I have belonged to many churches in my fifty-seven years, beginning with St. Pius X in Warren, Ohio, and most recently to both a Presbyterian congregation and a Catholic parish. I hear at least a hundred sermons a year, and the act of listening to a priest or a pastor expound on Scripture is always good, even if the sermon isn't.
Going to church, I've learned, is a gift-a gift that teaches us how to give to others. Everyone-every single person reading this and every person in the world-needs to belong to a church no matter whether they believe or not.
First, church gives its members a regular occasion for concentration on the biggest questions of them all – questions that have been asked since the beginning of time for the simple reason that we are made to wonder about this world and our places in it. Those questions and that wondering are not served-reliably and seriously-anywhere except in a church. And thus that deep, deep hunger is fed only through life within a body devoted to answering these enormous questions of why the world is the way it is and how we ought to live in it. more >>
For those who want the nightclub scene without the drinking and solicitations for sex, Club for Jesus in Waldorf, Md., offers a fun atmosphere where believers and nonbelievers can have a good time.
"Just because you're saved doesn't mean you can't dance," Yolanda Darby told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday. Darby said she was inspired to create Club for Jesus when she discovered the need for "an alternative place to go dance or party without drinking, without being picked up."
Traditional churches end up stifling people, Darby said. "Ninety-nine percent of church people are the ones who patronize secular clubs," she argued. "We feel that the churches, somewhat, in some cases, are putting people back in slavery." Pastors warn their congregations against having fun at places like Club for Jesus, and that drives them to go to secular clubs. more >>
Kylie Bisutti, the Victoria's Secret model that left the industry because of her Christian views, announced details about the imminent birth of her first child this week.
The author of "I'm No Angel: From Victoria's Secret Model to Role Model" is nine months pregnant with her first child with her husband Mike.
A frequent Instagram user, Bisutti took to the social media platform with the news that she will be welcoming the baby "in the comfort of our home," revealing a collage of pictures beside a large bathtub. more >>
A reality TV show preacher known for his snake-handling during worship services has been exonerated by a grand jury in Tennessee.
Andrew Hamblin, pastor at Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette was exonerated by a grand jury in Campbell County on Wednesday, reported local media.
"Prosecutor Lori Phillips Jones said officials didn't see the matter as a religious freedom case but public safety. She said she respects the grand jury's decision," said Nashville's News Channel 5. more >>
A North Carolina church will soon hold a men's conference featuring a retired general, a former NFL player, and a former professional wrestler among its honored guests.
The Men's Ministry at Shady Grove Wesleyan Church of Colfax will host the "Triad Area Wide Men's Summit" on Saturday from 12-6 pm.
Bus drivers for the Houston Independent School District are rallying in protest after their employer punished them for praying at work. The drivers had used a back channel on the bus radio system to pray for one of their coworkers after her 12-year-old daughter was struck and killed by a vehicle in mid-December.
A group of bus drivers from the Houston Independent School District [HISD] and several local ministers gathered Tuesday in front of the HISD administration building to pray for resolution and justice in the recent controversy that began two weeks ago, when at least five HISD bus drivers were punished for using a dormant channel on the bus radio system to pray for a coworker mourning the loss of her daughter.
The controversy began with tragedy on Dec. 16, when a 12-year-old girl in north Harris county was struck by a vehicle while walking home from school, later dying of her injuries. Her mother is an employee with the HISD's bus system, and as a show of solidarity and support, her coworkers used the bus radio system's back channel to pray five minutes every day for a week following their coworker's loss. more >>