On a tiny exotic island just off the coast of Papua New Guinea, the Patpatar people are reading and understanding Scripture that's in their heart language as the result of the completion by a Bible translation team of the New Testament, Wycliffe Associates announced this week. A training facility for translators is growing as well.
Bible translators Ed and Debi Condra, along with their Bible translation team, were such an encouragement to the Patpatar churches that they created the New Ireland Translation Institute (NITI) to provide quality training to those nationals who want to become Bible translators.
"What God had established here was the potential for a rustic yet cutting-edge, dream-come-true translation center—where native speakers would be trained to be quality translators," Wycliffe officials state. "A place where the nationals would also lead, coordinate, and conduct the translation of the Scriptures into their own mother-tongues. Here everyone works together on 15 language projects simultaneously—thus impacting an entire region with the power of God's Word." more >>
Two weeks after a California church's pastors were shot at while sitting in the church parking, a staff member informed the Christian Post that the congregation is seeking to expand it's gang ministry to reach even more troubled men in their San Diego community.
The attack occurred December 28. That Sunday night Greater Apostolic Faith Temple Church's lead pastor Dwayne Shepherd and another minister with the last name Profit were inside a parked car just outside the church when an unknown gunman fired four shots into the car window at close range.
Both men scrambled out of the passenger's side door as soon as the firing began and took cover in the church basement. Fortunately neither suffered life-threatening injuries: Shepherd, who was seated on the passenger side, was wounded when took a bullet grazed his chest and entered his arm. The other pastor escaped unharmed. more >>
Editor's Note: This Q&A with Dr. Aaron Tabor is related to an in-depth article about his Jesus Daily Facebook page and website. Read it here: Texas Doctor Behind 'Jesus Daily' Facebook Page Says Christ 'Was Master of the Viral Message'; Lauds Network for Creating Longest 'Roman Road'
The Texas doctor and son of an Independent Baptist preacher who created one of Facebook's most-active fan pages dedicated to promoting Christian messages and encouraging the faithful worldwide has described his life as falling into two compartments: Jesus and drugs.
Aaron Tabor, 44, emphasized to CP when he noted that he divides his life between Jesus and drugs that he wasn't referencing the Jesus Movement and the experimental drug craze that marked the 1960s. more >>
A pastor with the United Methodist Church has put together a one-woman performance meant to showcase a comedic side to the stories of the Good Book.
Known as the "Bible Cabaret," the production was put together by the "Irreverent Reverend" Jane Voigts, who has a professional comedy background.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Voigts explained that the inspiration for the "Bible Cabaret" came via a friend's suggestion. more >>
Editor's Note: This feature on Jesus Daily is related to a Q&A with the founder of the Facebook page, Dr. Aaron Tabor. Read it here: Christian Doctor Behind Facebook's Most Popular Religious Page Divides His Life Between 'Jesus and Drugs'
The uber popular Jesus Daily Facebook page has more than 27 million "likes" and attracts thousands of new followers from around the world every day. What's the magic behind its growth? One could point to the viral posts of videos of "adorable" babies and pets, personal affirmations, and Bible quotes (sometimes accompanied by haunting images of Robert Powell à la 1977's Jesus of Nazareth). But, according to the doctor who founded Facebook's most-engaged religious page, its ballooning growth and global reach essentially come down to good old fashioned mathematics, specifically probability and statistics.
"A lot of those techniques I learned in the medical research field, I simply applied to the Jesus Daily page, in terms of, for example, testing different times of day of posting Christ facing this way versus that way, etcetera and on and on. I treated the page as I would a medical clinical trial. I think what we learned from that has really been priceless in terms of keeping our engagement high in order to continue to spread the Gospel," said Dr. Aaron Tabor. more >>
LOS ANGELES – Organizers of a three-day conference plan to host leading pastors, ministry and community leaders, including Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York, as they discuss what it means to embrace Los Angeles and help meet its needs.
Keller, seen in a video on the "Together LA" website, says, "We're bringing Christian leaders together from all over Los Angeles to ask and answer one question: What does it mean to love your city?"
The event, scheduled for February 26-28, will include ministry practitioners presenting interactive sessions that "engage the realities of loving our city," organizers announced on Friday. Workshops and panel discussions will cover topics such as mercy ministry, systemic injustice, ethnic and class conflict, faith and work, social and culture changes and challenges, church health and church collaborations. more >>