Churches in trouble, report says

April 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

As many as 200,000 churches of approximately 350,000 in the U.S. are in stagnation or decline and more than 4,000 close every year, according to a Hartford Institute for Religion Research report. The phenomenon has implications for not only churches but also Christian stores, according to Thom Schutz,

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GMA announces Hall of Fame inductees

April 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GMA’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame induction and honors ceremony will be April 29 in Nashville, TN. Hall of Fame inductees include Brown Bannister, Rich Mullins, Take 6, and Gaither Vocal Band. Honors Recipients are Dr. Bobby Jones, Michael Guido, Don Moen, Show Hope, and World Vision.

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Christy Award nominees announced

April 23, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The Christy Advisory Board announced nominees in eight categories for the 2014 Christy Awards for excellence in Christian fiction. Winners will be presented at a dinner June 23 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, in conjunction with the 2014 International Christian Retail Show.

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Amazon collects taxes in Florida

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Starting May 1, local Florida businesses will have a more level playing field against Amazon.com. The Internet-only retailer will begin collecting and remitting 6% sales taxes just like local businesses do. Amazon is building two distribution centers in the state (exact locations are undisclosed),

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Christian Book Services launches imprint

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Christian Book Services, LLC launched its new Clovercroft Publishing imprint to focus on titles by Christian authors that produce content that’s not overtly Christian – for example, books on health and fitness, business, finance, leadership, and other general topics from a Christian worldview.

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Entertainment shines in store of the future

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Hollywood has embraced the faith community through film and big Bible stories . The May issue of CBA Retailers + Resources offers insights into how Christian stores can build community around faith- and family-friendly films and entertainment while being socially relevant and financially viable

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Former Hachette editor launches new agency

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Jana Burson, former acquisitions editor for the FaithWords and Center Street divisions of Hachette Book Group, announced the launch of her new literary and speakers agency, The Burson Agency.

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Print run for Jesus Daily increases

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FaithWords, a division of Hachette Book Group, will increase its first print run of Jesus Daily by Dr. Aaron Tabor to 100,000 to meet bookseller demand. The 365-day devotional is based on themes from the Jesus Daily Facebook page, which has about 26 million “likes.”

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Wanda Brunstetter wins Career Achievement Award

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The Romantic Times released the nominees and winner of the 2013 Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. In the Inspiration category, nominees included Lauraine Snelling, Lisa Samson, Ted Dekker, and Wanda E. Brunstetter, who was announced the winner.

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Francesca Battistelli single goes gold

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Francesca Battistelli’s single “Free To Be Me,” from her debut album, My Paper Heart, received both a Grammy nomination and now Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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