A pastor in Lubbock, Texas is currently raising money for an app that he believes can change the way people participate in prayer.
Logan Fields, the 25-year-old youth pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas, is currently in the fundraising stages of his new smartphone application, "Prayer Button," that enables people to pray together remotely. The user can join as many "prayer meetings" as they wish, and the app calculates how many minutes each user participates in a prayer. The amount of minutes each user prays is then added to reveal a total for each prayer group.
Fields told the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal that showing the number of minutes spent in prayer gives the user confidence to pray more, in a similar way that the amount of "likes" on a Facebook status gives the user confidence to express themselves more. more >>
An editor for The Washington Post's religion section claimed that Christians were behind the majority of nasty and vile feedback she had received throughout her career in an op-ed Thursday.
Sally Quinn, the moderator of the religion website On Faith, which spun off from The Washington Post last year, described the earliest "hate emails" she had "did not just attack what I wrote ... but were also vicious ad hominem attacks."
"I can't tell you how many people wrote in to say that I was a whore and a slut and so much worse that I can't even write it here. And these all came from Christians," wrote Quinn. "I was going to hell. I had made a pact with the devil. Jesus and God hated me. One man wrote that he hoped I would get in a car accident, that the gas tank would explode and I would be burned alive. He was a God-fearing Christian, and he ascertained that I obviously was not one." more >>
Social media websites in general and Facebook in particular may be linked to an increased likelihood of divorce, claims a recently released study.
"Results show that using social networking sites negatively correlated with marriage quality and happiness, and positively correlated with experiencing a troubled relationship and thinking about divorce."
Published in the July 2014 edition of Computers in Human Behavior, researchers from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile's School of Communications and Boston University's College of Communication have claimed a link between Facebook and divorce. more >>
Recently, an ambassador for the United States was sworn in on a Kindle version of the Holy Bible, prompting some to question if that was an acceptable decision.
Suzi Levine, U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, was sworn in last month on a Kindle due to there not being a paper Bible immediately available.
G. Brooke Lester, assistant professor in Hebrew Bible and director for Emerging Pedagogies at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, told The Christian Post that a swearing-in ceremony may prompt a question of symbolism. more >>
Two Christian-based organizations committed to using the latest technology as a way to encourage believers to share their faith online announced plans for Social Media Day this Monday (June 30).
Reach Beyond (www.reachbeyond.org) and Global Mapping International (www.gmi.org) are partnering to celebrate the day, launched by Mashable in 2010. According to Internet World Stats, more than 2.4 billion people around the world use the Internet – one-third of the global population. In the last several years alone, the growth of social media has made it possible for people from all walks of life to communicate in unique, personal and effective ways, organizers said.
"The Internet — and specifically social media — connects millions of people each day," said Wayne Pederson, president and CEO of Reach Beyond. "Even in the most isolated areas of the globe, there are people online. During Social Media week, we want to encourage followers of Jesus to use all means necessary to give evangelism a powerful jolt. Our partnership with GMI helps more people engage with this important content and be inspired to reach out and share their faith." more >>
In a scientific breakthrough seen as a ray of hope for stroke and brain injury victims, a paralyzed man was able to use his thoughts to move his hand and fingers through the use of a device called Neurobridge, which was developed in a partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle.
Neurobridge, according to a release from OSU, is "an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb."
Ian Burkhart, 23, a quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, was the first of a possible five participants to test the technology in a clinical student. more >>