Industry News

FCS sale date set; consignment addressed

The court hearing Family Christian’s bankruptcy case set sale deadlines and addressed consignment merchandise issues in orders last week.

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CCM trailblazer Billy Ray Hearn passes

Contemporary Christian Music pioneer Billy Ray Hearn died last week, leaving a creative legacy that has changed church culture and community.

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CBAggregator: polarizing authors, indie films, and more …

Little Boy releases; author Held Evans polarizes; indie faith movies grow, and much more…

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Will indies see boost if Family closes stores?

While the industry generally supports Family Christian Stores (FCS) effort to resolve its financial crisis and continue providing an outlet for broad distribution of Christian books and materials, it’s unlikely it will be the same

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SCOTUS stops contraceptive mandate

The Supreme Court stopped the federal government from enforcing its contraceptive mandate against a group of Pennsylvania-based religious organizations. This is the fifth time the Supreme Court has stopped the federal government’s contraceptive mandate, with previous protection for

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Christy Awards announce 2015 finalists

The 2015 Christy Awards honoring excellence in Christian fiction will be presented at a dinner on June 29 in Orlando, FL, in conjunction with the CBA International Christian Retail Show. The Christy Awards Advisory Board announced finalists in nine categories,

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EPA presents awards

The 2015 Higher Goals Awards were presented during the Evangelical Press Association convention April 8-10 in Denver, CO. The Award is intended to “honor the best work done” in 38 specific categories. See the full list of winners.

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CSPA honors small publisher titles

Christian Small Publishers Association (CSPA) awarded the 2015 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award to books in 13 categories, including fiction, historical fiction, romance, Christian living, Bible study/theology, devotional, biography/memoir,

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RT announces award winners

Romantic Times announced their 2014 award winners. The award ceremony will take place during the RT Booklovers Convention May 12-17 in Dallas, TX. Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award winners in the Inspirational categories include:

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Zondervan to release Colson’s final work

Zondervan will release Chuck Colson’s last published work, My Final Word, on Aug. 4. Three years since his death, Colson’s words challenge Christians to think critically about today’s most pressing issues, including the rise of Islam, same-sex marriage, Christian persecution, and other important issues.

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Little Boy takes over theaters

The independent film, Little Boy (Open Road Films) is taking over multiplexes in 20 cities on April 23 – the day before it releases nationwide April 24. Theater Takeovers are happening in

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GMA takes artists to next step

The Gospel Music Association and LifeWay are sponsoring the IMMERSE conference for artists, songwriters, and worship leaders, June 15-17 in Nashville, TN. IMMERSE combines expert instruction on recording, writing, performance and other key topics

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Beware ICRS hotel scams

Housing and convention registration for CBA’s International Christian Retail Show in Orlando, FL June 28-July1 is in full swing. CBA has negotiated lower-cost hotels for exhibitors and attendees, which are only available through the International Christian Retail Show website.

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Mardel appoints new CEO

After starting Mardel at the age of 19 and serving as CEO for the last 34 years, Mart Green is stepping down as CEO to devote more time to the family of businesses that include Hobby Lobby, Hemispheres, and other investment and ministry opportunities. He will continue

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Books & Bibles

LifeWay drops ‘heaven’

April 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Based on LifeWay’s new structure and direction (identified as One LifeWay), the chain decided to stop carrying heaven visitation resources in their 180 stores – including the best-selling 90 Minutes in Heaven (Baker Publishing Group), Heaven Is For Real (Thomas Nelson), and others.

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Church curriculum goes digital

April 10, 2015 / by / 0 Comment

Disciplr, a digital platform developed by David C Cook and HelloMogo, Inc. for churches to customize their curriculum plans, is scheduled to launch in June. Disciplr is designed to give churches choice and accessibility to Gospel Light, David C Cook, and other …

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NIV website wins top award

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Verve Marketing Group, in a collaborative effort with HarperCollins Christian Publishing, was awarded the top category award for the NIV Bible website in the Internet Advertising Awards (IAC) competition. Verve is a creative and strategic marketing communications agency…

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Cult reference reaches milestone

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The Kingdom of the Cults (Bethany House) by Walter Martin and edited by Ravi Zacharias reached a sales milestone of one million copies sold. Originally published in 1965, The Kingdom of the Cults was completely revised and updated in 2003.

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