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New Devotional for Teens–“#truth”

Best-selling author Josh McDowell releases new devotional for teens

“Instilling a robust faith in our kids can feel like a daunting task, especially at a time when the culture constantly casts doubt on the claims of Scripture. In this devotional especially for teens, renowned apologetics teacher Josh McDowell provides clear answers to the questions today’s young people are asking about life, faith, and truth.”

—Jim Daly, President – Focus on the Family

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While the teenage years have always presented their share of trials, today’s teens face an even greater number of challenges.

From rising rates in depression among teens, peer pressure, online bullying, to the increasing number of school shootings, teens coexist in a world that is much different than their parents’ teenage years. And with statistics showing a growing number of young people leaving their faith after graduating high school, it’s more important than ever for our teens to be encouraged and grounded in their faith.

From one of America’s most beloved Bible teachers, Josh McDowell provides a terrific resource for teens called #truth: 365 Devotions for Teens Connecting LIFE and FAITH (August 1, 2017 – Shiloh Run Press). This timely new devotional unpacks spiritual truths that will inspire, challenge, and fuel young people each day of the year.

McDowell has devoted his life to reaching young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus as he has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 27,000 talks in 125 countries.

It’s with his honesty, transparency, and Biblical wisdom that McDowell continues to inspire audiences. Some may be familiar with his personal story – a survivor of childhood trauma, as well as the admission that he was agnostic as a young man who believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, McDowell discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith.

After his conversion, his plans for law school turned instead to plans to tell a doubting world about the truth of Jesus Christ, which has led to an amazing ministry to young people.

#truth is a powerful devotional that:

  • Helps answer questions like: What should I believe? And why should I believe it?
  • Twelve monthly themes build on one another – from the truth that God exists to the truth about Christ’s return
  • Leads youth to understand the truths of God and how living them out is beneficial in everyday life.

Practical and relevant, each month of devotional readings shares a common theme:

  • January: THE TRUTH THAT GOD EXISTS
  • February: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD’S WORD
  • March: THE TRUTH ABOUT ORIGINAL SIN
  • April: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD BECOMING HUMAN
  • May: THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRIST’S ATONEMENT FOR SIN
  • June: THE TRUTH ABOUT JUSTIFICATION THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
  • July: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIVING THE TRANSFORMED LIFE
  • August: THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS’ BODILY RESURRECTION
  • September: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE TRINITY
  • October: THE TRUTH ABOUT GOD’S KINGDOM
  • November: THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CHURCH
  • December: THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRIST’S RETURN

We all know the importance of spending daily time with God, and this unique devotional will help teens understand the foundational truths of God, and how they can apply these truths to their everyday lives.

 

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#truth: 365 Devotions for Teens Connecting LIFE and FAITH

by Josh McDowell  

Shiloh Run Press; An Imprint of Barbour Publishing

ISBN13: 978-1634099752

August 1, 2017; 384 pgs.; $16.99

 

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New Edition of “Evidence That Demands a Verdict”

Father and Son Josh and Sean McDowell Team Up on New Edition of Evidence That Demands a Verdict

Modern Apologetics Classic Completely Updated and Expanded for a New Generation Facing New Challenges to the Christian Faith—On Sale Oct. 3, 2017

Contact:   Trinity McFadden
Senior Manager of Publicity
tel:  616-698-3514
web:    trinity.mcfadden@harpercollins.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 23, 2017 Thomas Nelson is pleased to announce that Josh McDowell and his son Dr. Sean McDowell have collaborated on a completely updated and expanded edition of the modern apologetics classic Evidence That Demands a Verdict: Life- Changing Truth for a Skeptical World.

Evidence was first published with Campus Crusade for Christ in 1972 to arm thoughtful Christ followers with knowledge to defend and proactively present the Christian faith,” says Daniel Marrs, associate publisher, Thomas Nelson Bible Group. “Since that initial release,

more than one million copies of this classic apologetics resource have been sold. The truth of the Bible doesn’t change—but its critics do. So we’re excited to present this fully updated and expanded edition that addresses the latest challenges to the Christian faith with brand new research from Josh and Sean. We here at Thomas Nelson are delighted for the opportunity to continue partnering with Josh, Sean, and Josh McDowell Ministry to steward this resource for the Kingdom in the coming years.”

Over 1 million copies of Evidence That Demands a Verdict are currently in print, making it one of the most widely used and trusted manuals on Christian apologetics. Since the last update of Evidence in 1999, Josh and Sean have begun working together on some ministry fronts. In this new edition, significant new content has been developed by both authors. The new edition goes on sale October 3, 2017.

“Over forty years ago, I saw that Christian readers needed answers to defend their faith against the harshest critics and skeptics,” says Josh McDowell. “Sean and I invite readers to bring their doubts and to not shy away from the tough questions. This new, completely revised and updated edition of Evidence brings historical documentation and some of the best modern scholarship to bear on the trustworthiness of the Bible and its teachings.”

Evidence has been a trusted resource for believers young and old and has encouraged and strengthened the faith of millions,” says Sean McDowell. “I’m honored to have partnered with my dad on this new edition, and I’m eager to see how it will impact the faith and evangelism of a new generation.”

Evidence That Demands a Verdict will be supported by national advertising and publicity campaigns.

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About Josh and Sean McDowell:

As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling and overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. After trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God’s love. After his conversion, Josh committed his life to telling a doubting world about the truth of Jesus Christ. After studying at Kellogg College, Josh completed his college degree at Wheaton College and then attended Talbot Theological Seminary, graduating magna cum laude with a Masters of Divinity.

Working with Campus Crusade for Christ and founding the youth outreach, Josh McDowell Ministry, Josh has shared the gospel with more than 25 million people in 125 countries. He is the author or co-author of 147 books. Learn more about Josh McDowell and Josh McDowell Ministry at www.josh.org.

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, especially young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. He connects with audiences through humor and stories while imparting hard evidence and logical support of a biblical worldview. Sean is an assistant professor in Biola University’s Christian Apologetics       program and the resident scholar for Summit California. A regular speaker for organizations like Focus on the Family, the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and Youth Specialties, among others, Sean is the author, co-author, or editor of over eighteen books and is a frequent guest on radio shows like FamilyLife Today® and Point of View. Learn more about Sean McDowell at www.seanmcdowell.org.

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About Thomas Nelson:

Thomas Nelson is a world leading publisher and provider of Christian content and has been providing readers with quality inspirational product for more than 200 years. As part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., the publishing group provides multiple formats of award-winning Bibles, books, gift books, cookbooks, curriculum and digital content, with distribution of its products in more than 100 countries. Thomas Nelson, is headquartered in Nashville, TN. For additional information visit www.thomasnelson.com.

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Romanian Release of “Undaunted: The Early Life of Josh McDowell”

“UNDAUNTED: THE EARLY LIFE OF JOSH MCDOWELL” AVAILABLE IN ROMANIAN

PRESS CONTACT: Josh McDowell Ministry, 866-252-5424, media@josh.org

Neinfricat
o impresionantã poveste adevarata

jurnalul de viata al unui barbat, de la amintiri ce nu pot fi rostite, la un har ce nu poate fi descris…

Se spune ca cea mai frumoasa si indragita etapa a vietii este copilaria. Asa si trebuie sa fie. Dar pentru Josh McDowell lucrurile au stat cu totul altfel. S-a nascut intr-o familie cu un tata betiv, care nu si-a aratat in niciun fel afectiunea fata de Josh si care l-a tratat mai degraba ca pe o mana de lucru decat ca pe un fiu. Mama lui, desi il iubea, nu a putut sa-i vina in ajutor, nici macar atunci cand Josh cazuse victima abuzului sexual vreme de mai multi ani. In acele circumstante, pe care niciun copil n-ar trebui sa le cunoasca, Josh a implorat ajutorul lui Dumnezeu, dar parca strigatele sale disperate nu reuseau sa ajunga pana la El.

Neinfricat este povestea de viata a unui tanar care a invatat sa invinga rusinea, amaraciunea si deznadejdea si sa descopere adevarata dragoste a lui Dumnezeu, in mana caruia si-a abandonat tot trecutul. O marturie plina de har in care vei descoperi ca, in pofida a ceea ce poate fi mai rau in viata, poti ajunge dincolo de toate acestea liber, plin de credinta si neinfricat.

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Undaunted: The Early Life of Josh McDowell is a movie that shares some of the heart-wrenching details from Josh McDowell’s early life, including growing up with an alcoholic father and experiencing severe sexual abuse at the hands of a man hired to help on the family farm. These are details that Josh has only recently shared, because the Lord convinced him that his story could help others who have experienced similar hurts.

Ministry leaders around the world have shared that this movie has helped bring these hidden topics out in the open.

“In sharing my story through Undaunted, my prayer is that God will use it to bring millions of people to faith in Christ,” Josh says.

Available in Romanian (Liberia Scriptum, July 2015).

Romanian copies can be ordered at the publisher’s website at: http://www.scriptum.ro/librarie/neinfricat.html 

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In 1961, Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus. Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 27,000 talks in 125 countries. Josh has authored or co-authored 148 books in over one hundred languages including, More Than a Carpenter – over 27 million copies distributed — and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict –named one of the twentieth century’s top 40 books.

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JOSH MCDOWELL MINISTRY PUBLISHES APOLOGETICS BOOKLET

JOSH MCDOWELL MINISTRY PUBLISHES APOLOGETICS BOOKLET THAT EXAMINES FACTUAL EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST

For Immediate Release

PRESS CONTACT: Josh McDowell Ministry; media@josh.org

DALLAS, TEXAS — February 9, 2017

Josh McDowell Ministry is pleased to announce the release of The Resurrection and You as a 64-page booklet. Written by international speakers and authors Josh and Sean McDowell, the book confirms the authenticity of the biblical account of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

How does one go about finding a true answer to the question of whether Jesus did or did not rise from the dead? A critical historian would check out the validity of the records of witnesses, confirm Jesus’ death by crucifixion, go over the burial procedures, and confirm the reports of the empty tomb and Jesus being seen alive on the third day. Only then could he or she consider possible alternative explanations for this world-changing event.

Josh and Sean McDowell challenge readers to consider fascinating and compelling facts that underscore the power and reliability of Scripture. For more information and to read an excerpt of this booklet, visit: https://www.josh.org/the-resurrection-and-you/

“My goal, back in college, was to disprove Christianity,” shared Josh. “But my research led me to the conclusion that I could trust the Bible, that Jesus is God, and that he was raised from the dead on the third day. Whatever one believes about Christ and his resurrection, everyone has to admit that something significant happened on that morning. Something so dramatic that it completely changed eleven men’s lives, enabling them to endure abuse, suffering, and in many cases death.”

The Resurrection and You answers tough questions such as:

  • Do apparent discrepancies in the Gospels undermine their historic reliability? Or do the discrepancies actually offer positive evidence for the resurrection?
  • Is it possible, as some critics assert, that Jesus wasn’t really dead when his body was released for burial?
  • Is it possible the burial was a sham?
  • Who, exactly, is recorded as having seen Jesus after his crucifixion?
  • How should modern Christians respond to his selfless act?

“No one has changed the world more than Jesus Christ,” added Sean. “And he is still in the business of changing lives today. Our hope is that this book will help people to realize that not only is the word of God true, but that they can trust the Bible because the evidence is so incredible.”

About Josh McDowell Ministry

For the past 50 years, Josh McDowell has been committed to helping purpose-driven Christians know what they believe, why it is true, and how to live it out. Josh has written or co-authored 145 books in over 100 languages including, New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, which was named one the 20th Century’s top 40 books and one of the thirteen most influential books of the last 50 years on Christian thought by World Magazine. Josh has delivered more than 27,000 talks to over 25 million people in 125 countries.

Sean McDowell, PhD, is a gifted communicator with a passion for reaching the younger generation with the gospel message. A professor at Biola University, Sean is the author or co-author of 15 books, including A New Kind of Apologist. Sean speaks at camps, churches, universities, and conferences worldwide. He blogs regularly at SeanMcDowell.org.

About Baker Books

Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, has a vision for building up the body of Christ through books that are relevant, intelligent, and engaging. Baker publishes titles for lay Christians on topics such as discipleship, apologetics, spirituality, relationships, marriage, parenting, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. Baker also publishes books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling, biblical reference, and leadership.

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Josh McDowell Ministry Introduces “Student Blogs”

JOSH MCDOWELL MINISTRY PARTNERS WITH MCKINNEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 7TH GRADE BIBLE CLASS

For Immediate Release

PRESS CONTACT: Josh McDowell Ministry; media@josh.org

DALLAS, TX, January 7, 2017
Josh McDowell Ministry is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog category: Student Blogs, in partnership with McKinney Christian Academy’s 7th grade Bible class. Both organizations are dedicated to intellectually equip our young people to know and defend why they believe what they believe (about God and his Word).

The posts are written by the 7th grade students studying Josh McDowell’s book, Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door,
which answers tough questions such as:

  • Does it really matter what you believe, as long as you have faith?
  • Are there errors in the Bible?
  • Was Jesus just a good teacher? Can anyone prove His resurrection? And what does that have to do with me?

This blog project with Mrs. Clark’s 7th grade Bible class is showcasing the students’ ability to think about their faith and to unashamedly express their thoughts in a fresh and modern way — online in blog format and on social media.

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Best-selling author and speaker, Josh McDowell, has been at the forefront of cultural trends and groundbreaking ministry for more than 50 years. The Josh McDowell Ministry, a Cru ministry, serves and equips the Body of Christ in raising generations of purpose-driven Christians who know what they believe, why it is true, and how to live it out.

McKinney Christian Academy (www.mckinneychristian.org) exists to honor Jesus Christ by teaching students to live biblically through education of mind, body and spirit. It is a Christian, covenant-based, independent, college preparatory school. MCA is a PreK-12th grade interdenominational, selective admissions academy.  MCA has received the Star Local Media Best Private School Reader’s Choice Award for the past 8 years, and was named Best Private School by Living Magazine in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

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“TÖBB MINT ÁCS” – Hungarian Release of “More Than a Carpenter”

more-than-a-carpenter_hungarian“MORE THAN A CARPENTER” BY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JOSH MCDOWELL AVAILABLE IN HUNGARIAN

PRESS CONTACT: Justin Nations, Cell: 706-207-9590, media@josh.org

Már több mint tíz éve ez a kiskönyv vezeti az alap, evangélizáló könyvek között a Toplistát! A legnépszerűbb és legérthetőbb a nyelvezete, témája a ma, postmodernvilág emberéhez is ugyanúgy szól, mint a gondolkodó emberhez: Kicsoda Jézus? Isten, hazug, vagy őrült? Mit mond róla a tudomány? Valóban vak a hit?

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Thousands of people around the world have come to Christ through Josh McDowell’s classic book, More Than a Carpenter.  More than thirty years later, Josh was joined by his son Sean in an updated version (Tyndale House Publishers, June 2009) that not only addressed arguments for faith from a skeptic turned believer, but new content that addresses questions raised by today’s atheist culture.  Now available in Hungarian (Keresztyén Ismeretterjesztő Alapítvány, August 2016).

With over 27 million books printed globally in more than 128 languages, More Than a Carpenter is a proven evangelistic tool. It provides evidences of who Jesus claimed to be in an easy-to-read format that will help draw people of all ages to the risen Savior.

Hungarian copies can be ordered at the publisher’s website at: http://kiakonyvek.hu/termek/tobb-mint-acs/. 

In 1961, Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus. Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 27,000 talks in 125 countries. Josh has authored or co-authored 148 books in over one hundred languages including, More Than a Carpenter – over 27 million copies distributed — and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict –named one of the twentieth century’s top 40 books.

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“Inspirada Por Dios” – Spanish Release of “God-Breathed”

editorial“GOD-BREATHED” BY BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JOSH MCDOWELL AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

PRESS CONTACT: Justin Nations, Cell: 706-207-9590, media@josh.org

JOSH McDOWELL utiliza documentos bíblicos antiguos y otros hallazgos arqueológicos para explicar el inigualable carácter histórico de la Biblia. Además de enseñar cómo es escribieron y por qué son fiables este libro muestra qué es lo que hace que las Escrituras sean un texto en el que se puede depositar confianza absoluta. Sin embargo no se limita a destacar la fiabilidad histórica de la Biblia, sino que también es de capital importancia el poder que puede tener aun hoy día para transformar cada aspecto de nuestras vidas por la Palabra Inspirada por Dios.

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Best-selling author Josh McDowell’s recent book titled God-Breathed—the Undeniable Power and Reliability of Scripture (Shiloh Run Press, April 2015) is considered one of his most convincing apologetics messages of his five-decade-long ministry is available in Spanish (Editorial Mundo Hispano / Casa Bautista of Pubns, March 2016).

McDowell presents the fascinating and compelling story of how recent archaeological finds—acquired from a long standing private selection of Egyptian artifacts and other objects made from papyrus dating back nearly 2,000 years—underscore the power and reliability of Scripture.

Spanish copies can be ordered at:  http://bit.ly/InspiradaPorDios (Nuestra Tienda) or http://amzn.to/2bPRAaI (Amazon).

“My hope is that this God-Breathed book will help people realize not only that the word of God is true, but also that it is alive and powerful. I equally want people to be convinced they can trust the Bible because the evidence is so incredible,” Josh said.

Since his radical conversion to Christianity in college, Josh has been a walking testimony of how ancient fragments of Scripture powerfully drew him to God. Those ancient manuscripts and the evidence of their reliability brought him to the conclusion that they were not only true and reliable, but also that Christ was who he said he was—the Son of God who came to save the world.

In 1961, Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus. Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 27,000 talks in 125 countries. Josh has authored or co-authored 142 books in over one hundred languages including, More Than a Carpenter –over 27 million copies distributed—and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict –named one of the twentieth century’s top 40 books.

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Josh at “Together 2016”

TOGETHER 2016

Date: July 16, 2016 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Time: 9:00am-9:00pm

If this is going to be a generation-defining moment, we need YOU to be there standing with us. So far, speakers, pastors, artists, and leaders from around the country have said they will stand together for Jesus.  Please keep praying for other influential leaders to join us on the National Mall.

“Together 2016” hopes to unite Christian leaders from various denominational backgrounds and spark revival in the United States. At present, more than 1,000 churches have expressed support for the event, according to PR Newswire.

There are events scheduled throughout the area beginning July 10.

Josh is scheduled for these events:

THURSDAY, JULY 14

Celebrate Together, brought to you by Shine in the World Ministries

First Baptist Church of Glenarden — Worship Center
600 Watkins Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD, 20774
7PM (Doors open at 6:30PM)
Free Admission

Worship and a message by Sammy Wanyonyi with Yolanda Adams, Josh McDowell, & Tru Serva.

 

FRIDAY, JULY 15

For the Sake of our Children with Josh McDowell

Columbia Baptist Church
103 West Columbia St., Falls Church, VA 22046
1-3PM

Filtered through the heart of a father and grandfather, Josh McDowell addresses what he believes is the greatest encumbrance in the 2,000+ year history of the church – the worldwide problem of pervasive internet pornography. Josh offers practical helps for youth influencers.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 16

TOGETHER 2016

National Mall

9:00AM—9:00PM

Josh will be joining many other speakers, pastors, artists, and leaders from around the country onstage for this event.

 

 

WHAT IS “TOGETHER 2016”?

PULSE, a student-led evangelism movement, has called 1 million Americans to gather on the National Mall on July 16th and join in prayer for the nation at an event called “Together 2016”

  • The free event will feature 40+ well-known speakers, recording artists, authors and leaders from various backgrounds for a day of unified prayer and worship
  • More than 1,000 churches nationwide have pledged attendance, with more pledges anticipated in the coming months.
  • More than 8,000 service opportunities will be available within a 100-mile radius of Washington, D.C. during the week before and after Together 2016.
  • WHEN: July 16, 2016, 9am9pm

    WHERE: National Mall, Washington, D.C.

    WHO: Confirmed speakers and artists include: Hillsong United, Kari Jobe, Francis Chan, Lecrae, Nick Hall, Passion, Crowder, Kirk Franklin, Ravi Zacharias, Jeremy Camp, Andy Mineo, Michael W. Smith, Lauren Daigle, Christine Caine, Mark Batterson, Matthew West, Jo Saxton, Mike Kelsey, Casting Crowns, John K. Jenkins, Sr., Josh McDowell, Laurel Bunker, Luis Palau, Tedashii, Tasha Cobbs, Lacey Sturm, York Moore, Trip Lee, Sammy Rodriguez, Ronnie Floyd, Reid Saunders, Bob Lenz, Jose Zayas, Jennie AllenNabeel Qureshi, Ann Voskamp, KB, Christine D’Clario, Matt Maher, Sammy Wanyonyi, Lindsey Nobles, Amena Brown, and Josh Brewer; with a special message from His Holiness, Pope Francis.

    WHY: “The times call for this moment,” said Nick Hall, founder of PULSE. “It is time to gather on a large scale and draw our attention back to where it really matters. Our hope and our help are found in Jesus, not in political leaders. We are going to come together, seek God, pray for our nation and pray for unity.  Our goal is to gather as a unified front, seeking Jesus and change for our nation through prayer and worship.”

    Online media credentialing for Together 2016 can be accessed at Reset2016.com/Media

    • Online credentialing will close Fri., July 1.
    • There will be limited credentialing on-site at the event.

    Learn more at Reset2016.com

    BACKGROUND:
    About PULSE
    Founded by Nick Hall in 2006, PULSE is a prayer and evangelism movement on mission to empower the Church and awaken culture to the reality of Jesus. Since PULSE’s founding, we have linked arms with hundreds of ministries and churches around the world to fuel evangelistic movements. Whether hosting a big outreach event or providing the evangelistic voice at another organization’s event, whether training evangelists on American college campuses or overseas in Africa, the common goal of everything we do is to share the hope of Jesus. Learn more at PulseMovement.com.

    About Nick Hall
    As a voice to the next generation, Nick Hall has shared the Gospel at hundreds of events to millions of students and is regularly featured as a speaker for pastors’ gatherings, student conferences, training events, and festivals around the world. Nick is the author of the forthcoming book Reset: Jesus Changes Everything (Multnomah, June 7, 2016). He sits on the leadership teams of US Lausanne Committee, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the student advisory team for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), and is a partner evangelist with the Luis Palau Association. In the spring of 2011, he was welcomed to the National Facilitation Committee for the Mission America Coalition (MAC). Nick, his wife, Tiffany, and their two children live in Minneapolis, MN.

    SOURCE PULSE

    Related Links

    http://pulsemovement.com




Key Findings for THE PORN PHENOMENON Unveiled

Josh McDowell Ministry and Barna Group Unveil Key Findings for THE PORN PHENOMENON

For Immediate Release

PRESS CONTACT: Justin Nations; Justin.Nations@Josh.org, 706-207-9590

(On Jan 19, findings also available at: www.pornphenomenon.com)

(New York, NY – January 19, 2016) – THE PORN PHENOMENON: A COMPREHENSIVE, GROUNDBREAKING NEW SURVEY ON AMERICANS, THE CHURCH, AND PORNOGRAPHY: Impact of Internet Pornography on American Population and the Church

From The Study: “Pornography has gone almost completely digital”
Use Is Particularly Evident Among Teens And Young Adults

In the most comprehensive, ground-breaking, in-depth and wide-ranging study to date on pornography among the American population and the Church — research reveals a younger exposure to pornography, increased desensitization and an escalating usage of pornography. These results are particularly evident among teens and young adults, who are watching porn and seeking it out more than any other generation.

“Pornography violates all relational values between the individual and self, the individual and society, the unity of our families and our moral fabric and fiber as a nation,” said Josh McDowell. “When we objectify and demean life by removing the sanctity of the human person, our future is at risk.”

The findings were announced at a news conference on Tuesday, January 19th at 10 AM Eastern time at The Omni Berkshire Hotel, 21 East 52nd Street in New York City.

KEY FINDINGS IN THE STUDY:

  1. TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS

Twice as many young adults ages 25-30 first viewed pornography before puberty than did the next generation—Gen X.

More than one quarter (27%) of young adults ages 25-30 first viewed pornography before puberty.

  • This is significantly higher than the GenX cohort, of which only 13% started viewing porn before puberty

Teens and young adults have a cavalier attitude toward porn

  • When they talk about pornography with friends, 90% of teens, and 96% of young adults say they do so in an either neutral, accepting, or encouraging way.
  • Only one in 20 young adults and one in 10 teens say their friends think viewing pornography is a bad thing.

Teens and young adults consider “not recycling” more immoral than viewing pornography.

  • Less than one-third (32%) say viewing porn is “usually or always wrong” compared to the more than half (56%) who say not recycling is “usually or always wrong”

Young adults are watching more porn and seeking it out more than any other generation.

  • Among ages 13-17: 8% daily; 18% weekly; 17% once or twice a month
  • Among ages 18-24: 12% daily; 26% weekly; 19% once or twice a month
  • Among ages 25-30: 8% daily; 17% weekly; 20% once or twice a month

And their friends are too:

  • Half of young adults say “most” (32%) or “all” (17%) of their friends regularly look at porn. An additional 21% say about “half” their friends do.

Nearly half of young adults say they come across porn at least once a week—even when they aren’t seeking it out.

  • Whether they are seeking it out or not, 16% of young adults say they come across porn daily and 32% do so weekly; an additional 23% say they do once or twice a month.
  • 8% of teens say they come across porn daily and 21% do so weekly; an additional 21% say they do so once or twice a month.

Teenage girls and young women are significantly more likely to actively seek out porn than women over age 25.

  • 33% of women, ages 13-24 seek out porn at least once a month compared to 12% of women over age 25

Most teens are “sexting” – either on the receiving or sending end of sexually explicit images.

  • 66% of teens and young adults have received a sexually explicit image and 41% have sent one (usually from/to their boy/girlfriend or friend)
  1. PASTORS / THE CHURCH

70% of Christian youth pastors have had at least one teen come to them for help in dealing with porn in the past 12 months

Most often, those kids were:

  • high school boys (92%)
  • middle school boys (57%)
  • high school girls (23%)
  • middle school girls (10%)

21% of youth pastors and 14% of pastors admit they currently struggle with using porn.

  • About 12% of Youth Pastors and 5% of Pastors say there are addicted to porn
  • 87% of pastors who use porn feel a great sense of shame about it
  • 55% of pastors who use porn say they live in constant fear of being discovered

3. GENERAL POPULATION / ALL ADULTS

Half of daily users watch porn for fun

  • 54% of people who actively seek out porn on a daily basis, do so because “it’s just fun.”

Pornography has gone almost completely digital.

  • 71% of adults, 85% of teens and young adults who have viewed pornography did so using online videos
  • Magazines, graphic novels, on-demand videos and cable or rented/purchased DVDs have almost completely lost the market share, with each scoring less than 10% (aside from a slightly higher percentage of 50+ adults using DVDs)

“I know it when I see it.” Porn is notoriously difficult to define. So, how do Americans define it? Turns out, it’s more a question of function than form. If it’s used for sexual arousal, it’s porn. Simple as that.

When asked the question, “What makes something porn?” The top two reasons given were:

  • 70%: if it’s watched/listened to/or read specifically for the purpose of sexual arousal
  • 60%: if you masturbated while watching/listening to/or reading it

A wide-ranging, nationally-representative audience of nearly 3,000 participated in four online studies, including in-depth surveys among the general population, American teenagers, Christian pastors and the Christian church.

The research study was conducted by Barna Group, a visionary research and resource company focused on the intersection of faith and culture. The study has been commissioned by Josh McDowell Ministries, a Cru ministry based in Plano, Texas.

Presenters at the news conference were: David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group (https://www.barna.org/); Roxanne Stone, editor in chief of Barna Group; and Josh McDowell, founder of Josh McDowell Ministry (/).

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David Kinnaman has designed and analyzed research for Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity, NBC Universal, the Salvation Army, Sony, the American Bible Society, World Vision, Harper Collins and many others. He has been quoted in major media outlets including USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and CNN.

Josh McDowell is a speaker and writer specializing in Christian thought, contemporary culture and family relationships. Since 1960, Josh has written or co-authored 145 books in over 100 languages including, New Evidence That Demands a Verdict — named one the twentieth century’s top 40 books and one of the thirteen most influential books of the last 50 years on Christian thought by World Magazine. Since 1961, he has delivered more than 27,000 talks to over 25,000,000 people in 125 countries.

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NewsUSA link:
http://about.newsusa.com/article/groundbreaking-study-highlights-porn-phenomenon-in-america.aspx

Christian Newswire link:
http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/4146777242.html

Contacts:

Mike Schwager, Worldlink Media: 954-423-4414, moschwager@aol.com

John Hanrahan, Worldlink Media: 917-216-7098, hanrahan.john@gmail.com

Roxanne Stone, Barna Group: 970-221-4182, rstone@barna.org

Justin Nations, Josh McDowell Ministry: 706-207-9590, justin.nations@josh.org





News Conference on “THE PORN PHENOMENON”

THE PORN PHENOMENONMEDIA ADVISORY ALERT & RSVP Announcing News Conference on THE PORN PHENOMENON: A COMPREHENSIVE NEW SURVEY ON AMERICANS, THE CHURCH, AND PORNOGRAPHY

Groundbreaking Study Reveals Changing Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Pornography—Especially Among Teens and Young Adults

When:     Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 – 10 AM

Where:    (refreshments served)

Omni Berkshire Hotel
Vanderbilt Room (ground floor, rear lobby)
21 East 52nd Street (52nd St and Madison Ave, entrance on 52nd Street)
Manhattan/New York City

RSVP to: John Hanrahan (hanrahan.john@gmail.com) or Mike Schwager (moschwager@aol.com)

(New York, NY – January 8, 2016) – The increasing impact and reach of pornography in the digital age cannot be overstated. In this survey—the most comprehensive, in-depth and wide-ranging study to date on pornography among the American population—the research reveals a younger and younger exposure to pornography, increased desensitization and an escalating usage of pornography. These results are particularly evident among teens and young adults—and reach into the Christian church as well.

Detailed survey findings will be announced at a news conference on Tuesday, January 19th at 10 AM Eastern time at The Omni Berkshire Hotel, in the Vanderbilt Room, 21 East 52nd Street in New York City. Abbreviated random highlights of the survey include the following, with more detail and many more findings and disclosures to be presented at the news conference:

  • More than one quarter (27%) of young adults ages 25 – 30 first viewed pornography before puberty.
  • Nearly half of young people actively seek out porn weekly or more often
  • Teens & Young Adults consider “not recycling” more immoral than viewing pornography 
  • Teenage girls and young women are significantly more likely to actively seek out porn than women over age 25
  • 66% of Teens and Young Adults have received a sexually explicit image and 41% have sent one
  • More than half of Christian youth pastors have had at least one teen come to them for help in dealing with porn in the past 12 months
  • 21% of youth pastors and 14% of pastors admit they currently struggle with using porn. About 12% of Youth Pastors and 5% of Pastors say they are addicted to porn.

 NOTE: At the January 19th News Conference, survey results include:

  • How Americans Define Porn
  • Changing Attitudes Toward Porn
  • Increasing Pervasiveness of Porn
  • How Americans Use Porn
  • Pornography Among Teens
  • “Porn 2.0”: sexting, social media and “personal” porn
  • Pastors & Porn
  • Porn in the Church

A wide-ranging, nationally-representative audience of nearly 3,000 participated in four online studies, including in-depth surveys among the general population, American teenagers, Christian pastors and the Christian church.

The research study was conducted by Barna Group, a visionary research and resource company located in Ventura, California. Started in 1984, the firm is widely considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture. The study has been commissioned by Josh McDowell Ministry, a Cru ministry based in Plano, Texas.

“It is vital to raise awareness about the threat of Internet pornography,” said Josh McDowell. “Pornography violates all relational values between the individual and self, the individual and society, the unity of our families and our moral fabric and fiber as a nation. When we objectify and demean life by removing the sanctity of the human person, our future is at risk.

 

Presenters at the news conference are: David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group (https://www.barna.org/); Roxanne Stone, editor in chief of Barna Group; and Josh McDowell, founder of Josh McDowell Ministry (/).

David Kinnaman has overseen studies polling the opinions and perspectives of more than 400,000 individuals. He has designed and analyzed research for Easter Seals, Habitat for Humanity, NBC Universal, the Salvation Army, Sony, the American Bible Society, World Vision, Harper Collins and many others. He has been quoted in major media outlets including USA Today, Washington Post, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and CNN.

Roxanne Stone was one of the lead designers and analysts on the Porn Phenomenon study and is the editor in chief at Barna Group and the general editor of the Barna FRAMES series. For more than a decade, Roxanne has been an editor and writer focusing on the intersection of faith and culture.

Josh McDowell is a speaker and writer specializing in Christian thought, contemporary culture and family relationships. Since 1961, he has delivered more than 27,000 talks to over 25,000,000 people in 125 countries. He is the author or co-author of 145 books, including New Evidence That Demands A Verdict, recognized by World Magazine as one of the top 40 books of the twentieth century.

“We hope and pray that the findings of ‘The Porn Phenomenon’ survey, will not only point to the seriousness of the situation, but open ways to creatively seek solutions and help us network with other organizations to help families and individuals of all ages and stages,” said McDowell.

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Contacts:

Mike Schwager, Worldlink Media: 954-423-4414, moschwager@aol.com

John Hanrahan, Worldlink Media: 917-216-7098, hanrahan.john@gmail.com

Roxanne Stone, Barna Group: 970-221-4182, rstone@barna.org

Justin Nations, Josh McDowell Ministry: 706-207-9590, justin.nations@josh.org




“Beauty of Intolerance” — NEW resource from Josh & Sean McDowell

Media Contact: Kelsey Hulgan
kelsey@iconmediagroup.com, 404-754-3474

JOSH & SEAN MCDOWELL ADVOCATE FOR INTOLERANCE IN AN INCLUSIVE CULTURE

New resource from father/son duo points to biblical truth, bridges gap between understandings of tolerance

“We believe it is possible to truly love and accept people with whom we significantly disagree—even if such an approach is increasingly considered intolerant.”

Uhrichsville, Ohio (November 2015)—Mother Teresa was intolerant of poverty. Martin Luther King was intolerant of racism. Jesus was intolerant of bigotry. So why has our culture deemed “intolerant” a dirty word when it can clearly be a beautiful thing?

Father and son duo Josh and Sean McDowell take a deep dive into truth and tolerance, examining how culture has shifted their meanings and what can be done to return to a biblical narrative in the new book The Beauty of Intolerance: Setting a Generation Free to Know Truth & Love (Shiloh Run Press, February 2016).

“This generation of young people is calling for tolerance of practically every belief and lifestyle under the sun,” write the McDowells. “They call for a new tolerance in hopes of being celebrated for their uniqueness—those things that set them apart. They want to be validated for who they are and what they feel.”

Josh and Sean examine the evolution from traditional to cultural tolerance, highlighting how two different generations view the issue and pinpointing a shift in the source of moral truth as the biggest proponent of change. Culture says that moral truth is found within the individual, rather than in the Bible.

“Step by step, we discover how biblical truth actually peels back the curtain to expose the error of the cultural view and its champion—tolerance.”

Through The Beauty of Intolerance and The Beauty of Intolerance Study Guide, the McDowells provide clarity on today’s cultural view of tolerance, detect its inaccuracies, and offer practical insight to live out a biblical view of tolerance.

Josh and Sean are available for interviews and can speak to:

  • The true meaning of tolerance: how to love those with different views
  • The fine line between tolerance and intolerance
  • What the Bible actually says about tolerance
  • How parents can respond to the tolerance their children often seek

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact kelsey@iconmediagroup.com. 

Josh McDowell has been at the forefront of cultural trends and groundbreaking ministry for more than five decades. Since 1961, he has delivered more than 27,000 talks to more than 25 million people in 125 countries. He is the author or co-author of 145 books.

Sean McDowell, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Biola University in the MA Christian apologetics program. He is also a bestselling author of more than 15 books. Sean is an internationally recognized speaker for conferences, universities, schools, and churches.

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Josh McDowell Ministry Launches New Website

Josh McDowell Ministry Launches New Website

For Immediate Release

PRESS CONTACT: Josh McDowell Ministry; media@josh.org

JOSH MCDOWELL MINISTRY LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE; DEBUTS NEW BLOG AND EXTENSIVE FREE CONTENT

DALLAS, TX, October 28, 2015—Josh McDowell Ministry is pleased to announce the launch of its fully-featured website, www.Josh.org. The new site has extensive content including advanced research and ministry resources in the areas of apologetics, family, pornography, sex and relationships, and spiritual growth.

The website will continue to serve students, parents, leaders, churches and virtual movements who are looking for time-tested and reliable resources as they find answers to questions about God, the Bible, relationships, or life’s issues, wherever they are in the world.

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Best-selling author and speaker, Josh McDowell, has been at the forefront of cultural trends and groundbreaking ministry for more than 50 years. The Josh McDowell Ministry, a Cru ministry, serves and equips the Body of Christ in raising generations of purpose-driven Christians who know what they believe, why it is true, and how to live it out.

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McDowell Releases Most Convincing Apologetic Book, “God-Breathed” (April ’15)

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For Immediate Release

PRESS CONTACT: Gregg Wooding, Cell: 972-567-7660, gregg@iampronline.com

BEST-SELLING AUTHOR IDENTIFIES TEXT IN EGYPTIAN ARTIFACTS THAT REINFORCE POWER AND RELIABILITY OF SCRIPTURE

International Speaker and Author Josh McDowell Releases Most Convincing Apologetic Book, Titled “God-Breathed,” That Reveals Rare Artifacts Confirming Ancient Biblical Texts

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UHRICHSVILLE, OH, February 25, 2015—Best-selling author Josh McDowell literally breaks new ground to offer the church and skeptics alike tangible facts for the accuracy and reliability of the Bible in his latest book, titled God-Breathed—the Undeniable Power and Reliability of Scripture (Shiloh Run Press, April 2015). In one of his most convincing apologetics messages of his five-decade-long ministry, McDowell presents the fascinating and compelling story of how recent archaeological finds—acquired from a long standing private selection of Egyptian artifacts and other objects made from papyrus dating back nearly 2,000 years—underscore the power and reliability of Scripture. For more information and to download a free booklet, visit http://www.readgodbreathed.com/.

In “God-Breathed,” Josh chronicles his recent identification of ancient fragments and a 540-year-old Torah, along with his personal journey to faith as an unbelieving skeptic of Christianity and the Bible, to present a compelling case that God’s Word can be trusted to be undeniably reliable. Meanwhile in the U.S., skepticism about the truth of the Bible continues to rise according to a 2014 Barna Group study. It found the number of those who are skeptical or agnostic toward the Bible—who believe that the Bible is “just another book of teachings written by men that contains stories and advice”—has nearly doubled from 10% to 19% in just three years.

“Each book, each page and each paragraph of Scripture was written through the lens of its human spokesmen, yet it still communicates the exact message God wants us to receive,” McDowell said. “His words were supernaturally guided through his selected human instruments so that his truth would be vivid and relevant to our lives. With God as the author and men as the writers, the sixty-six books of the Bible can rightly be called the Word of God.”

In December of 2013, McDowell assembled a team of international scholars, to identify rare Egyptian cartinage and other ancient artifacts — dating back as far as 1,600 and 2,200 years — in hopes of finding fragments of ancient scriptural writings. Ancient manuscript and language experts extracted and initially analyzed and identified the papyri within these artifacts as six New Testament passages and one Old Testament manuscript fragment—seven treasures in all! While all the manuscripts are yet unpublished and must be further scrutinized to determine the exact content and more precise dating, we do know what passages these are from—Mark 15, John 14, Matthew 6 and 7, 1 John 2, Galatians 4 and Jeremiah 33—and the approximate time period. Scholars say that six of these manuscripts are possibly the earliest known Coptic papyrus of these passages in existence today. Josh has launched the Heroic Truth Experience, a live speaking tour to showcase his ministry’s museum-quality biblical artifacts as irrefutable evidence of the Bible’s reliability.

“My hope is that this God-Breathed book will help people realize not only that the word of God is true, but also that it is alive and powerful. I equally want people to be convinced they can trust the Bible because the evidence is so incredible,” Josh said.

Since his radical conversion to Christianity in college, Josh has been a walking testimony of how ancient fragments of Scripture powerfully drew him to God. Those ancient manuscripts and the evidence of their reliability brought him to the conclusion that they were not only true and reliable, but also that Christ was who he said he was—the Son of God who came to save the world.

In 1961, Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus. Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 27,000 talks in 125 countries. Josh has authored or co-authored 142 books in over one hundred languages including, More Than a Carpenter –over 27 million copies distributed—and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict –named one of the twentieth century’s top 40 books.

Shiloh Run Press is an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc. that focuses on Christian living resources by uniquely qualified new and experienced authors with fresh messages for today’s Christian.

 

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40+ years of marriage, McDowell shares “10 Ways to Say ‘I Love You'” (Feb ’15)

10 Ways to Say “I Love You”: Embracing a Love That Lasts

To have and to hold from this day forward, to love and to cherish…

That’s where all the romance novels end, but it’s not the end of your love story. The wedding vows are just the beginning of your marriage. You’ve made the choice to be with your spouse. To maintain a healthy relationship, you’ll need to keep making wise choices…from this day forward.

Author and speaker Josh McDowell has been learning that lesson for more than 40 years, and now he shares the insightful, practical choices that make a marriage thrive. Learn the power of choosing to

  • make your spiritual life a priority
  • resolve conflicts quickly
  • keep your love life fresh
  • master the art of communication
  • become a great listener

This straightforward, concise resource will teach you how to love and cherish your spouse. You’ll never regret investing in your marriage!

  • Retail Price: 12.99
  • Release Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 192
  • Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
  • Binding: Trade
  • ISBN: 978-0-7369-5387-0
  • Case Lot Quantity: 64
  • Publisher: Harvest House

Purchase online

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NASCAR and Josh McDowell Team Up

NASCAR and Josh McDowell Team Up to Promote Inspiring, True Movie ‘Undaunted’

www.Josh.org/Undaunted

DALLAS – Oct. 31, 2012 – Supporters are literally racing to help promote the inspiring faith film UNDAUNTED: THE EARLY LIFE OF JOSH McDOWELL, which launched on DVD this month. NASCAR team MacDonald Motorsports; author and film producer Jeff Elliott; and film distributor EchoLight Studios team with Josh McDowell Ministry to highlight the film at Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway with on-car promotion, DVD giveaways and special appearances by McDowell with drivers and race fans.

“The opportunity to reach NASCAR’s vast audience with UNDAUNTED’s message of hope and the power of forgiveness is truly awesome,” said McDowell, a world-renown Christian apologist, author and humanitarian. “I know this story of finding faith and God’s love through the most challenging circumstances will resonate and spread word of the film to many who need to hear about it.”

UNDAUNTED: THE EARLY LIFE OF JOSH McDOWELL is an award-winning, “pull no punches” docudrama. A dysfunctional family life, an alcoholic and violent father, and a sexually abusive worker on the family farm contributed to deep scars in McDowell’s life, causing him to deny God’s existence. UNDAUNTED unfolds the dramatic spiritual transformation that occurs when Josh faces his past head-on and puts everything in God’s hands. Produced by Moonlit Pictures, UNDAUNTED is distributed by EchoLight Studios.

The NASCAR opportunity for UNDAUNTED weaves a fascinating story in itself. Many members of the MacDonald Motorsports team have long supported Motor Racing Outreach (MRO), which offers chapel services for NASCAR drivers and teams. Inspired by theUNDAUNTED story, MacDonald Motorsports truly stepped up by making the car available through a sponsorship package to gain awareness for the film, and Josh’s story of God’s love.

Enter Jeff Elliott, a retired Illinois firefighter telling an overcoming faith story of his own. Elliott wrote a book and has now connected to SOUL SURFER producer Dutch Hoffstetter to make HOOVEY, a film about his son miraculously recovering from brain tumor surgery and eventually achieving his dream to play college basketball. Working with EchoLight Studios, which has green lit HOOVEY based on the true story, Elliott learned of UNDAUNTED and the NASCAR opportunity. He immediately felt compelled to help underwrite the cost of the sponsorship.

“A story like Josh’s—of faith winning out over adversity—just touched my heart because in my family we needed that same faith as our son faced brain surgery,” Elliott said. “I’m proud to be a part of bringing Josh and UNDAUNTED to ‘NASCAR nation.’”

With the sponsorship, McDowell gains a rare opportunity to encourage NASCAR teams at the Motor Racing Outreach services this Saturday before the O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge, part of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series. And in addition to other exposure, McDowell will also lead Sunday’s MRO services before NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500, and be on hand for the race, meeting drivers, teams and fans and encouraging them with his story.

“Being able to take advantage of this NASCAR opportunity—people coming together to inspire and uplift—is exactly the kind of story EchoLight Studios was created to share,” EchoLight Chief Global Strategist Christopher Morrow said. “What a privilege it is to partner in bringing the vital message of UNDAUNTED to NASCAR’s millions of fans.”

UNDAUNTED is available now through such leading online and retail providers as ChristianCinema.com, Amazon.com, CBD, Family Christian Stores and Walmart among many others.

About Josh McDowell: Since 1961, Josh McDowell has crisscrossed the world sharing the Good News about Jesus with the Josh McDowell Ministry under the umbrella of Cru (the U.S. division of Campus Crusade for Christ International). He has spoken to more than 25 million people, through 26,000 talks, in 125 countries. Josh has written or co-written more than 138 books including New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, named by Christianity Today as among the most influential Christian books of the past 60 years. In addition, Josh’s humanitarian relief efforts have sent more than $46 million worth of aid to help children in the former Soviet Union. Learn more at Josh.org.

About MacDonald Motorsports: MacDonald Motorsports owner Randy MacDonald has been around NASCAR circles since 1985, when he began his own racing career with the loving support of his father “Doc” and his mother, Pat MacDonald. As a NASCAR driver, Randy was successful in making it all the way to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The MacDonald family became NASCAR team owners in 1986 and have fielded cars in all three of NASCAR’s elite series following faith-based principles.

About EchoLight Studios: EchoLight Studios is the first vertically integrated Christian movie studio to offer production financing, marketing and distribution across all releasing platforms. Based in Dallas, EchoLight produces and distributes high-quality faith and family-friendly entertainment through a full film distribution platform servicing theatrical, home video, digital/VOD and broadcast in both U.S. domestic and international markets.

For interviews, contact:  Michael Conrad  Michael@Lovell-Fairchild.com 214-616-0320

For more information about:

UNDAUNTED EchoLight.com/undaunted

EchoLight Studios EchoLight.com

MacDonald Motorsports MMS81.com

For film clips and trailer, visit:  http://www.ChristianCinema.com/undaunted       http://www.wingclips.com/movie-clips/undaunted

And visit Lovell-Fairchild.com/pressroom for:

  • UNDAUNTED Press Release
  • UNDAUNTED Backgrounder
  • UNDAUNTED Bios
  • UNDAUNTED FAQs
  • UNDAUNTED Endorsements

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www.Josh.org/Undaunted




“UNDAUNTED” Awarded Prestigious Crown Awards

 

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CONTACT:
Scott Lonski 972-537-0843
Scott.Lonski@echolight.com

“UNDAUNTED” AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS CROWN AWARDS

‘Undaunted: The Early Life of Josh McDowell’ receives two Crown Awards at the International Christian Visual Media Conference

FLOWER MOUND, TX – July 20, 2012 – Josh McDowell Ministry was honored by the International Christian Visual Media Conference this past week in Orlando, FL with two of its celebrated Crown Awards. “Undaunted: The Early Life of Josh McDowell” won in two categories, one of which was for “Best Evangelistic Film.”

The Crown Awards which recognize excellence in production and content of films and videos that reflect Christian values in a secular world represent an international endorsement of this project and the message it sends to a hurting world.

Josh McDowell had this to say about the award; “We’re honored and humbled with this recognition by the International Christian Visual Media Conference.  It is reflective of what we see God doing with this film around the world in the lives of the hurting and lost.  While people everywhere struggle with similar scars, it is our Heavenly Father who can take the broken pieces and create something beautiful, filled with hope and purpose.”

The film, which is a docudrama, focuses on the early years of Josh McDowell’s life growing up in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father and a sexually abusive caregiver. McDowell’s tragic childhood is the foundation that sets him on a path that would turn him from agnostic to evangelist as he searches for truth as a college student.

“We are so excited about this project for several reasons,” says Bobby Downes, President of EchoLight studios.  “Not only has Josh McDowell produced a film of the highest quality, this film represents a ministry tool that will heal the hurting and lead the unsaved to Christ for the next century and beyond, so the recognition by ICVM is just further evidence that God is going to do amazing things with this project.”

Undaunted: The Early Life of Josh McDowell is slated for release in October of 2012 and is being distributed by EchoLight Studios.

About Josh McDowell Ministry

For over 50 years, the Josh McDowell Ministry, a division of Campus Crusade for Christ, International, has focused on serving and equipping churches, pastors, families and people everywhere in raising generations of purpose-driven Christians who know what they believe, why it is true, and how to live out their Christian faith.

About EchoLight

EchoLight Studios is a world-class, 21st century studio producing and distributing high-quality faith and family-friendly entertainment.




Argentina Shocked and Encouraged by Josh McDowell

Release on: July 17, 2012

Press Release Author: Josh McDowell Ministry

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: PLANO, TX: Argentina Shocked and Encouraged by Josh McDowell.

PLANO, TX, July 17, 2012- The Bare Facts Latin America Tour 2012 Effectively Shed Light on Sex, Love, and Relationships

Overview

Reaching across cultures, Josh McDowell successfully opened the eyes of eager participants in Argentina on material from The Bare Facts: 39 Questions Your Parents Hope You Never Ask About Sex. Giving a Biblical vision of God’s design for sex, discussing ground-level application of imparting this truth to youth, and answering questions without limitations, this tour is literally changing the direction of a sexualized culture. McDowell visited 6 cities in Argentina from May 22nd to June 2nd, speaking to audiences numbering 3,350 and 2,800 in various settings. The participants’ responses were overwhelmingly positive:

Javier Santini, representative of the Catholic Church Compañía de Jesús in Córdoba, Argentina states: “I have two small children and this seminar opened my eyes. I never imagined that these things were taking place. Thank you for touching a taboo subject in the religious community. The world is changing all around us without asking our permission, and we need to be trained to respond anywhere and everywhere. My most sincere thanks for what Josh shared, and I extend my commitment to share this information with as many families as possible. To care for and to shepherd is not just a slogan; it is a cause worthy of our attention.

In addition, Andrea, a teacher and director of a ministry to children, said, “It is indescribable how much light has shed on hidden realities that our children suffer from. I always suspected some of these things but had never had the benefit of information and guidance that the seminar gives. The information is concerning, but at the same time, I now have training and encouragement to know that there is hope.”

The seminar included 10 hours of intensive training, presentations, and Q&A time. Each seminar closed with Undaunted, the docudrama on McDowell’s early life with an alcoholic father, sexual abuse, severe dysfunction, and hopelessness. While heart wrenching to watch, it’s raw account and honest confrontation of these taboo topics disarms the hearts of its audience to wrestle with the goodness and redemptive plan of God. Participants also received a Bare Facts certificate and a copy of the book in Spanish. Supplemental training DVD’s are currently being edited and will be made available as soon as possible.

With over 50 years in ministry, Josh continues to find that nothing sabotages faith commitments and spiritual growth of children, teens and college students more than sexual experimentation. Josh produced The Bare Facts campaign in response to pleas for tools on the issues of sex, love and relationships from youth and culture leaders in Latin America, Asia and even Middle Eastern nations. As part of a 45-city speaking tour in 15 countries throughout 2012, McDowell is currently touring Latin America with his Bare Facts campaign.

Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 10 million young people, giving over 24,000 talks in 118 countries. Since 1960, Josh has written or co-authored 120 books.

For more information, visit www.laverdaddesnuda.org and The Bare Facts.

Contact Details:

Media should contact Josh McDowell Ministry at media@josh.org.




Latest Resource With “Mature Content” Warning

Release on: May 24, 2012

Press Release Author: Josh McDowell Ministry

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: PLANO, TX: Latest Resource With “Mature Content” Warning.

PLANO, TX, May 24, 2012— Josh McDowell launched provocative but tasteful resources to raise awareness about the threat of online pornography

Overview

Josh McDowell, a leading advocate for children and the preservation of the Christian family, has launched Just1ClickAway.org, a new series of provocative but tastefully produced resources that raise awareness about the growing threat of online pornography. Released just in time for summer vacation when students’ media consumption significantly increases, the Just1ClickAway.org website, video and articles from McDowell and his network of participating organizations offer solutions for families and individuals of all ages and stages. Josh placed a warning label on the video because of its mature content.

McDowell said, “The greatest threat to the cause of Christ is pervasive sexuality and pornography. Today we have, by and large, lost control of the controls because an intrusive immorality is just one click away from our children. With just one keystroke on a smartphone, iPad, or laptop, a child can open up some of the worst pornography and sexually graphic content you can imagine. There’s never been such access in history. ”

Just1ClickAway.org contains the latest resources in The Bare Facts, McDowell’s biblically based, medically sound and culturally relevant campaign that provides youth and those who influence them with an understanding of love, sexuality and relationships.

Pornography is an equal opportunity intruder in the newly released Just1ClickAway.org video: a young boy on his laptop in the privacy of his bedroom, a father clutching a TV remote in the family room, and a teenage girl on her PDA in the kitchen. Dramatically portrayed as male and female tempters (wearing clothes), pornography aggressively preys on and attacks its victim, virtually in plain view of unsuspecting family members.

The video shares disturbing statistics about the destructive impact of pornography on the Christian family, including:

  • More than one-billion pornographic websites are one click away.
  • The average age of first-time views of pornography is 9 years old.
  • 80 percent of 15-17 year olds have been exposed to hardcore porn.
  • The adult pornography industry reports that 20-30 percent of their traffic comes from children.
  • Half of all Christian families report that pornography is a problem.
  • 68 percent of divorces happen when one partners finds a pornographic lover online.
  • And, 30 percent of pastors have viewed pornography in the last 30 days, among others.

With over 50 years in ministry, Josh continues to find that nothing sabotages faith commitments and spiritual growth of children, teens and college students more than sexual experimentation. Josh produced The Bare Facts campaign in response to pleas for tools on the issues of sex, love and relationships from youth and culture leaders in Latin America, Asia and even Middle Eastern nations. As part of a 45-city speaking tour in 15 countries throughout 2012, McDowell is currently touring Latin America with his Bare Facts campaign.

Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 10 million young people, giving over 24,000 talks in 118 countries. Since 1960, Josh has written or co-authored 120 books.

For information, visit www.Just1ClickAway.org.

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Josh McDowell’s Legacy Collection at OKWU

Release on: February 17, 2012

Press Release Author: Josh McDowell Ministry for Wesleyan Information Network

Industry: Non Profit

Press Release Summary: DALLAS, TEXAS: Josh McDowell’s Legacy Collection at OKWU.

DALLAS, TX, February 17, 2012 — Josh McDowell’s Legacy Collection at OKWU

Overview

The complete published works of Christian apologist and activist Josh McDowell, entitled the Josh McDowell Legacy Collection, will be added to the Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s Drake Library on February 24, the same day on which McDowell will speak at OKWU’s chapel.

The author of More Than a Carpenter will receive an honorary doctorate from OKWU that day.

Drake Library, in Bartlesville, OK, will be the only one in the United States to contain McDowell’s works in its entirety. McDowell has written or co-written more than 77 books. Along with his interest in ministry and apologetics, he has a particular passion for youth ministry. He has addressed more than 10 million young people, giving over 24,000 talks in 118 countries.

Many of his books and speaking engagements specifically target teens and pre-teens, encouraging them to come to Christ and remain pure, and for parents (particularly fathers) to build a supportive relationship that will encourage their children.

Source: http://www.wesleyan.org/doc/news/article/1897

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MORE THAN A CARPENTER’ AUTHOR DOTES ON HIS BELOVED DOTTIE AS SECRET TO LIFETIME OF SUCCESS

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‘MORE THAN A CARPENTER’ AUTHOR DOTES ON HIS BELOVED DOTTIE AS SECRET TO LIFETIME OF SUCCESS

Best-Selling Author and International Speaker Josh McDowell Accepts Lifetime Achievement Award at Christian Booksellers Association Annual Conference With Words of Adoration For Dottie, His Wife of 43 Years

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ORLANDO, FL, June 28, 2015 — Behind every great man, there is a great woman. Josh McDowell is no exception to this rule.

Today, McDowell, the best-selling author of “More Than A Carpenter” and “New Evidence That Demands a Verdict” who has penned 142 books in 100 languanges since 1960, praised his wife Dottie as the reason for his ministry success, while being honored with the Christian Bookseller Association’s (CBA) highest honor—the International Lifetime Achievement Award. It was awarded at opening ceremonies at the annual International Christian Retail Show (ICRS), currently being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL, June 28-July 1.

Dottie, McDowell’s beloved wife of 43 years, sat on the front row among a crowd of his industry peers including Duane Zook, Josh McDowell Ministry president. Accepting the plaque from CBA President Curtis Riskey with his name engraved on it, Josh doted on Dottie: “I never knew a woman could love a man so much. God has used my wife, Dottie, to change my life, and I am so grateful!”

In spite of all the honors and awards Josh has received over the years, he consistently tells everyone enthusiastically that his greatest joys and pleasures come from his family. Fittingly, before accepting the award, CBA played a surprise home video produced by and starring McDowell’s four children and 10 grandchildren on the jumbo overhead screen. “God has faithfully allowed my ministry, my family and me to share his God-breathed word for more than 50 years,” Josh added.

“God-Breathed” is McDowell’s most recent book, published by Shiloh Run Press, a division of Barbour Publishing. In conjunction with the launch of “God-Breathed,” McDowell will unveil for booksellers and convention attendees his recent acquisition of ancient Egyptian burial fragments that contain some of the earliest recordings of the Bible, dating back between 1600 to 2200 BC, to underscore the reliability of biblical scripture.

CBA President Curtis Riskey bestowed McDowell with the honor, saying, “We see Josh as a pivotal leader for our industry. We are excited to present this special award to Josh this year for his outstanding service and lifelong accomplishment in creating, distributing, and using Christian resources to achieve ministry and further the Gospel around the world.” Then, he shared a personal story about when Josh planted a seed of faith in his life while speaking at his college. “I am so thankful Josh came to Oshkosh, WI, and how many more million lives has his ministry touched?”

Barbour Publishing President & CEO Tim Martins said of McDowell’s achievement, “We are delighted to partner with Josh McDowell and his ministry during such an important milestone in his prolific ministry. We pray that Josh will continue to touch lives with biblical truth for the Kingdom of God.”

Josh McDowell Ministry President Duane Zook said, “Over the past 34 years of serving alongside Josh, I have seen his consistent enthusiasm and passion for letting everyone in the world hear about Jesus. I am thrilled that Josh has received this Lifetime Achievement Award. And I know that this award will motivate him even more to communicate biblical truth, so that there are true followers of Jesus everywhere who live, defend, and share their faith.”

Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has addressed more than 25 million people, giving over 27,000 talks in 125 countries. Among his publishing accomplishments, Josh has distributed more than 27 million copies of his popular More Than A Carpenter, and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict was named one of the twentieth century’s top 40 books and one of the thirteen most influential books of the last 50 years on Christian thought by World Magazine. In addition to many other awards, Josh has been nominated 36 times for the Gold Medallion Award and has received that award on four occasions.

As Josh traveled to other countries, he quickly realized that where people were sick, homeless, and hungry, words were not enough. In 1991, Josh founded Operation Carelift, currently known as GAIN, to meet the physical and spiritual needs he discovered in orphanages, hospitals, schools, and prisons in the countries of the former Soviet Union.

As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith.

After his conversion, his plans for law school turned instead to plans to tell a doubting world about the truth of Jesus Christ. After studying at Kellogg College, Josh completed his college degree at Wheaton College and then attended Talbot Theological Seminary, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Divinity degree.

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