Weeky Religion News with items on the best Christian-based places to work for, “Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We Made Up” by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle and more.

The Best Christian Workplaces Institute has released its results for the best Christian-based organizations for which to work.


The BCW survey has been conducted in the US and Canada for the past nine years. Each participating organization has a stated Christian mission and/or values.


Organizations participated in an employee engagement survey, which covered a range of issues: job satisfaction, commitment, Christian witness, supervisory effectiveness, work satisfaction, personal growth and development, management effectiveness, customer/supporter satisfaction, teamwork, communications and pay and benefits. Employees answered more than 50 questions addressing these topics, rating each statement on a scale from one to five.


"We salute this year's Best Christian Workplaces for their intentional efforts to nurture organizational culture that reflects Christian values; especially in a difficult economy,” said Al Lopus, president of BCWI. “One benefit of a healthy organizational culture is that it translates to meaningful ministry growth, based on our research."


The 2011 Best Christian Workplaces Institutes’ most recent additions in the U.S. in alphabetical order:


American Bible Society, Apartment Life, Appalachian Bible College, Briarcrest Christian School, Camp Eagle, Coalition for Christian Outreach, Concordia Publishing House, Christian Heritage Academy, CRISTA Ministries, English Language Institute/China, InterVarsity Press, Joni & Friends, Knox Area Rescue Ministries, KSBJ Houston area, Lake Ann Camp, Lancaster Bible College, Lincoln Christian University, Logos Research Systems Inc., MOPS International, Mt. Sylvan United Methodist Church, Olivet Nazarene University, Phoenix Seminary, Samaritan Ministries International, Southland Christian Church, Upward Sports (formerly Upward Unlimited), Wheaton Academy, World Harvest Mission.


-- ReligionNews.com


Week in Religion


- July 6, 1535,English Catholic theologian Thomas More was beheaded for refusing to recognize Henry VIII as supreme head of the Church of England, which had just broken with the Roman Catholic Church.


- July 7, 1952,six churches met to form the Southern Baptist Association of Colorado, the first organization of this denomination in the state.


- July 8, 1948,the Moscow Conference convened to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the independence of the Russian Orthodox Church from control of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.


-- William D. Blake, Almanac of the Christian Church


Survey Says


Of the nearly 2,200 evangelical leaders worldwide surveyed by the Pew Forum, about 71 percent see the influence of secularism as a major threat to evangelical Christianity in their country, 67 percent cite “too much emphasis on consumerism and material goods” as a major threat and 59 percent put “sex and violence in popular culture” into the same category. In addition, nearly two-thirds of the global evangelical leaders (64 percent) say there is a “natural conflict” between being an evangelical and living in a modern society.


-- Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life


Good Book?


“Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We Made Up” by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle


With a humble respect for God's word, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle address the deepest questions you have about eternal destiny. They've asked the same questions. Like you, sometimes they just don't want to believe in hell. But as they write, "We cannot afford to be wrong on this issue." Get immersed in the truth of Scripture as, together with the authors, you find not only the truth but the courage to live it out.


-- David C. Cook


Quote of the week


“The true meaning of religion is thus not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.” – Matthew Arnold (1822-1888), British poet


The Word


Four Noble Truths: The fundamental truths that the historical Buddha realized in meditation and then taught to his followers: Life is suffering; the cause of suffering is craving; suffering can be eliminated by the extinguishing of craving; there is a way to achieve this goal (by following eight principles of conduct).


-- ReligionStylebook.com


Religion Around the World


Religious makeup of Cayman Islands (2007)


Church of God: 25.5 percent


Roman Catholic: 12.6 percent


Presbyterian/United Church: 9.2 percent


Seventh Day Adventist: 8.4 percent


Baptist: 8.3 percent


Pentecostal: 6.7 percent


Anglican: 3.9 percent 


Other religions: 4 percent


Non-denominational: 5.7 percent


Other: 6.5 percent 


None: 6.1 percent


Unspecified: 3.2 percent


- CIA Factbook


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