An online comedic group known by the name of Blimey Cow has turned heads this week with its latest video, a tutorial titled "How to Write a Worship Song (In 5 Minutes or Less)," lampooning popular praise songs found in some Christian churches.
The nearly four-minute production from the Nashville, Tenn., group of 20-something Christians was uploaded on YouTube on Monday, and became an immediate hit with Blimey Cow's fan base. By Tuesday, the tutorial was among YouTube's top five most popular videos.
"Every good worship song only needs four chords. You can add an extra one in the bridge if you're feeling especially artistic, but you really only just need four," says tutorial guide Jordan Taylor, one-third of Blimey Cow. "Just make sure that you play it really loud and that you have a lot of delay on the lead guitar." more >>
South Carolina's NewSpring Church led by Pastor Perry Noble will be starting a new sermon series this coming Sunday titled, "Don't Waste Your Life." The multi-campus megachurch begins the provocative series after creating a bit of a stir for moving last Sunday's evening services to last Saturday night so that its congregants could opt to watch the Super Bowl.
"The average life expectancy in America is 78-years-old. That's 28,470 days, give or take a leap year," reads a church announcement about the new series. "So what are you doing with your days? How do you spend them?
"Your life is too short to wander, to be filled with regret, or to pass by opportunities He puts in front of you. Don't let it slip away. Don't waste your life," the series promotion concludes. more >>
WASHINGTON – An influential United Methodist pastor who delivered the sermon at the 57th Inaugural Prayer Service stated in his message that America needs a "compelling vision" that unites the country in a time of strong political partisanship.
Adam Hamilton, author and senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., said on Tuesday morning to those gathered at the Washington National Cathedral, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden:
"To many Americans we can feel like a house divided that cannot stand," said Hamilton, regarding the apparent intractability of the current political climate at the federal level and the desperation to find a "common vision….that brings us all together." more >>
Planetshakers, one of the most influential church movements in Australia is making its United States conference debut at Rock Church in San Diego, Calif., during a three-day event that began Thursday. A live webcast on Friday will feature the founders of Planetshakers City Church in Melbourne and the Planetshakers worship band.
"At Planetshakers Limitless Conference San Diego, it's our desire to see people empowered, so they can increasingly impact their world in a way that points people to Christ and encourages them to live life to the full," founder and senior pastor Russell Evans told The Christian Post via email Thursday.
"We will have passionate praise and worship and teaching from some great pastors from various parts of the world," Evans said. Every continent will be represented during the webcast. "We are pretty excited to have the honor of bringing our conference to the USA for the first time. We are expecting those in attendance to be touched by God in a powerful way," he stated. more >>
Seattle-based Mars Hill Church is taking its record label that features an eclectic brand of worship music to the next level by partnering with two renowned record label and recording studio companies that have featured such Christian favorites as Jeremy Camp, KJ-52, Kutless, and Falling Up.
Mars Hill Music announced on Tuesday that it will be partnering with Tooth & Nail Records and BEC Recordings to share the variety of worship bands coming from Mars Hill Church. Both companies work closely with EMI Records, one of the largest music distribution companies in the world.
"We have already been incredibly blessed with the number of people we've been able to reach with our music so far," Mars Hill communications director Justin Dean told The Christian Post. "For Mars Hill Music this partnership with Tooth & Nail means taking our record label from previously being able to reach thousands to possibly reaching millions through Tooth & Nails' distribution channels." more >>
A Texas megachurch overseen by Bishop T.D. Jakes has opened up a new campus three years after purchasing the location, which was once a shopping center.
With the sound of shofar, The Potter's House of Dallas held their first worship service on Sunday at the Fort Worth location, expanding the number of operating campuses for the church that boasts an estimated 30,000 members.
Patrick E. Winfield Jr., a pastor ordained in 1996 who is presently pursuing a doctorate in education from Dallas Baptist University, heads the newly operational campus, known as The Potter's House of Fort Worth. more >>