Pastors, by and large, are beginning to catch on. To reach the current culture, which is shaped in large part by its technology, we have to go digital.
This is nothing new. To reach 17th and 18th century people, you needed to use a printing press. To reach the culture of the 20th century, you needed to utilize mass media such as radio, television, or direct mail and advertising. And to reach people today, you use social networking.
But we still have a partly legitimate fear about using social technologies too heavily. We fear we will lose our edge when it comes to "real life," face-to-face relational ministry. We fear that we'll neglect those who don't use or like smart phones, that our relationships will become shallow, and that in our effort to "keep up" with the latest technologies, we'll drift from our long-held traditions and theological moorings. more >>
A veterans organization has called for a congressional hearing on certain activities at the Department of Veterans Affairs, alleging that the government entity is violating religious freedom.
The Louisiana-based group Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc. sent a letter last week to Congressman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), who chairs the Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Written by retired Navy Commander and Executive Director of Military-Veterans Advocacy J. B. Wells, the letter says that "the curtailment of religious freedom is widespread within the Department." more >>
Seattle-based megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll once again lit up the Twitter-sphere, especially within the communities of his faithful detractors and social media-minded Christians who took his recent tweet about hell as perfect reason to join the fray.
"If you are not a Christian, you are going to hell. It's not unloving to say that. It's unloving to not say that," Driscoll, the unashamedly controversy-prone pastor, tweeted last Friday.
Among the hundreds if not thousands of responses to his tweet, someone with the Twitter username "@almightygod" tweeted: .@PastorMark Isn't threatening non-Christians with hell sort of like threatening adults with coal in their xmas stocking? more >>
Evangelist Benny Hinn has cancelled his trip to Bangalore, India where he was to participate in a prayer conference this week. The cancellation, reportedly due to a "visa problem," comes amid protests among Hindu groups who were concerned about Hinn converting their countrymen to Christianity.
Kamal Panth, the Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), revealed to the press on Tuesday that organizers of the Christian Prayer Conference had informed the authorities that Hinn's visit had been cancelled.
"Earlier organizers had said he will be coming; recently they have sent us a letter with names of pastors attending, which does not mention his name — so they have said he is not coming," Panth was quoted as saying. more >>
NEW YORK — A Baptist evangelist and a member of the Louis Farrakhan-led Nation of Islam yelled their respective versions of "the truth" over the din of screeching trains for the attention of weary commuters streaming through one of New York City's busiest subway stations one recent evening, all while a nearby and noticeably less rowdy group of Jehovah's Witnesses quietly replenished their table with more printed copies of their sect's beliefs.
Brother Shawn, as the Baptist evangelist called himself, weaved his way through the incessant wave of bodies at the Atlantic Terminal in the borough of Brooklyn where commuters can connect to several subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, or do some shopping and casual dining in the above-ground mall. It was Friday after 6 p.m., the end of the work week, and people were moving however fast their legs would carry them to get wherever they had to go.
There was cacophony of metal against metal, automated announcements, the buzz of conversations, and outbursts from the National of Islam Muslim making a pitch for his newspapers, while Brother Shawn yelled about "Jesus' shed blood" and who was destined for heaven and hell. more >>
In a sermon on Sunday, Indiana pastor Steve Poe reminded his congregation that all resources—whether they were time, energy or money—were gifts from God that he had entrusted to humans, before the ushers handed church attendees envelopes filled with $10 to $50 in cash.
Northview Church, in Carmel, Ind., gave away $83,000 to its congregation, a gift that its lead pastor said came with no restrictions or strings attached to it.
"I don't care what you do with it," Poe told RTV6. "I don't care if you give it back to us, or to a homeless person. I don't care what you do with it, as long as you feel like you heard from God on what to do with it." more >>