FL Marine Veteran Carries Wooden Cross on Veteran’s Day

In honor of Veteran’s Day, and to spread a message of hope, 34-year-old US Marine veteran Tobiah Steinmetz walked across Palm Beach County, Florida with a 10-foot tall cross that weighed 75 pounds.

“I got saved in 2009, just out of nowhere. I felt God put on my heart to carry the cross across America. There are a lot of the vets coming home with PTSD, or physical disabilities, and we can lay our burdens at the cross. There’s healing at the cross,” Steinmetz said.

This is not the first time he has traveled with a large cross. Steinmetz told CBN News that the mission started in 2010 when he walked for 87 days, carrying a wooden cross from California to South Carolina.

He served with the Marine Corps for five years in multiple countries, including Iraq.

Read the full article HERE.

National Association of Evangelicals Elects Walter Kim as its First Minority President

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) named its first president of color last month when its board of directors elected Korean American Virginia pastor Walter Kim as the next head of the 45,000-church network.

Kim, who serves as pastor for leadership at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, will continue serving in that role even when he takes over as the head of NAE on Jan. 1, 2020. 

“As a proven pastor, scholar and thought leader, Walter brings an incredible combination of skills to lead the National Association of Evangelicals into the next decade,” Roy Taylor, the chair of the NAE Board of Directors, said in a statement. “His ability to think critically and engage charitably has garnered respect and enthusiasm among our leaders as we consider the future of the NAE and evangelicalism in America and throughout the world.”

The NAE is an association of 40 denominations with millions of constituents along with dozens of schools and nonprofits. The association provides resources for ministry leaders and advocates for issues of “justice and righteousness.” 

Read the full article in the Christian Post HERE.

Museum of the Bible Expands Programming to Attract More Visitors

After two years and 2 million visitors, the Museum of the Bible is launching new programs aimed at increasing attendance and deepening its connection with its audience.

Starting this month, the nonprofit museum — funded primarily by the evangelical Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores — will present performances and temporary exhibitions that focus on Christmas, Passover, African American spirituals and more.

The initiative is the work of arts management guru Michael M. Kaiser, former head of the Kennedy Center and chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. Kaiser is helping the institution’s senior executives — who have almost no museum experience — to transition from getting open to staying open.

“It’s a question of what is going to make [visitors] come back,” Kaiser said. “It’s important because they aren’t going to be involved, financially or in a deep way, unless they [do],” he said.

The Christmas holiday will be emphasized as a new tradition for its visitors, Kaiser and other officials said.

Read the full article in the Washington Post HERE.

Barna Study Shows Cities Where the Most Generous Christians Live

In time for Thanksgiving, the Barna Group has identified the top 10 cities in America where the most generous practicing Christians live.

The California-based organization, which has been tracking cultural trends related to values, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors for 35 years, identified the most giving markets in the United States, both in terms of nonprofit and church contributions.

When it comes to both church and nonprofit giving, three cities in southeast Idaho — Pocatello, Idaho Falls, and Jackson — topped the list. In these cities, practicing Christians give an average of $17,977 to nonprofits and $15,601 to churches every year.

See the rest of the list and read the full article in the Christian Post HERE.

Coworking Space Opens at The Hope Center Near Dallas, Texas

Shared office centers come in all sizes and styles. Now they’ve made their way into the religious world.

The Hope Center, a nonprofit Christian organization center in Plano, Texas is opening a coworking office in what used to be a warehouse.

The 6,000-square-foot “Hopehub” shared office facility has 14 offices and a dozen reserved desks, an outdoor pergola, seating areas and a kitchen.

“Hopehub gives us the one-of-a-kind opportunity to network with other Christian ministries, here and abroad,” Bill Dotson, founder of Abiding Fathers, a Hopehub nonprofit, said in a statement. “It allows us to develop synergy that will deepen and widen the reach of each ministry to the glory of God.”

Read the full article in The Dallas Morning News HERE.

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