Posts Tagged ‘religion’



The Evangelical Did It, in the Kitchen, with the Lead Pipe

Check out this commentary by writer Bob Bonebrake, author of King of America on the portrayal of Christians in the media. Well worth reading:

It’s easy to spot the evangelicals in the movies these days. They’re the ones wearing the black hats.  We seem to be well into the era of the Christian bad guy.  Like the killer monk in The Da Vinci Code, more and more conservative Christians are being cast as the villains in popular fiction and political comment these days.  I’ve recently seen a host of television dramas with hypocritical ministers and priests revealed as Read the full article »

A Great Idea for Getting News Coverage

Here’s one of the most effective ways to get noticed by local media and generate positive press coverage:  Take a reporter out to lunch.  That’s right. Simple as that. Chances are in your town, you have newspaper, radio, or TV reporters who cover the subject you’re involved in. If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, someone’s covering the religious beat. If you’re a musician, writer, or artist, some reporter is covering the culture, media, or entertainment beat. There’s business and sports sections in every local paper. Whatever you do for a living, chances are, the local news outlets are covering it. We spend endless hours complaining that we don’t get coverage for our new album, movie, ministry outreach, product launch, or whatever – when the truth is, Read the full article »

Life’s Loaded Question: Do We Really Have a Destiny?

The issue of destiny is loaded question. Nearly everyone wants to believe in the concept. Atheists may believe that there’s no God, no purpose, and no point to life, but it’s pretty tough living that philosophy out in the day-to-day trenches. The idea of destiny gives us a reason to go on, motivation that our lives matter beyond PTA meetings, job reviews, and visits to the local coffee shop. The Christian tradition teaches that God has a purpose and plan for our lives. Because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, we have a Read the full article »

What I Learned About Productivity From Moving from New York to Los Angeles

I’m writing this after an exhausting day packing a rental van for moving. Our daughter and son-in-law Kelsey and Chris have been living in New York City for the last 5 years performing regularly in musical theater. A few months ago they came back to LA for television’s “pilot season” and so many opportunities happened, they decided that it might be better to be based in Los Angeles and commute to New York for various projects. So Kathleen and I flew up last week to Read the full article »

What’s So Offensive About Proselytizing?

Everywhere you go these days people are complaining about proselytizers. “Don’t shove your views on me.” “Don’t tell me what you believe.” Some people have even been sued over it. But it’s interesting that the complaint only seems to happen when it comes to religion (specifically Christianity.) When you tell someone about why you love your new car, or why the new diet is changing your life, they’re happy to hear it.  And nobody complains when someone thinks Islam or Buddhism is wonderful.  But when Christianity transforms your life, Read the full article »

Branding Is Not A Religion

Since I wrote my book “Branding Faith” a number of years ago to address how branding applies to religious and nonprofit organizations, I’ve been amazed at the number of branding companies that have popped up specifically to work with churches.  Many of these companies are very good and doing excellent work.  But I’m also finding that for many, “branding” has become a religion.  I got a call from a religious ministry the other day who said, “We’ve just spent Read the full article »

When Branding Kills

Branding any organization, product, or even person is critical.  Hey – I wrote the book on it.  I released “Branding Faith: Why Some Churches and Nonprofits Impact Culture and Others Don’t” because I saw so many confused organizations, unable to really share their story or vision with their customers, donors, or the general public.  After all, if you don’t know your own reason for being, you can’t expect outsiders to figure it out.  But since I released Branding Faith a few years ago, it seems like branding companies have popped up everywhere – particularly in the Christian space.  It’s almost become a Read the full article »

The Government Continues to Target Churches and Ministries

Some readers considered me alarmist when I spoke out so strongly against the Senator Charles Grassley investigation of 6 major media ministries. Certainly some of the ministries are pushing the limits in a number of ways, and I don’t personally agree with much of what some are doing. Should they be called on the carpet? Absolutely. But even if you strongly dislike these or other ministries, I’m not sure it’s the place of the government to decide the boundaries of what constitutes church or ministry. Besides, we already have the IRS to deal with, so do we really need more government intrusion into religious affairs?
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The God Blog Conference

If you’re a blogger, then you need to come to Las Vegas for the “God Blog Conference.” It’s the national conference for anyone writing about religion, theology, culture, lifestyles, or all of the above. It will feature some of the most successful bloggers in the religious world, so if you’re having trouble finding readers, getting noticed, or making an impact, this is the place to be.
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Does the Internet Power Atheists?

Interesting idea here.  What do you think?