NASHVILLE – Q Ideas head Gabe Lyons recently found himself pondering why his group's conferences with the one-letter name still boast an enigmatic identity.
"When I've had to quickly explain Q, I've described it as 'a convening of capable Christian leaders intent on learning and collaborating toward what the Church's future role in society ought to be," Lyons wrote earlier this month. "On cue, people's eyes glaze over.
"At other times I've tried to distinguish by what describing what it's not: 'The event for leaders who hate going to events,'" the author of The Next Christians, continued. more >>
With the recent release of the Bible App 5 that has already been installed, beginning with the original application, on 136 million devices, it's clear that its maker, YouVersion, remains on track to engage more people with the Bible than ever before. The updated app lets people share Scripture with friends in an online community.
"For the last five and a half years the features we've had inside the app have been primarily to help someone individually connect with the Bible," Bobby Gruenewald, innovation pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma, told The Christian Post recently. "This new release, the Bible App 5, actually introduces a new set of features that allow you to form relationships with people that you know and trust, and then have conversation about Scripture and the activity that you are doing with the Bible with those people.
"It really moves it from being just an individual experience to giving people the opportunity to experience it with others. We think it is a really important step forward in engagement and understanding of Scripture," Gruenewald said. more >>
A group of New Jersey churches held a Stations of the Cross procession with each stop being put at a scene of a violent crime.
Last week, the churches held the processional with about 80 people participating in Jersey City on Good Friday.
Grace Church Rector the Rev. Laurie Wurm told The Christian Post that a major reason for the procession was the parallel drawn between the condition of the streets of Jersey City and the passion of Good Friday. more >>
The Obama administration has stated that they will not take a position on the White House website petition calling for the deportation of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.
After several weeks of waiting, the White House finally released an official response on Easter weekend to the petition, which had garnered more than 278,000 signatures.
The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a PAC seeking to draft retired neurosurgeon and conservative darling Dr. Benjamin Carson into the 2016 presidential race, raised more money than all prospective GOP candidates and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the last three months.
Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show that the Ben Carson PAC raised $2.4 million beating out the more prominent political figures despite Carson's lack of political experience, according to TIME.
John Philip Sousa IV, a descendant of the "Stars and Stripes Forever" composer who serves as the PAC's chairman, told Newsmax that the money is an indication that conservative voters are looking beyond the beaten path for a presidential candidate. more >>
Bill Gothard, an influential conservative Christian leader in the homeschooling movement, has released a statement denying allegations that he sexually harassed women and teen girls. He insists in the statement that his behavior toward those whom he favored, such as holding hands or touching the feet or hair of young ladies, was never carried out "immorally or with sexual intent."
In his statement publicized via his Twitter account Thursday night, Gothard addressed ways in which he believes he failed in his leadership of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, which he quit last month more than 50 years after founding the nonprofit organization.
"For many years I have been building the Institute but losing my first love for the Lord," Gothard, 79, writes in the statement, which appears in full at the end of this report. more >>