Weekend Edition—July 22, 2016
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In his 1985 polemical book, Amusing Ourselves to Death, Neil Postman predicted that television, by replacing a word-based culture with an image-based culture, would bring the end of
Teens Read Bible More During the School Year
The latest study from Barna also shows how many teens think the Bible offers hope, and whether their house rules are influenced by Scripture.
Half of practicing Protestant teens have watched a Bible-themed television show in the past year (51%); even more have seen a Christian movie (78%).
Trends in Church Architecture, Part 2
Larger churches building smaller buildings with community areas are a growing trend.
I think so. Small is the New Big, for Larger Churches. In the past, people thought about church buildings like television manufacturers today think of TVs—make them as big as possible.
Died: Jan Crouch, Cofounder of Trinity Broadcasting Network
The 78-year-old started the world’s largest religious cable network with her husband.
a-thons.” TBN broadcasts messages from preachers such as Joel Osteen, TD Jakes, and Benny Hinn around the world via 78 satellites and more than 18,000 television and cable
Engaging the Elections at Church
How to pastor your congregation during the campaign season.
With billions of dollars spent on presidential campaigns every four years, it is almost impossible for anyone who has a radio, television, computer or smart phone to ignore the barrage of
The Future of the Church Is Analog, Not Digital
New communications technology lets us preach to millions. It’s time to unplug most of it.
popular. He created a television version and a film production company in 1951, when most conservative Christians were still skeptical of both media.
Died: Tim LaHaye, Author Who 'Left Behind' a Long Legacy
Jerry B. Jenkins: 'Thrilled as I am that he is where he has always wanted to be, his departure leaves a void in my soul.'
If Tim was missing from the autograph table or the green room of a network television show, he was likely in a corner praying with someone he'd just met—from a reader to a part-time
Orthodox Will Hold Humbled Yet Historic Council in Crete
Patriarchs disagree over how many disputes—out of centuries' worth—to tackle in 10 days.
attend. “We do not believe that the whole idea of the council should be abandoned,” Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion said on Russian television.
China Frees Lawyer Who Defended 100 Church Crosses
Zhang Kai gave what advocates deem a forced confession on state TV last month.
On February 25, he appeared on state television stating a “confession” that he had disrupted social order and endangering state security. Many believe the confession was coerced.
Died: Don McClanen, Founder of Fellowship of Christian Athletes
(UPDATED) Vision of Oklahoma basketball coach 60 years ago now reaches 2 million annually.
Soon, he was dreaming of a way for well-known Christian athletes to advertise their faith on television and in magazines the way they advertised other household products.
Televangelist Royalties Harder to Split Than Baby by Solomon
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Benny Hinn contest with Coral Ridge and Crystal Cathedral for cash.
Distributing the royalties from religious television broadcasts is more complicated than two mothers arguing over their baby in Solomon's court, a federal court ruled last month.
Kenya Puts Rules to Rein In Prosperity Preachers on Pause
Widespread protests prompt president to send proposed regulations back to the drawing board.
organizations. In December, the nation's Communication Authority announced that preachers may no longer solicit donations on radio or television. The
Five Mistakes Pastors Make On Social Media
Social media professional Marty Duren shares five of the most common mistakes pastors make regarding social media.
political debates. Sporting events, broadcast television shows, and political programming all use hashtags to create community around the event. People