Templeton Prize winner Francis Collins says churches should stick to virtual services for now

Dr Francis CollinsRespected Christian geneticist Dr Francis Collins is advising churches to avoid in-person services as countries around the world fight to bring Covid-19 rates down. In an an online conversation with theologian Russell Moore about vaccines, Dr Collins said churches could be sources of "superspreading" events.  As a practising Christian himself, he said he was attending... Read more

Your Virtual Small Group Can Still Be Vibrant

For many of us, attending small group has been a regular routine for years. This past spring brought that routine to a screeching halt. While we all hoped COVID precautions were just a temporary inconvenience, for many churches the need for virtual meetings has remained. The apostles Paul (2 Tim. 1:4) and John (2 John... Read more

e3 Partners offers virtual mission trip to Lesbos after Moria camp fire – Mission Network News

Greece (MNN) — Wepreviously reported on the Moria refugee camp fire that left thousands homeless and living on the road in Lesbos, Greece. In an upcoming virtual mission trip, e3 Partners will be talking to Christian leaders helping the refugees during this difficult time. People who go on this mission trip will talk to these... Read more

Diplomats raise Rohingya crisis in virtual UN talks – Mission Network News

Bangladesh (MNN) — UN officials met virtually this week to discuss the Rohingya crisis in Southeast Asia. Bangladesh urged fellow UN members to press Myanmar for a political solution. Turkey and Saudi Arabia praised Bangladesh for hosting the most refugees, pledging political and humanitarian support. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch urged Bangladesh to move Rohingya from... Read more

16,000 Accept Christ, 1.8 Million Watch Greg Laurie’s Virtual ‘Cinematic Crusade’

16,000 Accept Christ, 1.8 Million Watch Greg Laurie's Virtual 'Cinematic Crusade' Pastor Greg Laurie on Tuesday said 1.8 million people watched Harvests A Rush of Hope evangelistic film Labor Day weekend, with 16,000 making professions of faith for Christ.We have a lot of bad news right now, I thought you all could use some good... Read more

Virtual mission trips with e3 Partners have encouraging outcomes

International (MNN) — Did you know you can take an international mission trip without leaving home? The concept is new at e3 Partners, but the ongoingglobal pandemichas forced their ministry to think outside the box and theyre encouraged by the results. e3 Partners virtual mission trips connect you or your group with a mission team.... Read more

Want to conquer COVID-19 fear, anxiety? Attend this virtual event – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — September is National Suicide Prevention Month in the U.S., and the latest numbers reveal startling developments. When adjusted for age, the suicide rate is at its highest point since 1941. Set Free Ministries Dean VanderMey says the COVID-19 pandemic is behind the latest surge in national and local mental health crises. Weve... Read more

NATIONSWORSHIP: Virtual worship event hopes to unite global Church

International (MNN) — Between a pandemic, social tensions, and political conflict, our world today is riddled with division. Lots of people have ideas to address the chaos, but there arent many public figures saying, You know what we need? One big, international worship service. But thats exactly what Global Disciples says. Coming up on November... Read more

For King & Country, TobyMac and Michael W Smith to support world’s poor in virtual concert

For King & Country and other artists will be performing at the concert(Facebook/for KING & COUNTRY)Over 20 major Christian artists are uniting for an evening of music in support of poor communities around the world that have been impacted by Covid-19. Artists taking part in the 'Unite to Fight Poverty' livestream event include TobyMac, Michael... Read more

Ark Encounter Adds $3 Million Virtual Reality Simulator of the Great Flood

Ark Encounter Adds $3 Million Virtual Reality Simulator of the Great Flood The Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky is transporting visitors to the time of Noahs Ark with a new virtual simulation attraction.The $3 million virtual reality experience, The Truth Traveler, takes visitors on a tour called A Flood of Reality, Faithwire reports.Guests wear VR... Read more

Virtual Bible translation tools: a solution for projects facing COVID-19 setbacks – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — As the pandemic brings Bible translation efforts to a halt around the world, Wycliffe Associates is offering online workshops and supporting virtual collaboration wherever possible. Overcoming Obstacles Before projects can begin, translators need to be trained in Wycliffe AssociatesMAST program (Mobilized Assistance Supporting Translation), a collaborative, eight-step method that helps produce accurate... Read more

Over 100 Virtual Choirs Cover Elevation Worship’s ‘The Blessing’

Over 100 Virtual Choirs Cover Elevation Worship's 'The Blessing' A worldwide phenomenon has hit the Church today as Christians from across the globe are singing the hit worship song, "The Blessing."In March, the song was first introduced during a live performance at an Elevation Church campus in North Carolina as part of Elevation... Read more

Virtual mission trips take evangelism to a whole new level – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — Have you ever wanted to go on a missions trip, but lacked the time and the funds? e3 partners now provides virtual trips through various digital platforms. God gave us the vision for this in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Jeff Johnston, e3s marketing communications manager, says. As weve gone about... Read more

Virtual evensong to raise money for cathedral choirs feeling the strain from coronavirus

TV presenter Alexander Armstrong and news reader Katie Derham are lending their support to a virtual evensong to raise money for cathedral choirs struggling financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual evensong has been made possible by 21 choral scholars from Church of England cathedrals across the south-west of England.  Armstrong and... Read more

Virtual doctors are a lifeline for impoverished families in Ecuador

Dr Dayana takes a call to the telehealth hotlineWith over three and a half million coronavirus cases across Latin America, visits to the doctor are a risk many people don't want to take.  Even if they were prepared to make the visit, public hospitals in capital Quito and Ecuador's second largest city, Guayaquil, are full... Read more

Virtual Dialogue in a Divided World: 10 Steps to Healthy Social Media Interaction

Social media. Probably the greatest advancement the world has ever seen towards people keeping connected with friends and family and whats going on in their lives. Its really beautiful. Sadly, its also an art exhibit or museum or cesspool or haunted house (pick your metaphor) that puts some of the nastiest sides of human interaction... Read more

On Eagles Wings to host virtual Warrior Leadership Summit – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) On Eagles Wings is moving their Warrior Leadership Summit to a virtual format due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The On Eagles Wings discipleship conference for Native American young people transforms lives and brings hope. This year, thats still going to happenjust not in person. Ron Hutchcraft explains how the ministry... Read more

Irans virtual Church faces new opposition – Mission Network News

Iran (MNN) — Irans latest legal changes target virtual churches and online ministries. According to Article18, new amendments to an existing law expand Iranian authorities ability to persecute religious minorities. Irans latest legislative amendment appears to be, in part, a response to internal uprising and political unrest across the country, Heart4Irans Mike Ansari says. For... Read more

Lauren Daigle Hosts Virtual Concert for Patients, Staff at Tennessee Children’s Hospital

Lauren Daigle Hosts Virtual Concert for Patients, Staff at Tennessee Children's Hospital Grammy award-winning music artist Lauren Daigle recently offered an exclusive performance to a Nashville childrens hospital.According to a press release, Daigle performed a virtual concert for doctors, caregivers, first responders and patients at Monroe Carell Jr. Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt. The... Read more

A Virtual Memorial Service Will Be Held for Ravi Zacharias

A Virtual Memorial Service Will Be Held for Ravi Zacharias Christian evangelist Ravi Zacharias will be honored in a livestream memorial service this week.Zacharias died May 19 at the age of 74. The service will be streamed live at RZIM.org/RaviMemorial on May 29 at 11 a.m. ET.The story of the gospel is the story... Read more

Beyonc, Taylor Swift and Tons More Have Been Added to the Obamas’ Virtual Commencement for 2020 Grads | RELEVANT Magazine

There’s no doubt that this year’s graduates are facing some of the most daunting prospects in recent memory, with a soaring unemployment rate and a global pandemic threatening to upend their entry into the job market in ways from which they might never fully recover. Nothing can quite make up for that but YouTube... Read more

e3 Companions plans digital mission journeys – Mission Community Information

[ad_1] Worldwide (MNN) e3 Companions plans digital mission journeys and different digital ministry because the COVID-19 pandemic prevents conventional abroad journey. e3 Companions organizes mission journeys to many alternative international locations around the globe, however with the COVID-19 pandemic making air journey troublesome, they've needed to cancel many. However e3 Companions plans to conduct mission... Read more

‘Loving Lifeless Issues’: Digital Actuality and Deepfake Resurrections – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] Each different Tuesday inStoried,Okay. B. Hoyleexplores the methods our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a complete. In Steven Spielbergs 2001 movie A.I., a grieving household makes an attempt to exchange their comatose son with an Android who appears and acts and talks precisely just like the youngster. This robotic... Read more

Digital Actuality was Nearly Actual, for About 5 Minutes within the Nineties – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] Each different Wednesday in Fads!Crazes!Panics!,Luke T. Harringtonlooks at one of many random obsessions to have gripped the general public thoughts within the current previous, and tries, in useless, to make sense of all of it. If you lived by way of the nineties, odds are excellent that if you first heard concerning the Oculus... Read more

Joel Osteen Is Internet hosting a Digital Easter Service With Kanye, Mariah Carey and Tyler Perry | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Like your church (hopefully), Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church shall be ringing in Easter Sunday nearly this week. However in contrast to your church (in all probability), Lakewood is doing so with a bunch of giant stars. Kanye West and his Sunday Service Choir shall be there, together with Tyler Perry and, get... Read more

Chris Hemsworth Is Giving Away Free Digital Exercises Throughout Quarantine Season | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] One of many hardest components of quarantine season is staying energetic. Weeks of staying inside is certain to throw a wrench into your health objectives, and you'll solely benchpress a broomstick so many instances. However for individuals who wish to preserve transferring in self-isolation, no much less a health icon than Chris... Read more