An Indiana commissioner remains resolute about a nativity display remaining in front of a Franklin County Courthouse despite complaints by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
Franklin County Commissioner Tom Wilson said he will not take down the 50-year-old manger scene on the courthouse lawn until a court orders him to do so.
The life-size nativity scene is owned by the town of Brookville and was arranged around the flagpole by local firefighters. Last month, the FFRF, a Wisconsin-based free-thinking group, demanded that the scene be removed from government property. more >>
Outreach in the electronic world is needed as people become increasingly dependent on technology to communicate, said Christian thinkers at a conference focused on the subject this week.
While the good news should never change, methodologies used to communicate the message must change with the times, agreed attendees of the Great Commission Research Network’s annual conference, which concluded Thursday. The conference, titled “Outreach in an eWorld,” focused on how the average, local church can use the electronic medium to share the Good News.
“The electronic medium is becoming a more powerful tool for good or for bad,” said Bob Whitesel, president of the Great Commission Research Network, to The Christian Post Thursday. “And the Church needs to know how to wield it for good and it needs to know how to take a stand against the bad.” more >>
The contemporary church growth model can only reach a maximum of 40 percent of the American population, said a leading thinker in the missional movement on Thursday.
This is a problem because 95 percent of American churches are using a model that even if successful will reach less than half the population, said Alan Hirsch, an internationally recognized missiologist and founding director of Forge Mission Training Network. He spoke at “The Genius of And” conference, hosted by Granger Community Church in Granger, Ind.
Most churches target the 40 percent of the population that’s within the cultural distance of the church, he explained. Meanwhile, attractional churches that have more of an external focus and cultural relevance will, again, only work for 40 percent of the American population. And after a few years of coming to Christ, most people are socialized out of their context and into the context of the church, which removes them from their sphere of influence. more >>
If you live in America, you’ve more than likely heard of “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”
Less likely is the chance that you’ve heard of “Jim & P.J. Plus 8” (for one, because there is no such reality TV show).
While notably less dramatic than the Gosselins, however, the Jonases of Charleston, Ind., would provide an interesting story. more >>
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has issued a new legal bulletin, advising officers not to prohibit street preaching or the distribution of leaflets.
The mission statement of the IMPD "demonstrates commitment to the enforcement of laws while respecting individual rights," the bulletin reads. "Those individual rights include the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which allows citizens to express their views and beliefs in public forums – including public sidewalks, pubic parks and streets. This may take the form of speech, passing out leaflets and carrying signs, among other activities."
Liberty Counsel had negotiated the language of the police department's legal bulletin. The Christian legal firm was aiming to clarify the free speech rights of street evangelists after a group of Christians were being regularly stopped by law enforcement. more >>
An international missionary-sending organization founded by missionaries to China is celebrating its 100th anniversary this week.
World Gospel Mission, with staff now serving in more than 17 countries on six continents, began its four-day celebration on Thursday at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind. Attendees include missionaries from around the world, international guests, supporters, as well as representatives from China who came to know Christ through the group’s early missionaries.
The focus during the centennial anniversary gathering will be supporting a new generation of international missionaries. more >>