Category: Religious Retailing

Fair Game for Religions

The market for religious board games and toys like these is tiny, and a bit quirky. But sales numbers indicate demand is growing as families demand wholesome entertainment, selections expand and the Internet gives greater access to retailers.

Nation’s largest Christian retail chain to open on Sundays

DALLAS- In a sign of how much America’s traditional day of rest has changed, Family Christian Stores _ the nation’s largest Christian retail chain _ will open Sundays starting this weekend. The change at Family Christian’s 315 stores in 39 states will make Bibles and Christian resources available on “the day that Christians most attend to their spiritual needs,” said Dave Browne, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company. Over the past month, Family Christian tested its plan to open from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays in 18 Dallas-Fort Worth area stores and reported a positive response from

Christian Capitalism : Megachurches, Megabusinesses

NEW YORK – Maybe churches aren’t so different from corporations. World Changers Ministries, for instance, operates a music studio, publishing house, computer graphic design suite and owns its own record label. The Potter’s House also has a record label as well as a daily talk show, a prison satellite network that broadcasts in 260 prisons and a twice-a-week Webcast. New Birth Missionary Baptist Church has a chief operating officer and a special effects 3-D Web site that offers videos-on-demand. It publishes a magazine and holds Cashflow 101 Game Nights. And Lakewood Church, which recently leased the Compaq Center, former home

‘Revolve’ New Testament trivializes Gospel message, Moore says on MSNBC

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Thomas Nelson Publishers’ “Revolve” New Testament — a New Testament packaged to resemble a fashion magazine — “tends to trivialize the message of the Gospel,” Russell Moore said on MSNBC Sept. 13. div> Moore, assistant professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., appeared on the cable network to discuss the new a spokesperson for Thomas Nelson Publishers, Laurie Whaley. Designed specifically to appeal to teenage girls, the fast-selling product features New Testament books interspersed with items normally reserved for fashion magazines. Released in mid-July, the new Bible includes features such as dating tips,

Fashion Bible: Questions for Laurie Whaley

“Revolve,” a Bible for teenage girls designed to resemble a fashion magazine, has zipped up the sales list with record speed. Isn’t that unusual for the New Testament? How did you come up with the idea? div> We at Thomas Nelson Publishers in Nashville did some research and found that teens don’t read the Bible. They say it is too freaky and too big and it doesn’t make sense. The only thing they read is fashion magazines, so we thought, What if we made the Bible look like a magazine? But Glamour, with their emphasis on acquiring the latest

Bible gets a makeover as teen-girl magazine

The Bible has been reprocessed into films, audiotapes, comic books and Broadway musicals, with editions aimed at numerous specialized audiences. So why not try a format that mimics teens’ pop-culture magazines? div> Behold Revolve, the New Testament disguised as a glossy magazine aimed at girls 12 to 17, in which Holy Writ is jumbled alongside innumerable sidebars, splashy headlines and color photos — all minus the sexual titillation of Seventeen. New York’s Daily News proclaimed the magazine “clever” and “funky,” and one teenager enthusiastically told the Detroit Free Press that she doesn’t look ridiculous reading it at lunch as she

Book publisher: Amazing response to Bible magazine

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Don’t judge the Good Book by its cover. That’s what a Christian publishing house is preaching. Transit Books has taken a cue from the likes of “Vogue” and “Cosmo” and published the magazine “Revolve.” You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but “Revolve” is actually a glossy version of the New Testament aimed at teenage girls. div> WOLF BLITZER, ANCHOR: I’m joined now from Nashville by Kate Etue. She’s the senior editor of Transit Books, publisher of “Revolve.” Kate, thanks very much for joining us. We have here, and I’ll show our viewers, of course, the