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Hobby Lobby, Megachurches, and the Trouble With Corporate Christianity

Charity R. Carney, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Charity R. Carney, Ph.D.

In the United States we have increasingly associated Christianity with capitalism and the consequences affect both corporations and churches. It's a comfortable relationship and seemingly natural since so much of our history is built on those two forces. But it's also scary.

T.D. Jakes: What I 'Hate' About Megachurch Culture

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion

It might seem strange for the Chief Pastor of one of the biggest churches in the country to have anything negative to say about megachurches. But Bish...

Singapore Prosperity Gospel Churches See Themselves As Future Of Evangelical Christianity

Reuters | Laura Philomin | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion

SINGAPORE, March 6 (Reuters) - "God is here, God is here," croons Singapore church official Sun Ho as she struts across a neon-lit stage and thousan...

Big Churches Getting Bigger

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

While megachurches continue to experience mega-growth, the question emerges: Just how are they growing? While there may be no one "formula" for growing a megachurch, there are some clear and observable patterns and trends to their growth.

Tuesday's Religion Headlines

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

American Catholics and Protestants come to a major agreement, Sin City apparently is also megachurch city, gay and atheists in the Boy Scouts, plus God and the Super Bowl in today's religion reads.

Creflo Dollar Seeks Anger Management, Gets Abuse Charge Dropped

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2013 | Black Voices

By David Beasley ATLANTA, Jan 25 (Reuters) - Prosecutors have dropped a simple battery charge against the pastor of mega church in At...

Revealed: Surprising Explanation For Megachurches' Popularity

Posted 08.20.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 08/19/2012 08:11 AM EDT on LiveScience DENVER — More and more Americans are spendin...

Which Master Are We Serving?

Brady Boyd | Posted 03.18.2012 | Religion
Brady Boyd

Let's make sure we are serving the right master, not a world system that gives us easy money and then makes us servants who then have to ask permission to do the things we have already been told to do by our true Master.

The Bursting Of The Megachurch Bubble?

Skye Jethani | Posted 01.08.2012 | Religion
Skye Jethani

But buried in the positive stats about megachurches may be signs of challenges ahead. Could a bubble be forming? And when it finally bursts will the mega-model be abandoned or severely reengineered?

Churches Play Key Role In South Carolina Primary

Taylors-Wade Hampton Patch | Carolyn Farr Smith, Chris Winston, Jeff Brush, Lindsay Street, Shiresse Bell and Adam Crisp | Posted 01.02.2012 | Politics

Churches are as much a part of South Carolina politics, as making a stop at the world-famous Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg....

The Role Of Megachurches In Iowa

Urbandale Patch | Ann Carothers-Kay | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

With no clear Republican presidential favorite among Iowa’s conservative Christians, candidates are running out of time and opportunities to win tha...

Fast Food Marketing And The Local Church

Brady Boyd | Posted 08.03.2011 | Religion
Brady Boyd

Have we, as American pastors, given up our calling as shepherds and unknowingly become fast food entrepreneurs who are building a religious business and not a church?

Jaweed Kaleem

Crystal Cathedral, California's Famous Multimillion-Dollar Megachurch, Is Up For Sale

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 07.27.2011 | Religion

NEW YORK -- Crystal Cathedral, one of the nation’s first modern megachurches and one that had come to define the movement’s opulent strain with it...

The Groupon Dilemma For Churches: Attracting Members Without Encouraging Cheapskates

David Briggs | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

People were eager to take the free meals or special offers, but not so willing to keep coming back at prices businesses must charge to turn a profit. Churches, mosques and temples can empathize.

Evangelical Finance Probe Concluded by Senator

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa has concluded a three-year probe into alleged lavish spending at...

The Myth of Progress

The Myth of Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

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The Supreme Purpose In All Religions (And Their Shared Failure)

Steve McSwain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Rather than mutually respecting and affirming the one and only thing all religions share in common, religious leaders become preoccupied with what distinguishes them in terms of their beliefs, doctrines, viewpoints and so on

The Unfortunate Effects Apocalyptic Beliefs Can Have On Morality

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

When I was a kid I knew The World was going to Hell in a hand basket. I didn't know what that phrase meant, still don't really, but I knew that it was one of the only times I could get away with saying hell.

Bible Belt Megachurches On A Building Boom

Religion News Service | By Greg Garrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Greg Garrison Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Megachurches here in the heart of the Bible Belt are thriving enough to support a majo...

Open Your God Account Now, and Get a Free Gift!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

It used to be that religions proselytized with promises about the hereafter. If there was a present-day benefit to be gained, it was generally something like not being tortured or put to death. But all that has changed.

Foreclosure Churches struck down by foreclosures

Reuters | Tom Hals | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Getting a complete picture of the financial health of churches across the country is difficult. But a review of filings in the Thomson Reuters Westlaw...

Why Evangelicalism Is Failing A New Generation

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

There are three major reasons that a younger generation is leaving Evangelicalism: pernicious sexism, religious intolerance, and conservative politics.

Separation of Church and Estate

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Churches are political organizations that routinely violate IRS statutes, undermining any claim they might have had to property tax exemptions.