Modern-day Idols, Tony and Lauren Dungy & An “Online Missionary”
Idols don’t always come in the form of carved statues or reside in places of worship. Many pastors believe modern-day idols can be benign-looking desires with significant influence on people in their congregations. Retired NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren see the key parts of their life — football and family — as forms of ministry. And, for Joshua Clayton, talking to people about Jesus has always been a part of who he is, even while playing video games or creating online content.
Idols don’t always come in the form of carved statues or reside in places of worship. Many pastors believe modern-day idols can be benign-looking desires with significant influence on people in their congregations.
According to a study from Lifeway Research, more than half of U.S. Protestant pastors believe comfort (67 percent), control or security (56 percent), money (55 percent) and approval (51 percent) are idols that have significant influence on their congregations. When asked to choose the potential idol with the most sway over people in their churches, pastors again point to comfort (30 percent) and control or security (20 percent) above the others.
Younger pastors are more likely than older pastors to identify several of these modern-day idols in their churches – particularly political power, money and control or security. Pastors ages 18-44 are the most likely to say political power (55 percent) and control or security (72 percent) are idols they see in their congregations.
Retired NFL coach Tony Dungy and his wife Lauren see the key parts of their life — football and family — as forms of ministry.
The parents of 11 both lead Bible studies in addition to his work as a broadcaster on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and hers as vice president of the Dungy Family Foundation.
Their new book, “Uncommon Influence: Saying Yes to a Purposeful Life,” set to release Tuesday (Aug. 9), aims to help people see their family, neighborhoods and workplaces as platforms where they can have a positive effect.
Good News for Today is sponsored by The Voice of the Martyrs
Good News for Today is made possible through our friends at The Voice of the Martyrs, a nonprofit organization that serves persecuted Christians around the world. Founded in 1967 by Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, VOM is dedicated to inspiring believers to deepen their commitment to Christ and to fulfill His Great Commission — no matter the cost. Find out more and sign up for their free monthly magazine at vom.org/goodnews.
For Joshua Clayton, talking to people about Jesus has always been a part of who he is, even while playing video games or creating online content.
He now uses these two passions together in his new role as “online missionary,” at Claremore First Baptist in Okla.
Clayton began livestreaming his video game play during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
After several months of livestreaming video game content, Clayton garnered more than 40,000 followers across a variety of social media including Facebook, YouTube, Tik Tok, Twitch and Discord.
Claremore First Baptist noticed the impact Clayton was making and reached out to him about joining the church staff in a unique position to help bolster its online influence during the pandemic.
Churches aid Vietnam vets after 50 years; NAMB orients planters, Holman releases NASB Tony Evans Study Bible.
It was the most controversial point of the most controversial time in post-Civil War America. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) hosted the first Send Network Orientation of 2023 from March 20-22, with 200 church planting missionaries sent out from 174 different churches. Holman Bibles will release The NASB Tony Evans Study Bible on April 1, 2023.
NC man’s prayer vision impacts thousands of believers; trans athlete ban and Semenya rules tightened; Spirit-empowered.
Seven days a week, Terry Long’s morning starts with an 8 o’clock phone call to Fred Lunsford, a 98-year-old retired pastor in North Carolina. Calling it a welcome development, Dan Darling of the Land Center for Cultural Engagement says the decision of the World Athletics Council will acknowledge the reality of God’s good creation in human biology. And In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Louisiana Baptist Steve Horn writes… Everything is powered by something.
ERLC trustees OK senior staff additions, award recipients, FIRST-PERSON: Plan now for Baptism Sunday 2023
The trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission awarded the O.S. and Susie Hawkins to receive the Richard Land Distinguished Service Award. Baptism Sunday will be celebrated by many churches on the Sunday following Easter.