Global Media Outreach, a web-based evangelical ministry, has presented the Gospel to one billion individuals through their network of websites, officials announced this week.
Ministry leaders now want to reach well beyond one billion by way of Internet, mobile devices and social media. Just a decade ago, when Global Media Outreach began, the organization witnessed more than 20,000 individuals commit their lives to Christ.
"With 91 percent of humans living within range of a cell tower, the majority of seekers come to our sites from their cell phones. We see technology moving so rapidly and so dramatically across the earth, we know God Himself is making this possible," stated Walt Wilson, founder and chairman of GMO. 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 >>
NASHVILLE—A panel discussing homosexuality at the Southern-Baptist affiliated Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission created a stir on social media Monday night, after pastor J.D. Greear compared resisting gay marriage in the church to resisting slavery in the South in the 1860s.
"Preaching against homosexuality in our day is about as popular as preaching against slavery and racism in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1861," said Greear at the ERLC summit. "And back then, I'm sure the politically correct people were like, 'You're just creating a lot of waves that are unnecessary, just preach the Gospel.'"
"Oh man. Southern Baptists comparing their fight against marriage equality to the abolition movement. So ironic," tweeted Christian writer Rachel Held Evans. more >>
People in North and South America who stayed up between 2 and 4:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday morning were able to catch the best view of the "blood moon" lunar-eclipse. Those who missed it will have another opportunity in the near future.
"The fact that there are four lunar successions coming this year and next ... is unusual," said Ed Krupp, director of the Griffith Observatory in L.A., which attracted thousands of onlookers, CNN reported. He said that the event, in which the moon adopts a "typical copper red," is rare and helps draw crowds.
"But it's not the kind of thing astronomers get worked up about. It doesn't really mean anything. It's a chance arrangement of gravity and the motions of objects in the solar system, primarily the Earth and moon." more >>
A Christian blogger has argued that a recent study showing an inverse correlation between Internet access and faith, might be due to prevalence and accessibility to pornography.
In a report released last Friday, computer scientist Allen Downey of Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts found with the numbers of non-religiously affiliated Americans jumping from 8 to 18 percent from 1990 to 2010, the prevalence of Internet use has also increased from essentially zero to nearly 80 percent.
Downey's study suggested that increases in Internet use accounted for about 20 percent of the observed decrease in affiliation. more >>