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Jul 29, 2016

Over 500 Sign Petition to Bring Back Perry Noble

Former NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble was removed on July 1st due to his struggles with alcohol abuse. However, over 500 members of his church have signed a petition to bring him back. The petition soon stalled out and was closed. Noble commented that he is focusing on getting better and serving his family.

Source: Charisma News

Doubter’s Club Hosts Conversations with Christians and Atheists

Pastor Preston Ulmerson, 29, has launched a group called “Doubters Club” alongside atheist Trax Henderson. The two have started the group in Colorado in order to help Christians and atheists have conversations about current topics. The group started with 10 members and has grown to 60, with two locations.

Source: Metro West Daily News

What Pastors Need to Know about Pokemon Go

The Pokémon Go mobile app for smartphones lets users track Pokemon characters by enabling the GPS on their phones to work with the app. Characters will appear as players walk around town, and oftentimes churches are one of the landmarks used, resulting in players venturing to churches whether or not they have an interest in it. This is an opportunity to meet people in your community and to be present with your congregation in a simple, fun way.

Source: Cross Map


Jul 22, 2016

Christians in America Fear Discrimination

A new survey from PRRI found that almost have of Americans believe that Christians face discrimination in America that is equal to the inequality that other groups face. Eight in ten white evangelical Protestants held this view, rising from six in ten back in 2012. Among the supporters of Donald Trump, three-quarters agreed that Christians face discrimination in America.

Source: The Atlantic

Christian Mingle Loses Lawsuit Over Same Sex Users

A California court ruled that Christian Mingle and Catholic Mingle, among other religious dating sites, cannot ban same sex users. Both sites will change “men seeking women” and “Women seeking men” options to simple questions about the gender of a user and then allowing users to search based on their orientation.

Source: Religion Clause

Ark Attraction Is a Blessing and a Curse for Kentucky Town

Williamstown, Kentucky has seen both the blessings and curses of the Ark Encounter attraction that is opening this summer through Ken Ham’s Answers in Genesis ministry. Ham promises jobs and revenue for the struggling region in northern Kentucky, and so far Williamstown has seen a boost in downtown business. However, the tax breaks and moral code for ark employees leaves many worried that the project could come with too many drawbacks.

Source: NPR

Jul 15, 2016

This week we talk about the big story of the week: Perry Noble being released from Newspring Church. Matt and Todd talk honestly about our thoughts and feelings about this story (and others like it that have happened recently).

Jul 8, 2016

This week we look at the tragic events of this past week, including police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, as well as the police shootings in Dallas. Where is the Church and how should she respond? We take an introspective look at this week's events and call the Church to action.

Jul 1, 2016

Dobson Says Trump Is a Baby Christian

Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family may be one of the only people in America who can call Donald Trump a “baby” and not get attacked on Twitter. However, Dobson was referring to Trump’s faith, claiming that Trump had recently converted to Christianity, just in time to run for president. Trump did not comment on Dobson’s assertion.

Source: The Christian Post

Minority Infants Now Are the Majority

The population of non-hispanic white infants was finally matched by minority infants in 2013, and as of 2015, the number of minority children reached 50.2%. It’s estimated that in the coming decades America will no longer be majority white and that not no single group will be the racial majority.

Source: Pew Research

Unchurched Will Serve with a Church and Talk about Spirituality

Nearly 80% of the unchurched shared in a LifeWay survey that they would be open to hearing a friend talking about spirituality if it’s an important part of his/her life. Only 1 in 3 were open to being invited to church, but more than half would be likely to attend a community service or community safety event if hosted by a church.

Source: Facts and Trends