RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- There was a time when the thought of international missions conjured up images of a complete and irrevocable break with the familiar world: a hut on the savannah, a shack in a Chinese village, a boat on the open ocean. But as the twenty-first century dawned, we found ourselves at sea on stranger tides.
(RNS) For centuries during Lent, Christians have sought to grow closer to God through praying, fasting and giving to the poor.
Now they can also mark the 40-day period of penitence that precedes Easter by posting pictures to Instagram, reading a regular reflection in their email or watching a priest answer questions on Facebook Live.
Back in the 1970s an evangelistic campaign featured yellow signs and bumper stickers that simply said, “I found it!” And today? Summer could be a good time for your church to try new visibility strategies or give a second try to an earlier effort that ran out of steam.