Kari Jobe knows what it's like to struggle. But the worship leader also knows how to lean on God to get through the tough times and wants to help others do the same.
The 35-year-old contemporary Christian music singer spoke at Gateway Church's Pink Impact conference in Southlake, Texas, where she shared her "very raw and honest thoughts."
"In the midst of a season where there are a lot of questions ... it's absolutely OK to voice those questions and be honest with the Lord and to worship in the midst of the pain. Worship brings breakthrough and healing," she wrote on Instagram. "Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning. The night season may last a little while ... but God will surround you with songs of deliverance in it." more >>
Life.Church founder and Senior Pastor Craig Groeschel advises church leaders against expanding to multiple sites too quickly.
Speaking at the Catalyst One Day conference earlier this week, Groeschel expounded on such risks by explaining that even Life.Church has had a couple failed satellite campuses.
Singer Ciara Harris is publicly thanking God for the experience of motherhood in celebration of her son's second birthday.
"It has truly been the best life experience watching you grow! I am so grateful to God for you, and I can't wait to see all the many other amazing things He has in store for you," the 30-year-old singer shared in a personal Instagram message for her son. "Mommy loves you soooo much! #HappyBirthday to my prince, Future Zahir."
Ciara shares her son with hip-hop rapper Future, whom the toddler is named after. Now that she is engaged to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, he also shared a special birthday message for the now 2-year-old Future Zahir Wilburn. more >>
Controversial author and former megachurch Pastor Rob Bell says he rarely uses the term "Christian," claiming that Jesus would oppose it.
In an interview with Uproxx published last week, the former Mars Hill Bible Church pastor explained that he does not like to use the term "Christian" to describe himself.
"I don't actually use the word 'Christian' much, because I think Jesus would be mortified that a religion with very strong codes of in-and-out had started in his name," said Bell said in the interview. more >>
China Aid has reported in its 2015 Annual Report of Religious and Human Rights Persecution in China that as many as 20,000 people suffered religious persecution by the Communist Party throughout the year. Despite imcreasing persecution, however, the number of Christians in the country continues to grow.
"In 2015, China Aid documented 634 cases of persecution in which 19,426 religious practitioners were persecuted, representing an 8.62 percent increase from 2014's 17,884 religious practitioners persecuted," the report stated.
"A number of factors led to the increases, including a widespread, barbaric round up of China's human rights legal professionals, activists and family members in July 2015," it added. more >>
Filmmaker Cristóbal Krusen, the founder of the cinematic ministry Messenger Films, released a new book earlier this month that explains how the Christian faith inspired a number of historical figures who had huge impacts on secular society at the time in which they lived.
In the book They Were Christians: The Inspiring Faith of Men and Women Who Changed the World, Krusen details the faith of 12 transformational figures who impacted United States and world history.
"These weren't just people who ended up having a religious experience and preaching to the choir in church, they had a deep experience and encounter with God and went out and changed the world in which they lived," Krusen said in an interview with The Christian Post. "They lived out their faith with great distinction and incredible achievement." more >>