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July 30, 2014
“Beasts from the East”

Fairfax, VA (For Immediate Release) -- Eastern Christian Publications announces the publication of a series of original Catholic devotionals entitled The Blessed Book of Beasts, written by Jonathan Scott.  Featuring virtually every animal named in the Bible, it uses classical literary forms from the Middle Ages, and is designed to delight the imagination and lead the heart towards devotion.

The books have been written for families– children, parents, grandparents – and feature over 100 classical engravings. The late Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who had the opportunity to view early drafts of the work, described the books as “an answered prayer to all who believe.”

A Bestiary is a literary collection of animals, each one of which conveys a moral lesson about goodness. The first known Bestiary was written by an unknown author in the first century. In the Bible, God uses animals to help teach wisdom. We immediately think of the talking donkey in the Book of Numbers who prods the prophet Balaam towards the path of God. The writer of the Book of Proverbs, as well, describes several animals as being exceedingly wise. READ MORE...



July 30, 2014
Faith groups join call for an arms embargo on Israel

For immediate release – July 30, 2014 – It is with heavy hearts that we compose this statement.  At the time of this writing, the Israeli military’s ground, naval, and aerial bombardment of Gaza has killed more than 1,280 Palestinians.  The vast majority of these victims were civilians, according to the United Nations.  Palestinian rockets and anti-tank fire have killed two Israeli civilians, one Thai migrant worker, and 53 Israeli soldiers (one Israeli soldier has been reported as “missing” by Israel and “captured” by Hamas).

We deplore and condemn the use of violence by anyone, anytime, anywhere. For, each of these casualties is a child of God; each has a name; each has a family; each has a life story that has come to an abrupt and tragic end.

These deaths do not occur in a vacuum.  The current onslaught takes place within the context of a seven-year old Israeli and Egyptian imposed blockade of Gaza and forty-seven year old Israeli occupation of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza. READ MORE ...



July 30, 2014
BCWI Announces 2014 Best Christian Workplaces

Mercer Island, WA – The 2014 Best Christian Workplaces rely on inspirational work and effective communication to create a flourishing culture that meets the needs of those they serve. Best Christian Workplaces Institute announces that 76 distinguished organizations have earned Certification as Best Christian Workplaces for 2014. Each year since 2003, BCWI has identified the list of Certified Best Christian Workplaces. This year is the largest participation level since the inception of the program.

Certified Best Christian Workplaces are global and represent all facets of ministries from churches, schools to universities, parachurch missions to product and services, book publishers to radio stations. These Certified organizations exceed the percentage of engaged employees vs. norms. READ MORE...



July 29, 2014
Kendrick Brothers Wrap Filming On Anticipated Fifth Movie

Faith Film From Creators of COURAGEOUS Highlights Power of Prayer, a Regular Practice for Nine of 10 Americans


CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alex and Stephen Kendrick—creators of hit faith films FIREPROOF and COURAGEOUS—have just wrapped principal photography on their anticipated fifth movie—a family drama with humor and heart focused on the power of prayer and its primary role in the Christian life.

“We made this film to inspire, challenge and motivate families to fight the right kind of battles and to fight them the best way possible,” said Director and Co-Writer Alex Kendrick. “We have plans for everything—careers, finances, health. But what about a strategy for prayer for our lives, our spouses and our children?”

The Kendricks’ fifth film is their first project independent of Sherwood Pictures, the movie ministry of Sherwood Baptist Church. Pre-production began in 2013 with the blessing and support of the Sherwood family, where they remain associate pastors. READ MORE...


 


July 25, 2014
Christian Feminism Today celebrates 40 years

One of the first evangelical groups to support gay rights

In 1974, during a conference of Evangelicals for Social Action, a group of women formed a caucus to show that gender equality in church, home, and society is a justice issue.

Their approach became known as biblical feminism.  From that small group emerged the Evangelical & Ecumenical Women’s Caucus (EEWC), now more popularly known as EEWC-Christian Feminism Today.

The organization celebrated its 40th anniversary on June 26-29 in St. Louis at the Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel with presentations by current and pioneering Christian feminists and social justice advocates.

Christian Feminism Today is EEWC’s online publication featuring articles, blogs, book reviews and other commentary at www.eewc.com. READ MORE...



July 21, 2014

Tweet it, post it, share it: What’s your church story?

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – July 21, 2014 -- Organizers of the international Back to Church Sunday® movement want to know: What’s your church story? How was your life blessed by your experiences at a church?

For millions of people, church is where they learn about God. They have stories to tell about lives changed, families rescued, marriages recaptured – because of what God has done in their lives through meeting Him and His people at church.

Now there’s an effort to share those stories on social media, inviting people to tweet or post on the Back to Church Sunday Facebook page, as well as their own pages, using the hashtag #MyChurchStory.

As more and more people share their stories, supporters hope it will increase awareness of Back to Church Sunday®, an annual movement which seeks to get millions of new people to attend church on the third Sunday of September, this year on September 21. READ MORE...



July 17, 2014

Digital Religion Research Prominent Theme in Upcoming International Conference

Increasing scholarly attention is being given to how religion engages and is shaped by digital culture, as seen by the focus of many presentations slated for the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture conference in early August in Canterbury, UK.

The International Society for Media, Religion and Culture (ISMRC) conference held August 4-72014, is the 9th in a series of events assembling an international group of interdisciplinary scholars to better understand relationships between media, society and religion and the significance of media for religion in public life. The event draws a diverse crowd of academics and students with interests ranging from media studies and religious studies to anthropology and digital humanities. READ MORE...


July 16, 2014
FairMormon Tackles Challenging Issues at Annual Conference

Non-Profit organization known as FairMormon provides faithful answers to critical questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Provo, UT: FairMormon has announced that the 16th annual FairMormon Conference will be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah on August 7-8th 2014. This conference, which has been growing in popularity and size each year, will be tackling controversial issues that have sometimes challenged the faith of those within the international Mormon community.

Among those appearing at the conference will be Ty Mansfield, a marriage and family therapist and co-author of In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction (Deseret Book 2004), who will speak on being gay in today’s Mormon Church. Others appearing include Hannah Smith, one of the attorneys on the recent Hobby Lobby case, who will speak about what Latter-day Saints need to know in order to preserve religious liberty, Egyptologist Kerry Muehlestein, who will be addressing criticisms raised against the Book of Abraham and historian Russell Stevenson who will discuss some of the history surrounding the origins of the 19th century denial of the priesthood to blacks. READ MORE...




July 15, 2014
Senator Bill Frist, M.D., and Melinda Gates Lead Community Conversation at Belmont University on Saving Lives of Mothers and Children in Developing World

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., founder of Hope Through Healing Hands, and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today, led a community conversation on “The Mother & Child Project: Simple Steps to Saving Lives in the Developing World,” on the campus of Belmont University.

This was the first public event held by the Faith-Based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide, a joint partnership of Hope Through Healing Hands (HTHH), a Nashville-based global health organization, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

More than 250 individuals representing the faith community, global health NGO and higher-education sectors throughout greater Nashville attended the discussion, hosted by Belmont University. U.S. Olympic figure skating champion Scott Hamilton, who with his  wife Tracie is an active global health advocate, moderated the event.
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July 15, 2014
Washington National Cathedral to Honor WWI Centennial With Liturgical Resources

WASHINGTON – To mark the centennial anniversary of the First World War that began 100 years ago this month on July 28, 1914, Washington National Cathedral has created a collection of resources for worship in response to this important historical milestone.

The liturgical resources, which were developed by the Rev. Canon Gina Campbell, the Cathedral’s canon precentor, include suggestions for prayers, a responsive litany, shared readings and guides to preaching. Also included are examples of reflections on related biblical passages, exploring the themes of shame, wisdom and hope.
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July 1, 2014
MASTER OF DIVINITY PROGRAM ADDED TO GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY’S THEOLOGICAL DEGREE OFFERINGS


First online classes to begin in October


PHOENIX—Grand Canyon University has expanded its College of Theology offerings with a new Master of Divinity (MDiv) program. The MDiv degree, along with two additional emphases, is a program designed for bachelor’s-prepared individuals who feel led to serve in local churches, Christian organizations or the mission field. The online program includes three unique residencies designed to deepen understanding through peer interaction.

“The MDiv is truly the essential graduate degree for anyone who feels called to a career in ministry,” said Dr. Jason Hiles, dean of GCU’s College of Theology. “Many churches expect a pastoral candidate to hold this degree – some even require it for ordination. Being able to bring this degree to our students has always been a priority for GCU and the College of Theology.”

In addition to preparing students for pastoral ministry, the MDiv program offers emphases in worship leadership and global ministry. The pastorally oriented curriculum of these degrees emphasizes several key areas, including the centrality of the gospel, the significance of the church, and the pressing need to advance the Kingdom of God through missions. READ MORE...



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