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Audra Jennings

Audra Jennings is a publicist with Litfuse Publicity Group.

Posted 8/2/11 at 12:24 PM | Audra Jennings

Ted Cunningham celebrates young love with wisdom and advice

Young and in Love

Early marriage might not be a problem; instead, it might just be a solution. In Young and in Love, Pastor Ted Cunningham boldly suggests that early marriage is not as harmful as many believe and even offers the solution to staying sexually pure. He guides young adults through the arguments against early marriage and then reveals the secrets to creating a healthy, successful, and life-long relationship in early adulthood. Q&A with Ted Cunningham, Author of Young and in Love

Q: Over the past century, the national average for marrying age has increased and has continued to creep upwards. In the 1950’s, for example, marrying at 20 was the norm. Why are that many people waiting until they are older to marry?

The two primary reasons for delaying marriage today are fear of having a marriage like their parents and prolonged adolescence. First, mom and dad may have been committed but did not enjoy one another. Second, they grew up in homes where they were given too much privilege and not enough responsibility. They were not prepared or trained to be a husband or wife. FULL POST

Posted 8/1/11 at 1:33 PM | Audra Jennings

EGM Award-Winning Film The Grandfathers Empower Christian Youth

EGM Award-Winning Film The Grandfathers Empower Christian Youth

Oklahoma City, OK — Churches and ministries hoping to better serve students and young adults are now incorporating documentary films into their efforts. These films, however, do much more than entertain and educate—they also inspire action. New films by EthnoGraphic Media (EGM), an educational non-profit based in Oklahoma City, have been created to address a desire among young people to come together around important issues, engage in meaningful dialog with others, and become positive forces in the world.

Student screenings of EGM films this year include The Grandfathers, as part of the Youth 2011 conferences which are the national youth conferences of the United Methodist Church as well as the opening night of the Cornerstone Music & Arts Festival in Bushnell, Illinois.

The Grandfathers, a motion-graphics film about a young man's struggle with his complicated heritage, completes a trilogy produced by EGM that includes End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor. The film is receiving tremendous exposure and empowering a large segment of students. Screenings are being held nationwide this summer, impacting youth with themes of reconciliation and heritage. Screenings of the film this year include the Youth 2011 conferences which are the national youth conferences of the United Methodist Church. The Grandfathers was recently awarded Best Documentary from the National Broadcasters Convention, it will be screened as part of the UMC program in both West Lafayette, IN and Sacramento, CA., as the opening night late night event for all attendees. FULL POST

Posted 8/1/11 at 12:59 PM | Audra Jennings

New Common English Bible Translation in Its 3rd Printing after Less Than a Month

New Common English Bible Translation in Its 3rd Printing after Less Than a Month

All editions now total half-million copies in print

NASHVILLE, TN/Christian Newswire/August 1, 2011 – The new Bible translation known for being "built on common ground" is receiving a popular reception among consumers and is exceeding the publisher's first print-run expectations by 50 percent.

The complete Common English Bible debuted online and on 20 digital platforms in June, and in paperback format in mid-July. It's already gone back to press once. With this, its third printing, the Common English Bible now totals 500,000 copies in print, including the New Testament-only editions released a year ago. Originally expected this fall, the entire Bible paperback edition already in stores is selling quickly. Six other editions, including one with the Apocrypha, are releasing in August.

"Bookstore customers are asking for the Common English Bible in part due to the media coverage the translation is getting," says Paul Franklyn, associate publisher. "News media such as TIME magazine, USA TODAY, The Tennessean, Seattle Post Intelligencer, The Toronto Star, Florida Today, Orlando Sentinel, The Christian Post, and others, along with reviews by bloggers, our own website, Twitter Facebook, and our video are all driving people into stores." FULL POST

Posted 7/1/11 at 4:00 PM | Audra Jennings

Tombstones and Banana Trees: A True Story of Revolutionary Forgiveness

A Revolution of Forgiveness

Medad Birungi faced pain few imagine yet speaks of forgiveness all can experience

Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX–"My story changed beyond all recognition. Everything that was made ugly by pain and anger was turned to beauty by one simple, revolutionary thing—forgiveness." Medad Birungi was once a boy who begged to die by the side of the road, a teenager angry enough to kill, a man broken and searching, yet today he is a testimony to God's transforming power. In his life story, Tombstones and Banana Trees: A True Story of Revolutionary Forgiveness, Birungi charts his outrageous journey through suffering, abuse, despair and revenge to unexpected forgiveness and healing.

Birungi grew up with a violent father in the war-torn country of Uganda in the 1960's. His childhood was scarred by extreme poverty, cruel suffering and unbearable sorrow that few of us can even imagine. Yet from that trauma came the lessons that we can all appreciate: the impoverishment of life without Christ, the redemption of the cross and the revolutionary power of forgiveness. His story deals in nothing less than pure, God-given transformation. Tombstones and Banana Trees has the dual quality of being both uniquely individual yet universally relevant, holding together the grandest of themes and the most intimate of testimonies. Birungi's life is so comprehensively renewed that any reader sharing in his journey will feel the impact. FULL POST

Posted 7/1/11 at 3:35 PM | Audra Jennings

God’s Light Shines Through the Smallest Prism

God’s Light Shines Through the Smallest Prism

Matt Redman invites readers to reflect God’s dazzling radiance.

“When God shines upon His church, we become a dazzling testimony to His awesome radiance.  You may feel ineffective.  You might have lost confidence in your ability to shine.  You may think you are too small or inconsequential to ever be of any value in the kingdom of God.  But no matter at all—for, in the end, it is all a matter of light.  His light.  The life of worship never begins with you.  It starts and ends with JesusIn his newest book, Mirror Ball: Living a Life that Reflects God’s Radiance,worship leader and songwriter Matt Redman reminds us that even when we feel insufficient to reflect God’s glory, God can show through us as light radiates through a prism.  Living in this truth will transform how we view our words, our relationships and our daily lives. FULL POST

Posted 7/1/11 at 3:04 PM | Audra Jennings

Complete Common English Bible Arrives From Printer

Complete Common English Bible Arrives From Printer

 NASHVILLE, TN (June 29, 2011) – The print format of the new complete Common English Bible (http://CommonEnglishBible.com @CommonEngBible – http://twitter.com/CommonEngBible), four years in the making, has arrived early at its central distribution center in Nashville, TN.

While the New Testament was released last August, and the digital version of the entire Bible just debuted on 20 platforms, this is the first time the complete Common English Bible is available in print. Originally expected this fall, the paperback edition is shipping to stores now. Six other editions, including one with the Apocrypha, will be available in August. FULL POST

Posted 6/30/11 at 11:04 AM | Audra Jennings

CBA "Ministry in Action" Bike Project to Benefit Atlanta Ministries

CBA “Ministry in Action” Bike Project at ICRS 2011

to Benefit Eagle Ranch, SafeHouse

Children and Family Ministries in Atlanta

 At this year’s International Christian Retail Show attendees have the opportunity to help two local Atlanta children’s and family ministry organizations through CBA’s Ministry in Action outreach.

Ministry in Action will assemble 100 bicycles during the event’s three days, July 10-13, in Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. The project aims to give back to the Atlanta community, which is hosting the annual retail convention and trade show, by demonstrating the industry’s ministry and mission purposes through acts of service.

The bikes will be donated to Eagle Ranch and SafeHouse Outreach. Ingram Content Group’s Spring Arbor will sponsor the event.

Curtis Riskey, CBA executive director, said, “Tangible outreach helps position Christian stores as ministry servants in their local communities. Initiating ministry helps retailers make a compassionate statement in their communities and helps them align with local churches in reaching those in need through retail ministry. I urge all ICRS participants (both retailer and trade) to help touch people’s hearts with this compassionate project.” FULL POST

Posted 6/30/11 at 11:04 AM | Audra Jennings

CBA "Ministry in Action" Bike Project to Benefit Atlanta Ministries

CBA “Ministry in Action” Bike Project at ICRS 2011

to Benefit Eagle Ranch, SafeHouse

Children and Family Ministries in Atlanta

 At this year’s International Christian Retail Show attendees have the opportunity to help two local Atlanta children’s and family ministry organizations through CBA’s Ministry in Action outreach.

Ministry in Action will assemble 100 bicycles during the event’s three days, July 10-13, in Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. The project aims to give back to the Atlanta community, which is hosting the annual retail convention and trade show, by demonstrating the industry’s ministry and mission purposes through acts of service.

The bikes will be donated to Eagle Ranch and SafeHouse Outreach. Ingram Content Group’s Spring Arbor will sponsor the event.

Curtis Riskey, CBA executive director, said, “Tangible outreach helps position Christian stores as ministry servants in their local communities. Initiating ministry helps retailers make a compassionate statement in their communities and helps them align with local churches in reaching those in need through retail ministry. I urge all ICRS participants (both retailer and trade) to help touch people’s hearts with this compassionate project.” FULL POST

Posted 6/28/11 at 12:09 PM | Audra Jennings

Public Bible Exhibit to be a part of ICRS Atlanta

Bible Legacy Exhibit and Public Worship Service

to Open Christian Convention

Free public Bible exhibit to be a part of the International Christian Retail Show

to be held at the World Congress Center July 10-13

 A public Christian worship service and a free Bible legacy exhibit will help launch the International Christian Retail Show at Atlanta’s World Congress Center July 10-13.

The 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday evening Worship Him service will feature Randy Frazee, who will speak from his latest work with pastor and author Max Lucado, The Story¾an overarching multimedia epic of God’s story through time that’s still relevant today. Nicole C. Mullen will sing new songs from her upcoming worship album, Captivated, a homage to Jesus Christ’s majesty. Atlanta’s North Point Live will also lead worship songs during the service.

The Duggar family, stars of the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting featuring Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their 19 children, will perform introductory music at the open-to-the-public Sunday, July 10 Worship Him service. FULL POST

Posted 6/28/11 at 11:54 AM | Audra Jennings

Understanding youth culture and their faith

“A story with the power to change the direction of your story.”

~ Leonard Sweet, best-selling author, professor, speaker

Have you ever wondered if there is a bigger plan to your life or if everything just happens by chance?

In his newest book, The Blackberry Bush,David Housholder will take you on a journey across two continents to discover that your life may be bigger than you think and that even the worst of mistakes can find redemption.  While on this journey, he will also examine today’s youth cultures and their complex relationship with the Christian faith.

Through his book, Housholder hopes to help adults better understand the teen cultures of today. He also helps parents whose teens and young adults aren’t going to church, but are looking for a way that might nudge the children back “home” to church without being “preachy.” FULL POST

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