Monday, December 19, 2005

Top Christian stories...

To: National & International Desks

Contact: Michael Herman, Public Relations Specialist for Christianity Today, 630-260-6200 x4309,

CAROL STREAM, Il., Dec. 19 /Christian Wire Service/ -- Evangelicals' activist efforts moved from the courts to the streets this year, as humanitarian relief efforts dominated religion news in Christianity Today magazine's annual list of top ten stories.

"While most of the attention was on evangelicalism as a political or economic power bloc, the movement's real energies this year were in aid and relief work," says Ted Olsen, news director and online managing editor of Christianity Today. "If you want to see how evangelicals used their size, look at how churches and ministries changed lives in the Gulf Coast and Southeast Asia. The culture wars pale in comparison to the ‘armies of compassion.'

"And with Billy Graham ending his crusade ministry, we're seeing a change in a major area of evangelistic activism, too," Olsen says.

Olsen and other Christianity Today editors and writers compiled the list. They are available for interviews. The complete top ten list can be accessed online at Copies of the magazine are also available upon request.

Christianity Today's Top Ten religion news stories are:

  1. Hurricane Katrina pounds Gulf Coast and the evangelical church helps with aid.
  2. Tsunami spurs massive relief effort for Southeast Asia.
  3. Benedict XVI succeeds John Paul II as Pope.
  4. Terri Schiavo dies, inciting conflict over end-of-life decisions and evangelical politics.
  5. Supreme Court vacancies trigger debate, as many Christian conservatives rally for "strict constructionists" to fill openings.
  6. Evangelicals target global poverty, joining with rock stars to lobby G-8.
  7. Media spotlight religion, bringing reporters into churches and promising more religion coverage.
  8. Billy Graham leads the final crusade of his ministry in New York City.
  9. Stem-cell research worries many, with evangelical opinion generally divided.
  10. Narnia hits theaters and Hollywood seeks Christian viewers – and dollars.


At 7:20 AM, Blogger M. Joseph said...

Thank you for posting this release about the top stories according to our editors.

Merry Christmas!

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Pastor Troy D. Bohn said...

HELP! That is the best way that I can say it right now concerning what is about to happen here in New Orleans.

Undoubtedly, the whole nation’s attention was upon New Orleans and the whole Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the devastation that followed when our levee system failed and we found New Orleans 80% under water!

Well, the attention that we were getting has decreased and the type of attention that is being paid to the city now is not the attention that will truly have the biggest long term impact.

While the Mayor, the Governor, the President, FEMA, the Army Corp of Engineers and a plethora of other private and governmental agencies argue and debate on the rebuilding of a city—the Church needs to instead be focusing on the unprecedented Harvest and Revival opportunity that this has presented the Gulf Coast and this Nation.

HELP! Is how one could simply break down the vision that Paul received when his brother needed him to come to Macedonia at a pivotal time for that region.

Acts 16:9-10 says, “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, Come over to Macedonia and help us. Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them.”

When we began our work full time here in New Orleans in 2003, the Holy Spirit spoke to us that (He) “was sending REVIVAL upon the Gulf Coast of the USA and that we needed to network with the Body of Christ in preparation for this time” Luke 5:1-7

In a couple of months, February 24-28, 2006, RAVEN Ministries will be hosting their 10th annual Mardi Gras Outreach in New Orleans. This is a gathering of believers from all over the country who come to share the LIVING WORD with a DYING WORLD.

In the months since Katrina we have personally seen approximately 400 people come to the Lord Jesus Christ in the French Quarter and on Bourbon Street. The “harvest is ready to be harvested but the labors are too few.”

Please come and help us! You can get more information and contact us through our website at and then click on the Mardi Gras Outreach button or you can email me, Pastor Troy D. Bohn, at or call me at our offices anytime at 504-304-6534

We NEED you here with us for this time. THIS is where we can break the back of the devil over this city and see revival spread throughout this nation—but we need your help to do it.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger girlsmom4jesus said...

This was a very interesting post made by you, Matt. I have tried to respond three times and I don't know where my posts went! I will try again.

I just hope that all people pray to the Lord ferverently for endurance in giving aid to the victims of hurricane Katrina. This will be a long recovery time and we do not need to grow apathetic.

I am delighted in all that has been done so far!

We need to keep the Light of God shinning ever so brightly. It's time for Gods's people to shine!

At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to point out there are many Katrina "victims" who are bragging on how they "cleaned up" due to all the money thrown their way. Alot of people are riding the wagon that need to get off.


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