If you missed our interview on “Let’s Talk with Brian Houston” on the Hillsong Channel, then don’t despair! I’ve been friends with Brian ever since he asked me to teach his entire church staff in Sydney, Australia years ago. Since then, we’ve stayed in touch as his team has planted incredible churches in major cities around the world, and now launched The Hillsong Channel on television. I was also the Executive Producer of the independently produced “Hillsong Movie: Let Hope Rise.” Brian is as good a leader as they come, and I was honored to spend time with him on his program. Let me know what you think:
My long time friend J John is one of the most powerful, compelling, and hilarious speakers I know. Based in the United Kingdom, he has an amazing ministry with a global reach. Recently he broadcast a one-hour television episode we did together for his “Facing the Canon” TV series. (J John is a Canon in the Church of England, so sorry to disappoint, but I wasn’t shot out of anything.) He’s a terrific interviewer, and if you watch the program, you’ll discover just about everything I know about media, working behind the scenes with churches and ministries, and how to engage today’s culture. We had a terrific time and I think you’ll enjoy it:
Hardly a day goes by without seeing a number of Christians on social media criticizing large churches. Just like the Instagram meme in this post below, it’s assumed that just because a church is big, they must be compromising the gospel, not preaching the Bible, or some other lame charge. It seems that for far too many people in the Church today, large numbers of people automatically mean
We see many churches on national television these days, and for pastors who feel they have a message beyond their own communities, I’m all for reaching out through TV. In a media driven culture, I’m interested in exploring any media platform that engages today’s culture with the message of the gospel. However, many pastors only think about a national program and never consider how much a local television broadcast can
The thing I love about reading is that you never know where you’ll find creative advice. I was reading recently about the Christian writer and theologian Tatian who was a Syrian who lived in the second century. He was born in Assyria (Mesopotamia), and as an adult he journeyed to Rome, where he first discovered Christianity. He was shocked at the pagan cults he witnessed throughout the city and as a result, began reflecting on religious issues. During his investigation, he read the Old Testament, and the more he read, the more he
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
The annual Mexican Cinco de Mayo celebration could be a great opportunity to draw the attention of the Hispanic community to the Gospel. So I asked my friend Ivan Leon, Founder & Chief Strategist of the Kerux Group who develops trend analysis, cultural insights, and best practices for reaching the Hispanic audience to share some ideas for how churches can reach this growing community:
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.