Memorial services for the late legendary gospel singer Andrae Crouch are set to begin next week in San Fernando, California, where he served as co-senior pastor.
The singer and songwriter died at age 72 on Jan. 8, after suffering a heart attack. New Christ Memorial Church is honoring Crouch with public memorial services referred to as "a celebration of Andrae Crouch's life" in the coming week, including a viewing on Tuesday, Jan. 20, a tribute that evening, another viewing on Wednesday, Jan. 21, as well as a four-hour celebration of his life, according to the church's website.
"In lieu of flowers, please send tax-deductible donations to: Andrae Crouch Memorial Fund," the church posted on its website. more >>
Carrie Underwood teamed up with Vince Gill honoring Little Jimmy Dickens at the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday with the song "Go Rest High On That Mountain."
Dickens, who died earlier this month at the age of 94, was a famous country music singer well known for his novelty songs, small stature of just four-foot-eleven, and his rhinestone-encrusted outfits. Offering a goodbye to the singer, Gill and Underwood took the stage among Dickens' boots and a hat belonging to him. Before finishing the song "Go Rest High On That Mountain," Gill was overcome by emotion.
Prior to their tearful performance at the memorial service, both Gill and Underwood shared stories about their friendship with Dickens. more >>
Andraé Crouch, the gospel music legend and choir director who worked with Madonna and Michael Jackson, died on Thursday at age 72.
The singer and songwriter died at Northridge Hospital Medical Center where he had been since Saturday after suffering a heart attack, according to his publicist via the Associated Press. News of Crouch's death has left many in mourning, including The Recording Academy, which bestowed Crouch with seven Grammy Awards.
"Andraé Crouch was a remarkable musician and legendary figure in gospel music," Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. "We have lost a dynamic member of our creative community, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and all who have been lifted up by his remarkable work." more >>
In the midst of the NFL playoffs, some churchgoers might find themselves in a quandary over whether to skip a worship service or watch their favorite football team still in the hunt, but a recently released survey shows that most churchgoers would rather attend worship service.
In a recent LifeWay Research study of a random sample of 2,000 Americans, with the survey conducted only on those who are Christians and attend religious service, more than 8 in 10 (83 percent) of the faithful disagree with the statement: "I would skip a weekly worship service in order to watch my favorite football team."
The survey of 994 churchgoers also showed that nearly 7 in 10 (68 percent) strongly disagree. Only about 1 in 7 churchgoers (15 percent) say they'd skip church in order to watch their favorite football team. more >>
Two weeks after a California church's pastors were shot at while sitting in the church parking, a staff member informed the Christian Post that the congregation is seeking to expand it's gang ministry to reach even more troubled men in their San Diego community.
The attack occurred December 28. That Sunday night Greater Apostolic Faith Temple Church's lead pastor Dwayne Shepherd and another minister with the last name Profit were inside a parked car just outside the church when an unknown gunman fired four shots into the car window at close range.
Both men scrambled out of the passenger's side door as soon as the firing began and took cover in the church basement. Fortunately neither suffered life-threatening injuries: Shepherd, who was seated on the passenger side, was wounded when took a bullet grazed his chest and entered his arm. The other pastor escaped unharmed. more >>
Hillsong Church's group Young & Free announced that on Wednesday, they will release their upcoming EP "This Is Living" which features a collaboration with Lecrae.
Offering a glimpse at Hillsong Church's Youth Ministry, Young & Free's new EP will hit stores on Jan. 13 complete with its lead track "This Is Living" with Grammy Award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae on it.
"For us it was a dream come true to collaborate with Lecrae who we not only love and respect as an artist, but as someone who is a strong voice for freedom to this generation," the Young & Free team said. "If anyone's message echoes the message of 'This Is Living,' it's Lecrae." more >>