"American Idol" launched the careers of some of the nation's biggest Christian singers, including Mandisa, Danny Gokey, and Colton Dixon. As the show comes to an end, 24-year-old Dixon was invited back to perform for the grand finale.
Dixon is set to return to the "American Idol" stage for the last time Thursday, April 7, to perform for the iconic singing competition. The grand finale will be held at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and the episode will air live on FOX from 8:00pm EST.
"American Idol's" grand finale will be filled with surprise appearances and star-studded performances as Idol pays tribute to the past 15 seasons. Thursday's final episode will include performances by former Idols such as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, Allison Iraheta, Amber Holcomb, Blake Lewis, Bo Bice, Bucky Covington, Brandon Rogers, Casey James, Carly Smithson, Chris Daughtry, Clark Beckham, Clay Aiken, Constantine Maroulis, Danny Gokey, Diana DeGarmo, Elliott Yamin, Ace Young, George Huff, James Durbin, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Justin Guarini, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Kimberley Locke, Kree Harrison, LaToya London, Lauren Alaina, Melinda Doolittle, Pia Toscano, Sanjaya, Skylar Lane, Tamyra Gray and more. more >>
Colorado's Delta County School District says administration policies don't allow it to prevent atheist groups from carrying on with their plan to place secular and satanic literature in school libraries Friday.
The Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers and the Freedom From Religion Foundation will place their literature on a table in middle school and high school libraries, in response to the recent distribution of Gideon Bibles at the schools, according to local station WHSV3.
The Satanic Temple is involved in the planned literature placement program. more >>
A tutor in northern India allegedly killed his 11-year-old student for refusing to join the Islamic State terror group, according to the victim's family.
The victim, identified as Ravi Pal, a class 3 student from Kaserua Khurd village in Uttar Pradesh state's Allahabad district, was choked to death by his tutor, identified only as Irfan, according to Asia News International.
The student's father said Irfan was pressuring his son to join IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and killed him after the victim refused to do so. more >>
Selena Gomez surprised fans at Hillsong Church's Young & Free Revival Concert in Los Angeles last month and is now opening up about her first experience leading worship.
In an Instagram post the 23-year-old star shared a picture of herself in the posture of worship. "First time I ever lead worship," she wrote last week. "I got to perform my first worship song I ever wrote. So grateful for His grace and understanding."
Gomez sang her song, "Nobody" during the concert and told those worshiping along with her that "Tonight is more than a concert, it's more than Hillsong, it's more than me coming on stage and singing a song for you. It's about a relationship that is greater than anything, guaranteed," The Christian Post reported earlier this month. more >>
Justin Bieber has shared an image of himself praying alongside rap moguls Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and Kanye West during his Purpose tour just days after he cancelled his meet-and-greet events with fans, saying they're great people but their "spiritual energy" makes him "drained and unhappy."
Bieber, the 22-year-old singer who is touring the country, took to Instagram to reveal that he and the rap moguls spent part of their time together to honor Jesus. "Uncle puff and Yeezy giving thanks to Jesus," Bieber wrote Friday
But it seems Bieber has been struggling spiritually on the tour, which led to his decision to cancel all of his scheduled meet-and-greet events with fans. more >>
An evangelical author and former feminist recently stated that Christians who support socialism and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders are "lazy."
Chelsen Vicari, author and Evangelical Program Director with the Institute on Religion & Democracy, told the Daily Caller in a recent interview that these "lazy Christians" expect government to take care of problems that Christians and the Church should address.
"Young Christians are confusing individual Christian compassion and the Church's role and responsibility in public life with the government providing entitlements and expanding welfare programs," said Vicari. more >>