Inspiring Christians in Nashville
Blogging live from Nashville, Tenn.
I’m in Music City to speak at the Christian Scholars Conference on a panel exploring this question: “Will Print Survive in the Stone-Campbell Movement?” I’ll share more on this later.
In the meantime, how would you answer that question?
On Thursday afternoon, Tamie and I attended a 90-minute session on “The Future of Christian Higher Education for Institutions Affiliated with the Churches of Christ: Insight from our Current Leaders.”
Three Christian university presidents were among the speakers: Andy Benton of Pepperdine University, David Burks of Harding University and Randy Lowry of Lipscomb University, which hosts the annual conference. Mike O’Neal of Oklahoma Christian University and Billy Hilyer of Faulkner University were supposed to be on the panel. But a flight cancellation kept O’Neal from attending, while the death of a friend disrupted Hilyer’s plans. The discussion and ideas discussed were fascinating. While some highlighted the need for our Christian universities to partner more, others lamented our lack of emphasis in research and development. I’m planning a news story on the discussion.
While in Nashville, I am doing a few interviews unrelated to the conference. And, as usually happens when I start visiting with fellow Christians who are living out God’s calling in their lives, I am being blessed — by young and old church members alike.
On Thursday, I met Becca Daniel, Janna Beth Hunt and Lauren King with RAVE Ministries. RAVE is a ministry, as leaders describe it, for teenage girls in the real world. The RAVE team is sharing its positive message for young women at events such as Winterfest and Lipscomb’s Impact. I’m planning a feature story, once I recover a bit from knowing more about some of the new ways Satan is attacking our preteen and teenage girls and young adult women.
This morning, I toured the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort warehouse with Joe Dudney. Joe is 87 — about 70 years older than most of the RAVE team. But he remains just as passionate about his faith and God’s calling his life as the teenagers and 20-somethings associated with RAVE. I visited with him about CCDRE’s work to help its own community after the recent flood that devastated Nashville. Again, I’m planning a story.
Stay tuned. In case you hadn’t heard, I’m planning a few stories.
Feedback�Will Print Survive in the Stone-Campbell Movement?� – I’m not ready to predict its death, but I think print journalism will continue its sharp decline for the foreseeable future. The trend is clearly towards online media, such as this website.
This could actually be good news for the Christian Chronicle since it does not receive subscription income. The funds currently going towards printing and postage could perhaps go toward additional reporters. I’m not sure it’s the best out there, but I think the Baptist Press site (www.bpnews.net) is heading in the right direction with daily news stories.Gene VinzantJune, 7 2010[…] This post was mentioned on Twitter by RAVE Ministries , Ryan Hunt of HCS. Ryan Hunt of HCS said: Inspiring Christians in Nashville: http://bit.ly/cIhqAu via @addthis // @raveministries gets a shout-out! […]Tweets that mention Official News Blog of The Christian Chronicle � Blog Archive � Inspiring Christians in Nashville — Topsy.comJune, 9 2010I do not yet have a website, and my blog is woefully out of date. My answer to the question “will print media survive” is, I certainly hope so. I just returned from the Southern Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa, AL. Their closing panal was asked the same question. Their answer was that a signifigantly larger percentage of Christians as compared to non-Christians buy books. If print media dies, it will die more quickly outside the Christian community. That observation also tells us that our methods of communicating with non-Christians must match their habits not ours.Becky WooleyJune, 13 2010