Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, has added internationally-acclaimed pastor Joyce Meyer and Australian activist Christine Caine to the powerhouse lineup of speakers that are set to hit the stage this summer at MegaFest, the nation's largest Christian family festival.
Meyer and Caine, both leading figures in the evangelical world, will join the likes of Bishop Tudor Bismarck, R.A. Vernon, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams and Jakes' wife, pastor Serita Jakes, at the three-day event that will be held Aug. 20-22 in "Big D."
"We are pleased to add each and every one of these world-renowned inspirational leaders to our expanding MegaFest lineup," Jakes said. "These speakers' international reach stretches across three continents and demonstrates the worldwide impact of MegaFest." more >>
The number of congregations belonging to Presbyterian Church (USA) fell below the 10,000 mark during 2014, according to statistics released by the denomination.
PCUSA earlier this month reported that it had 9,829 congregations in 2014, which represents a decline from the 10,038 congregations it had in 2013.
110 congregations were listed as dissolved and another 101 were dismissed to other denominations. In contrast, in 2014 PCUSA had 15 new congregations organized. more >>
Carrie Underwood won the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song with her hit "Something in the Water" on Sunday night.
The faith-filled ballad incorporates strong themes of Christianity such as conversion, baptism and keeping the faith with lyrics that include: "Couldn't fight back the tears so I fell on my knees / Saying 'God if you're there come and rescue me.' Felt love pouring down from above / got washed in the water, washed in the blood and now I'm changed / now I'm stronger." Further, "Something in the Water" ends with an interpolation of "Amazing Grace" before Underwood belts out a portion of the hymn.
In a past interview, Underwood described recording "Something in the Water," recalling that the song, which became the singer's longest-running No. 1 hit on Billboard charts to date, was very special. more >>
Mark Driscoll, who resigned last October as the lead pastor of the Seattle-based Mars Hill megachurch due to a controversy surrounding his leadership style, delivered a sermon at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek near downtown Seattle on Sunday.
"Such a powerful message by Mark Driscoll to kick off our Repurpose series. Thanks Mark!" the Gold Creek church wrote on its Facebook page, and quoted him as saying in the sermon, "God doesn't need you to impress Him, he needs you to trust Him."
Before the sermon, pastor Dan Kellogg of Gold Creek introduced Driscoll by telling the congregation that he's qualified to speak on repurposing of life as he's in the middle of it, and that he had been "unfairly treated by former staff and the media." more >>
In hopes of encouraging fellow Christians to stay in Pakistan in light of religious tensions, a Christian businessman in the country's largest city is building a giant 14-story cross outside the entrance to the largest Christian cemetery in Karachi.
Parvez Henry Gill, a devout christian who lives in Karachi, recently told The Washington Post that God came to him in a dream one night four years ago and challenged him with the divine task of finding a way to relieve Pakistani Christians from the constant fear of persecution and abuse frequently perpetrated by Pakistan's radical Muslim community.
"I want you to do something different," Gill remembers God telling him. more >>
Grammy Award-winning Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae shared his faith and belief that all of humankind is "the public manifestation of God's glory" when he took the stage at Passion City Church's first-ever Passion 2015 event earlier this year.
In a recently-released video from the Atlanta conference, Lecrae is seen opening up his talk with a story about Muhammad Ali before delving in to what God's glory actually means.
"We are not supernatural people, we are not superheroes, we do not have super powers, but we're here to reflect the one superhero," the 36-year-old rapper emphasized before the gathering of 18-25-year-olds. "We're here to let the world know how awesome He is, not how awesome we are." more >>