Most Americans prefer to attend a church where a pastor appears in person to preach rather than watching an Internet livestream or video of the sermon, despite the large number of multisite congregations that make practical use of the technological approach, according to a recent study by LifeWay Research.
The report revealed that 65 percent of Americans said they would choose a live, in-person sermon rather than a video teaching. Less than one percent said they would prefer video. The additional 30 percent surveyed reported that they had no preference and the remaining 5 percent said they didn't know.
"I don't think anyone gets up on a Sunday morning saying, 'Boy, I'd really like to watch a video sermon,'" said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, in an article at BaptistStandard.com. "But the fact that many churches utilize video sermons means other factors such as relationships, preaching approach, music, relevance and location can be more important." more >>
The Samsung Galaxy S5 release date will land around this year's Mobile World Congress 2014, according to recent reports. The device is expected to be unveiled around the time of the technology conference, according to a statement made by Samsung's Vice President and Head of Design Strategy Doog-hoon Chang.
MWC normally takes place in Feb. which means the Galaxy S5 unveiling could be just around the corner. Those expecting the smartphone to debut at CES will be a bit disappointed with the news.
Doog-hoon also revealed that a new material is being considered for the Galaxy S5 and did not confirm what it was. more >>
Massachusetts and Vermont have suspended payments to CGI Group, the same contractor behind Healthcare.gov. A policy expert argues that CGI's failures are due to the complexity of the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare."
"The problem is the complexity of the laws," Ed Haislmaier, senior research fellow for Health Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation, told The Christian Post in an interview Friday. Haislmaier argued that Obamacare required excessive regulation for the subsidies, causing the famous Healthcare.gov backup and the state backups as well.
The scholar turned to Massachusetts as a prime example. "Massachusetts has been running a similar program for subsidizing people to buy coverage since 2007," and this program was "politically in sync with the administration." Nevertheless, the state's exchange allegedly experiences so many problems that it has decided to publicly reprimand CGI, withdrawing money from the company. more >>
Social network giant Twitter has reportedly blocked users from tweeting the phrase "iStandWithPhil.com," a hashtag representing the petition drive to have Phil Robertson reinstated to A&E's "Duck Dynasty" reality show. Robertson was indefinitely suspended from the show last week after he described homosexuality as a sin in an interview with GQ Magazine.
Faith Driven Consumer, an organization that connects Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies, announced Monday that Twitter has reportedly blocked use of the "iStandWithPhil.com" hashtag, and implores all followers of the petition to contact Twitter's customer support account to have the phrase reinstated to the social media network.
Since the Twitter campaign for Robertson was started four days ago, it has garnered nearly 200,000 supporters. more >>
Samsung released a new ad for the Galaxy Note 3 this week that features the device in a Christmas-themed setting.
Instead of talking about how powerful or great the device is, Samsung chooses to focus its "Holiday Reflections" gimmick that sees the Note 3 bringing life and existence to certain situations in this small snowy town.
The theme basically shows reflections coming off the handset which has been laid flat on the ground. People appear in these reflections performing various holiday activities such as chopping down Christmas trees, caroling, ice skating, decorating, having snowball fights and kissing under the mistletoe. It ends with a holiday greeting. See it here. more >>
The PS4 is back in stock on Amazon.com and will probably only be available for a limited time.
Those interested in purchasing the gaming console should act fast. There are various bundles available through the online retailer including the Battlefield 4 and PS Plus Launch, DS4, Killzone and PS Plus Launch, Knack Launch Bundle and the regular bundle. The only one confirmed to be in stock today is the Killzone and PS Plus Launch version which retails for $509.97 on the site. The other bundles will be in stock between Dec. 27-28.
The PlayStation 4 gaming console launched earlier this year sold 1 million units just 24 hours after its release in the U.S. and Canada. more >>