Episode 071

Ukrainian Refugee Relief, Market Outlook, and Media Consumption 

Apr 11, 2022

“Fools”, the comedy play written by Neil Simon in 1981, has been used to help bring relief to Ukrainian refugees. GuideStone Financial Resources will host a Quarter 2 Market Outlook and Insights webinar from 3-3:45 p.m. CDT April 13. And in an era with more media choices than ever, American evangelicals get their information and entertainment from both Christian and mainstream media.

Transcript

“Fools”, the comedy play written by Neil Simon in 1981, has been used to help bring relief to Ukrainian refugees. A group of students at Missouri Baptist University just wrapped up their performances of the comedy.

Following each of their four productions, Kasey Cox, director of theatre and dance for the university, asked patrons to consider a donation to provide relief for refugees. At the end of the run, more than $3,000 had been raised.

The play had been in production for well over a year and Cox acknowledges there’s no way they could have known how the play would be cast in a different light considering the current conflict in Ukraine.

Cox says this is another reminder that God always has a plan and desires for us to be a part of it.

GuideStone Financial Resources will host a Quarter 2 Market Outlook and Insights webinar from 3-3:45 p.m. CDT April 13. The webinar will highlight:

  1. How the outlook for Fed policy and inflation will affect markets
  2. How the war in Ukraine is impacting inflation and other possible outcomes
  3. How the U.S. economy may perform given all the headwinds currently faced

Attendees will hear from David Spika, GuideStone’s capital management president and chief investment officer, and Will Lofland, director and head of intermediary distribution. Learn more by finding GuideStone on social media.

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In an era with more media choices than ever, American evangelicals get their information and entertainment from both Christian and mainstream media. Almost every evangelical Protestant in the U.S. uses a mix of media from both Christian and mainstream sources, according to a study from Infinity Concepts and Grey Matter Research.

Using the National Association of Evangelicals’ and Lifeway Research’s theological definition of evangelical, less than 1 percent say they use no specifically Christian media and 1 percent say they avoid all mainstream media, which means almost all U.S. evangelicals consume a mix of both.

The areas in which evangelicals primarily consume Christian media are:

  • radio (60 percent say at least half of their radio diet is specifically Christian),
  • podcasts (57 percent),
  • and books (58 percent).

Seventy three percent of the Evangelicals surveyed say they use more mainstream media in television (73 percent). While 68% say they visit mainstream websites, 64% use mainstream video streaming, and 58% read mainstream magazines.

Find more stories at BaptistPress.com.

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