There are uncomfortable questions that are being raised today about church and Christianity. There is a high interest in spirituality but not in organized religion. They Like Jesus But Not The Church is a six session DVD curriculum from Zondervan which looks at the understandable questions and perceptions that people outside of the church have.
Questions such as "Is the church judgmental, negative and political?" "Does the church arrogantly think they are right and all other religions wrong?" ‘Is the church homophobic?". Dan Kimball explores these questions and perceptions and gives biblically-based ways to respond to these perceptions. For more information, go to http://www.theylikejesus.com/
New York, NY (December 5, 2007) – Jane Friedman, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, today announced the appointment of Maureen "Moe" Girkins as President and CEO of Zondervan. Beginning January 2, 2008, Girkins will be responsible for overseeing and directing Zondervan’s growth strategy in addition to managing day-to-day operations as president. She will report to Friedman.
"Moe brings years of experience and business acumen to the position. Her success rate is impressive; as is her strong faith. She will be a wonderful leader for Zondervan," said Friedman.
"In the corporate world, Moe has achieved great success leading high performance teams in competitive, complex, and changing markets. This experience, combined with her passion for the mission of Zondervan, will elevate the company to new levels," said Bruce Ryskamp, Interim CEO of Zondervan.
"I am honored to have been selected and am grateful for this tremendous opportunity. Zondervan has a phenomenal track record, and I look forward to working with the Zondervan team to continue its long standing position of excellence in Christian publishing," said Girkins.
Girkins has spent 25 years in high tech, where she held a number of senior executive positions including Senior Vice President, Wireless: Office of the Chairman at Dell and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Strategic Marketing at Motorola. She has also held numerous positions at AT&T and Bell Laboratories, and led their multibillion dollar international Electronic Switching Systems and Intelligent Network Businesses. Girkins spent a year as a loaned executive to the Mayor’s Office of Chicago. For the last six years she has worked as an advisor to Investor Growth Capital and served on multiple corporate boards including Media Arts Group, Vallent, Kemet Electronics, and Broadcom.
Girkins has completed the first half of her Masters of Divinity program at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She is also a published author; Mother Leads Best details the positive impact of motherhood on senior executive women. She serves as Chairman of the Board of LovingNeighbors, a volunteer organization spawned to aid in the recovery of Katrina victims. Additionally, she volunteers on several boards including: Northwestern University and The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. She is a member of Christ Church of Oak Brook.
About HarperCollins Publishers
HarperCollins, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world including the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, mystery, romance, reference, religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins has published some of the world’s foremost authors and has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott. Consistently at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand and generate additional business opportunities. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers on the Internet at http://www.harpercollins.com/.
Zondervan, a HarperCollins company, is a world leader in Christian communications and the leading Christian publishing brand. For more than 75 years, Zondervan has delivered transformational Christian experiences through general and academic resources by influential leaders and emerging voices, and been honored with more Christian Book Awards than any other publisher. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., with offices in San Diego and Miami, Zondervan conducts events and publishes its bestselling Bibles, books, audio, video, curriculum, software, and digital products through its Zondervan, eZondervan, Zonderkidz, Youth Specialties, Editorial Vida, and National Pastors Convention brands. Zondervan resources are sold worldwide through retail stores, online, and by Zondervan ChurchSource, and are translated into nearly 200 languages in more than 60 countries. Visit Zondervan on the Internet at www.zondervan.com (mobile site: zvan.mobi).
CNN-TV is scheduled to broadcast a report about Rob Bell and his book Sex God, this Sunday at 7:40 AM. Thought you’d like to know in case you want to catch it.
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“As a pastor and a student of the Bible, I have spent most of my life reading it, studying it and preaching from it. It is a never-ending surprise to me how I find more to learn and apply the more I read it. Recently I obtained a copy of The Bible Experience, and to my amazement I found in it a way to experience the Bible that took my appreciation for it to another level. I highly commend The Bible Experience to everyone. You will discover how this incredible high quality, word for word, dramatic presentation of the Bible can take to new heights your appreciation for what the Word can do to change your life.”
—Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas
Visit The Bible Experience feature page (http://www.zondervan.com/tbe) for more audio clips, behind-the-scenes videos, and information.
What do you think about The Bible Experience?
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Zach Hunter is a modern day abolitionist who launched the Loose Change to Loosen Chains campaign while in seventh grade. His goal is to have slavery wiped from the planet in his lifetime, and has already raised thousands of dollars for this cause. He wrote Be the Change: Your Guide to Freeing Slaves and Changing the World.
Go to http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/cnn.heroes/ and cast your vote for Zach Hunter today for the CNN Heroes segment.
Here are two great opportunities to learn how the church can better engage the world as Jesus did in the battle against AIDS.
Global Summit on AIDS & The Church, November 28-30, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California. From the Website: “What is faith without action? This summit will provide you with the information and tools you need to discover how your congregation, organization, or agency can start to make a positive change.” Speakers include Rick Warren, Kay Warren, John Ortberg, John Thomas, Lynne Hybels, Dennis Rainey, Bruce Sonnenberg, and Her Excellency, Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda.
HIV/AIDS Youth Summit, a free event (for those with CCN satellite equipment) put on by CCN. From the Website: The world has never seen a greater humanitarian crisis than the current AIDS pandemic. But the world has also never seen a generation of students like today’s teenagers!” Speakers include Rick Warren, Kay Warren, Jenna Bush, and Francis Chan.
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The Bible Experience: The Complete Bible, along with the Old Testament and the 2007 Audio Book of the Year—the New Testament, is now available for purchase. Choose from the Old Testament (CD and Internet Download), the New Testament (CD, MP3 CD, and Internet Download), and the complete Bible (CD and MP3 CD).
The Bible Experience Companion Bible is also available. Now you can read along with the audio! The Bible Experience Companion Bible includes disk and track numbers on each page.
Visit The Bible Experience feature page (http://www.zondervan.com/tbe) for more audio clips and information.
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