It’s been out a few years now, but my book “The Last TV Evangelist: Why the Next Generation Couldn’t Care Less About Religious Media (And Why it Matters)” keeps popping up. Maybe it was prophetic, but it’s proving more and more accurate about the changes happening in our culture today. If you’ve ever wondered why so many Christian television programs and movies make you feel embarrassed, or why Christian media isn’t having more impact in the culture today, then
In a world that’s gone Internet crazy it’s easy to convince churches and ministries about the importance of only using web strategies or social media as evangelism tools. After all, with more than 1.79 billon active users, by population, Facebook is now the largest country in the world, which means it’s time to start sending online missionaries and planting churches in that country. Online evangelism is an easy sell to a new generation of pastors and leaders who have been posting their lives online since childhood. But lost in the Internet frenzy is the power of traditional media – particularly radio.
I’m always interested in examples of creative people doing Christian media right, and so I took notice when my friend Larry Ross recently sent me a copy of The Kingstone Bible, a graphic novel version of the Bible from Kingstone Comics based in Florida. It’s currently available in a 3 volume, full color, hardback set that adapts the entire Bible into the form of a graphic novel. A team of 45 artists, all with experience working for Marvel and DC Comics produced the illustrations. The 2,400 page project launched November 1st with a
I had the opportunity this year to speak at a leadership event at Ivy Church in Manchester, England. The pastor is Anthony Delaney, who’s done a brilliant job building a multi-site church in a city that’s experiencing enormous growth in business, media, and education. As a result, Ivy has a great number of Millennial members and it’s making an enormous impact. Keep in mind this is during a time when many established churches are shrinking – so much so that many denominations such as the Methodists and Church of England are looking for ways to partner and sometimes even
I find it fascinating that many people who handle social media for very large churches and ministries find it difficult to share their faith on their personal SM platforms. And others do it in an incredibly obnoxious way. But every new technology gives us another possibility for
A few years ago, I worked with a fantastic church who had a serious identity problem. They were a traditional church with great teaching, classic hymns, and a wonderful choir. The pastor was amazing and the music remarkable. They only had one problem:
I’ve known Ray Comfort for a number of years, and one thing I admire him for is getting out there and interacting directly with nonbelievers. You may or may not like his methods, but the truth is, he’s not harsh, condescending, or rude – he simply tells people the truth. In fact, I’m constantly surprised at how many people he meets who actually start re-thinking their opinions about evolution, same-sex marriage, abortion, and other hot button issues. So as Ray launched his recent “Audacity” campaign, I asked him some questions. Read his answers, and let me know your thoughts:
More and more people like the “New Atheists” are not only dismissive of religious faith, but they’re angry about it, to the point of declaring that belief in a Supreme being must be a sign of mental illness. In that increasingly hostile atmosphere, it’s becoming more and more challenging to respond when asked about our faith. David French, writing in the National Review, said recently: