Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz Tests Positive for COVID-19: 'Take It Seriously' 

Hillsong Church NYC pastor Carl Lentz is urging people to take the coronavirus pandemic seriously after testing positive for COVID-19 himself.
Lentz confirmed his diagnosis Tuesday (March 24) to Religion News Service. He'd first announced it Monday night in an Instagram Live video that is no longer available.
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Posted by Azania Phillips Thursday, March 26, 2020 10:54:00 AM

Digital Ministry Sees Rise In Conversions and Questions About Faith Amid Covid-19 

 Global Media Outreach, a digital ministry that specializes in online evangelism, has seen an unprecedented rise in conversions and inquiries about faith, God and the Bible due to heightened anxiety and fear levels associated with the coronavirus. 
In a statement made available to The Christian Post, Global Media Outreach Founder and Chairman Walt Wilson revealed that Google searches about fears around the virus, uncertain finances, and employment are “growing rapidly.”
“Fear is a natural response to a situation like this that none of us have encountered before,” he said. “What we’re seeing is millions of people open to talking about faith in the face of fear, and we’re ramping up to be available for them."
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Posted by Azania Phillips Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:48:00 AM

Tyler Perry Enlists Celebrities For 'He's Got The Whole World In His Hands' Challenge 

Among the slew of challenges circulating the Web during the global pandemic due to the coronavirus is one by filmmaker and comedian Tyler Perry called “He's Got the Whole World,” aimed at spreading hope.
The challenge from Perry currently has over 1 million views on Instagram and hundreds of thousands of people have participated. He said he wanted to start something to make everyone “feel better,” then began to sing the traditional African-American song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and challenged others to add to it.
“It’s my hope that we add to this simple song in every language from every nation as we let it become a prayer for our whole world! God bless you today,” Perry captioned his video.
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Posted by Azania Phillips Tuesday, March 24, 2020 10:08:00 AM

Justin Bieber Jams and Hosts a Church Service in Isolation 

It's business as usual for Justin Bieber, even while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
Based on what the singer shared on social media last weekend, he's spending time recording while staying isolated at home. He's also keeping up with going to church remotely.
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Posted by Azania Phillips Monday, March 23, 2020 8:20:00 AM

Restoration in the Face of the Coronavirus: An Open Letter From Lecrae 

During the months of January and February, I paid loose attention to the news. I heard about a virus in China and assumed it was like the viral outbreaks we’ve seen in the past, like MERS, SARS, and Ebola. All of them had little effect on my day-to-day life outside of praying for those affected and following the news reports. 
By the first week of March, I realized that COVID-19 was something different. Friends reached out asking me if I heard about coronavirus and the havoc it caused in China and now other parts of the world. Like many of us, I thought, “Sure, but it’s not that big of a deal though. It’ll pass.” Except it was a big deal, and I had no idea it would become a global pandemic of this proportion. I hadn’t kept up with all the warnings and updates. I was in my own world, preparing for the release of my ninth album, getting final features from A-list artists, planning a book tour, and engrossed in my own ecosystem.  
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Posted by Azania Phillips Friday, March 20, 2020 12:27:00 PM

Judge Reverses Christian Rapper’s $2.8 Million Verdict Against Katy Perry 

Katy Perry won a legal victory in court after a California judge reversed a $2.8 million copyright infringement judgment filed against the pop star by Christian rapper Flame, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the decision, handed down on Tuesday (March 17), U.S. Court District Judge Christina Snyder concluded that plaintiff Marcus Gray failed to prove that Perry copied his song “Joyful Noise” for her 2013 single “Dark Horse.”
In order to prove infringement “a plaintiff must establish ownership of a valid copyright and copying of constituent elements of the work that are original,” the legal decision states.
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Posted by Azania Phillips Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:07:00 AM

BARNA Study: Millennials Most Likely To Fact Check Sermons 

Millennial-aged Christians are more likely than older generations to fact-check sermons while they are being preached, according to a new report by the Barna Group.
In a report titled “Do Americans Replace Traditional Church with Digital Faith Expressions?” that was released last week, Barna analyzed what American Christians do during a sermon.
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Posted by Azania Phillips Thursday, March 19, 2020 8:10:00 AM

Christian Film 'I Still Believe' Hits No. 2 At Box Office Opening Weekend 

Christian romance film "I Still Believe" landed the No. 2 spot in the box office opening weekend, March 13-15. For debuting films, it was No. 1. 
The film made $9.5 million, coming behind Disney's "Onward" at $60.3 million, Deadline reports. Movie theater attendance hit a 40-year low this weekend as 109 theaters closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to IndieWire.
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Posted by Azania Phillips Wednesday, March 18, 2020 10:24:00 AM

Slew of Churches, Conferences, Christian Concerts Canceling Events Due to COVID-19 

Upon communicating with local health officials and heeding advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many churches and Christian concerts have made the difficult decision of canceling events until further notice. See below for a roundup.
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Posted by Azania Phillips Monday, March 16, 2020 8:17:00 AM

Churches Closing Across U.S. Due to Coronavirus Pandemic 

Churches across the U.S. are closing their doors as the coronavirus continues to spread. Meanwhile, many ministries are calling for fasting and prayer to end the virus.
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Posted by Azania Phillips Friday, March 13, 2020 1:35:00 PM

Evander Holyfield Talks Faith and Forgiving Mike Tyson for the Famous Ear-Biting Incident 

 Four-time world heavyweight champion boxer, Evander Holyfield, has opened up about how his faith in Jesus Christ helped him overcome a number of struggles over the course of his life.
Still the only man to have won the undisputed championship in two weight classes, Holyfield eventually garnered the nickname “The Real Deal.” But things haven’t always been plain sailing for the athlete.
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Posted by Azania Phillips Tuesday, March 10, 2020 8:09:00 AM

Faith-Based Streaming Service Moving Out of Bankruptcy After Copyright Lawsuit 

VidAngel announced yesterday, March 5, that due to "rapid growth over the last year," VidAngel Trustee George Hofmann has filed a plan of reorganization. The plan outlines a strategy so that VidAngel can move out of bankruptcy.
The strategy includes a 14-year payoff of $62 million to companies that won a copyright lawsuit in June 2019, according to DeseretNews.
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Posted by Azania Phillips Monday, March 9, 2020 9:19:00 AM
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