Millennials gravitate toward classic, quiet church spaces that feel authentic and provide a break from the busyness of a fast-paced, technological world, revealed a study commissioned by church architectural firms.
Online surveys administered to 843 young adults ages 18 to 29 by Christian research firm Barna Group and Cornerstone Knowledge Network, the market research organization created by church design firms Aspen Group and Cogun, found 67 percent chose the word "classic" to describe their ideal church. By contrast, 33 percent prefer a trendy church as their ideal.
"They don't want something created artificially for them; they don't want a bait and switch. What they want is something deeper and more authentic," Aspen Group AIA Architect Derek Degroot said of the survey results. more >>
Kirk Cameron recorded a special message for women and mothers as the holiday season approaches, encouraging them to protect their joy at all costs; he released the video on Wednesday.
"Calling all moms, wives, and keepers of your home, I made this video for you, to remind you of how irreplaceable you are to your family this Christmas," Cameron said in the video posted to his social media. "If you are a mom, if you are a wife, if you're the keeper of your home, I want you to know that your joy is so important this Christmas."
Cameron has a new film, "Saving Christmas," that will hit select theaters on Friday for two weeks only. The film is the former "Growing Pains" star's attempt to explain Christmas traditions and infuse religion into a holiday he sees as becoming increasingly secular. Cameron is a passionate evangelical Christian who often uses media as a means to express his views on marriage, love, Christianity, and now, Christmas. more >>
The hugely popular YouVersion Bible App recently hit the 1,000 mark in terms of number of Bible translations, with over 700 languages available, and creator Bobby Gruenewald said he hopes the milestone will help draw attention to the amount of dedication and effort it takes to translate the Bible into native languages.
"One of the things I'm excited about in celebrating this milestone of 1,000 versions is that for a lot of people it's going to bring an awareness to the translation effort that's underway by a number of partners, including Wycliffe and the Bible Society, and various other translation groups that are making Bible text available to the Bible App," Gruenewald, the Innovation Pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma, told The Christian Post.
"What I did not appreciate or fully understand when we first started the process was that each of these translations that are done, they often times take decades to complete. It involves people that have invested, in some cases, their entire ministry life working on developing a translation for a new language." more >>
An estimated 5.8 billion people now have all or some of the Holy Bible translated into their first language, and the Bible is now in more than 2,800 different languages, according to a recent announcement by Wycliffe Bible Translators USA.
"Last year, Wycliffe Global Alliance reported that 4.9 billion people could access at least part of the Bible in their first language. This year the number has grown to 5.8 billion," Bob Creson, president and CEO of Wycliffe, told The Christian Post. "This represents tremendous progress toward our goal of starting a translation project in every language needing one by 2025."
Creson also told CP that technological advances in areas like translation are "a critical role in speeding up the translation process." more >>
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/Conela and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem have formed a partnership to advance and deepen Hispanic Christian engagement with the state and people of Israel, the organizations announced Monday.
This cooperative effort will focus on the ICEJ's annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem, which serves as the official and exclusive gathering for Hispanic Evangelicals to make pilgrimage to Israel each year and to express in person their support for the Jewish nation and people.
"Our objective is to exponentially increase Hispanic participation and attendance at the annual Feast of Tabernacles, held each fall in Jerusalem under the sponsorship of the Christian Embassy," said Samuel Rodriguez, president of the NHCLC/Conela. "We will encourage all followers of Christ in the Latino world to come to Jerusalem at this divinely appointed time, to see the biblical sites, stand in solidarity with Israel, and take part in this dynamic worship experience with believers from all over the world." more >>
Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church recently shared that he believes that Christians for too long have been putting unnecessary focus on telling people what not to do instead of simply asking people to "follow Jesus" in order to make disciples.
Noble, claiming that tax collectors and sinners were viewed as "scum of the earth" in first century Palestine during Jesus' time, insisted that still today, "All of us, whether we want to admit it or not, we have certain categories that we label people in, as far as sinners."
The founding and senior pastor of the multi-campus NewSpring Church in South Carolina spoke on the topic of Christian Civility for The Nines 2014 online conference last week, which was themed "Culture Clash: When Church and Culture Collide." more >>