Christian parents in Tacoma, Washington, are speaking out against plans to launch an "After School Satan Club" at a neighborhood elementary school.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the founder of the Satanic Temple of Seattle, Lillith Star, is being pressured by the national Satanic Temple headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts, to set up an After School Satan Club (ASSC) at an elementary school in the Seattle area.
This comes as other local chapters of the Satanic Temple across the nation have appealed to local school districts to obtain meeting space at public schools to give students an alternative to Christian-based after school clubs like Good News Club. more >>
International superstar Justin Bieber was baptized in 2014, and in a recent sit down with Oprah, Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz details the eventful experience and says Justin Bieber is the perfect example of a serious Christian.
On her show "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah says she marvels at the fact that Bieber, despite being a young star, has not fallen apart. She equated his resiliency to being friends with Lentz and then asked about the time the New York pastor performed Bieber's baptism.
Lentz said he met Bieber after his friend, fellow pastor Judah Smith, contacted him and said he was "working" with Bieber and wanted the two of them to connect. more >>
As conflicts in Iraq and Syria have forced millions of residents to flee their homes over the last several years, a leading Christian persecution activist has explained that over 80 percent of Christians have left Iraq in the last 13 years, while nearly half of all Christians have fled Syria since 2010.
Before the United States military went into Iraq in 2003, captured dictator Saddam Hussein, and opened up a power vacuum, Iraq was home to about 1.5 million Christians. But after sectarian violence commenced and the brutal Islamic State terrorist organization rose to power in 2014, fewer than 300,000 remain.
Meanwhile, in neighboring Syria, civil war has ravaged the country over the last five years and the rise of IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) inside the country has compounded problems, thus creating one of the worst refugee crises in the 21st century. more >>
New Creation Church, a Pentecostal congregation in Hillsboro, Oregon, announced Monday that its ban on fat worship leaders, which had been instituted in the language of a slew of mandatory guidelines to be a part of the congregation's worship team, is currently under review and will be changed.
In the guidelines document, the church explicitly warns against "excessive weight" among worship team members along with a number of other typical holiness requirements common to Pentecostal churches, like evidence of speaking in other tongues. more >>
Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz was recently interviewed by television star Oprah Winfrey on her SuperSoul Sunday talk show program and described what he believes is the "root of racism" in America today.
Lentz, who proclaimed on Facebook in September that he and his megachurch won't be chanting "All Lives Matter" because "black lives apparently are worth less on our streets," talked with Winfrey for over 40 minutes about faith, religion and Christ.
But one of the last questions that the 62-year-old African-American megastar asked the 31-year-old pastor was what he thinks "the root of racism is." more >>
Churches across the country will be holding communion services on election day this year as part of an ecumenical effort to combat the "spirit of divisiveness."
Known as Election Day Communion, the observance was first held in 2012 and had approximately 900 congregations from diverse denominations take part.
"We watched the rancor and bitterness of this election reach new highs (and new lows). We've seen that spirit of divisiveness seep into our communities, our neighborhoods, even our churches," stated the EDC's website. more >>