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It might not seem like a usual choice, but apparently because of the similarity between cigarette papers and the pages of bibles, the same machines produce both. Therefore machines originally produced to make pages for bibles are being switched to meet demand for cigarettes.
There are at least two good reasons to stop smoking. Number one: It may [sic] damage your health. Number two: It raises the production costs for bibles, ASSIST News Service reports. The Chinese craving for cigarettes is responsible for rising paper costs in bible printing, according to the business manager of the German Bible Society, Felix Breidenstein. Because of the rising demand for cigarette paper in China the special thin paper used in bible printing is getting more expensive, as Breidenstein told the German news magazine Der Spiegel. The German Bible Society sells approximately 400,000 bibles per year.
Found via: ESV Bible Blog
Any gathering of people gives the opportunity for evangelism. So why not the Cricket World Cup? (Christianity Today). After all, it is the 3rd biggest sporting event in the world (after the football world-cup and the Olympic games).
The Caribbean Baptist Fellowship (CBF), one of the six regional bodies of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), has said that it views the Cricket World Cup as an opportunity for evangelism and ministry.
CBF is also setting up prayer tents that allow volunteers to minister one-on-one to the thousands visiting the area.
I have been enjoying the Cricket that is taking place in recent weeks (or is it months now?), even if it has only been via cricinfo, Radio 4 LW and late TV highlights. Of course watching England is somewhat painful, but they will probably be put out of their misery soon, and we can go to hope at least some of the teams run Australia close.
In an effort to ‘clean-up’ in the search market and push specialised business search engines, like yell.com, to the sidelines, Google has beefed up its business listings. Like many directory services, Google sees churches as just one type of business so make sure your church is listed.
Importantly, this is applicable to the UK and UK churches and not just US churches (and it is free). Try and see if it available for your own country’s version of Google.
You have been able to add detail to the listing of your church for some time, but Google has increased the range of information you can now add, for instance 10 photographs and custom attributes. You enter a few details, and then a letter will be received in the post for security reasons before the listing is created.
As a follow-up post to ‘Using the church for secular marketing’, there is an article specifically on using the fish symbol prominently as part of a business logo and the effect this has on Christian consumers.
He noticed a familiar and welcome image on the sign posted at the business: a stylized fish, a commonly used symbol to denote Jesus Christ.
The identification of Jesus with a fish traces to the first centuries of the church. The Christian connotation stems in large measure from the use of ‘ichthus’ [or ‘icthyus’] the Greek word for fish, as an acrostic for the phrase “Jesus Christ God’s Son is Saviour.”
Clearly the use of the fish symbol divides opinion. On the one hand the Christian businessperson is showing their faith extends to all areas of their life. But it can so easily be seen as a gimmicky marketing ploy. After all the symbol is not exactly ‘proof’ of someone’s faith or religious status.