nominated bluegrass singer Rhonda Vincent, who was deemed the "new queen of bluegrass" by The Wall Street Journal in 2000, shared in a recent interview how she stood up to an atheist who made a mockery of her gospel music.
The 52-year-old Vincent sat down for an interview with The Blaze over the weekend and shared a time when she and her band were touring in Canada and her faith and integrity were put to the test by a trying atheist who obnoxiously made a mockery of a gospel song that she was singing, a song that she had held so sacred in her heart.
"The most challenging time that I ever had with my faith, we played up in Canada at a folk festival, I think it was the Calgary Folk Festival or Edmonton Folk Festival. They put us on a stage on a Sunday morning with four other artists and we would alternate. To me, it was a Sunday morning service. I did a gospel song, then the next group did one, and the next group did one." Vincent explained. "Then a guy came up and he was an atheist. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. He started making fun of us." more >>
Just days after Katy Perry's stupendous Super Bowl Halftime show, the singer's guest performer Missy Elliott revealed how the pair organized the acclaimed concert.
Perry, who was raised in a Christian household with minister parents, cited God when approaching Elliott to appear alongside her during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime event. During an interview on "Sway In The Morning" on Friday, Elliott revealed the conversation with the pop star.
"She said she was a fan of mine, and that meant a lot," the 43-year-old hip hop star recalled of Perry. "I thought I was going to come out and do the record we did together, and she said I want you to do your records. I said, 'Wow.' She said 'God got you here for a reason,' and I am getting emotional… I'm humbly grateful. I'm so humbled I can't even tell you, I've cried and cried and cried, tears of joy, but I've cried." more >>