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Christian retailers encouraged to 'stand and engage' Print Email
Written by Ann Byle   
Monday, 27 June 2016 04:49 PM America/New_York

KenHamChristian retailers and suppliers were called to "Stand and Engage" during Monday's General Session at Unite 2016. Curtis Riskey, president of CBA, spoke to the crowd of several hundred about “connecting in new ways to make the gospel relevant.”

Riskey introduced Ken Ham, author, president of Answers in Genesis and creator of the Ark Encounter, which opens July 7 in Williamstown, Kentucky. Ham is building a life-sized Noah's ark as “a reminder to dig again the wells so that the water of God continues to flow,” Ham said. “We are on the precipice of catastrophic change in this nation as we see the collapse of Christian culture.”

CBA's Curtis Riskey promises 'new ways of doing business' Print Email
Written by Natalie Gillespie   
Monday, 27 June 2016 12:34 PM America/New_York

ICRS2016-RibbonCutting2About 50 retailers and exhibitors gathered at the 2016 ICRS ribbon-cutting ceremony, waiting to be the first to arrive on the exhibit hall floor of the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. The show’s move to Cincinnati represents “the start of a smaller, more intimate, more nimble place for us to strengthen relationships with each other and do business well,” said CBA Chairman of the Board Sue Smith, manager of Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Christian Retailing's Best awards announced at Unite 2016 Print Email
Written by Jenny Rose Curtis   
Monday, 27 June 2016 11:29 AM America/New_York

CRBest-BHWinnersB&H Publishing Group was the runaway winner with 13 awards at the 2016 Christian Retailing’s Best awards. Christian Retailing announced the awards celebrating the best products of the year Monday morning during Unite 2016 (International Christian Retail Show) in Cincinnati. Abingdon Press also had a good showing, winning five awards, while both Lighthouse Christian Products and Baker Publishing Group won four.

Pastor Chris Hill encourages Christian products industry Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 11:49 PM America/New_York

ChrisHillAttendees of CBA’s Unite 2016 in Cincinnati participated in a Worship Him! service packed with three hours of Spirit-filled praise, inspiring speakers and significant awards.

Chris Hill, senior pastor of The Potter’s House in Denver, Colorado, preached on the life of David before the shepherd became king, a message based on his new book, Walking to Jerusalem (David C Cook).

Kay Arthur wins Golden Scroll Lifetime Achievement Award Print Email
Written by Christine D. Johnson   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:16 PM America/New_York

AWSAGoldenScroll-2016Torry Martin, a humorist with long red hair and lots of flair, had a guilt problem. He wanted to be free from guilt, so he set out to prove the Bible was wrong. Then, via a poster in an Anchorage, Alaska, laundromat, the Holy Spirit invited him to “Come see if the Bible is real.”

Martin told the story of how God turned his life upside down through that Precept BIble study poster. Later he became a licensed Precept leader, a fact all the more significant because he filled in as keynote speaker for Kay Arthur at Sunday afternoon’s AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) Golden Scroll Awards banquet. Arthur, executive vice president and co-CEO of Precept Ministries International, stayed home after her husband, Jack, was hospitalized this week.

Vote for the best products of 2015 Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 21 March 2016 02:05 PM America/New_York

CRBest15-TrophiesChristian Retailing invites Christian retailers, publishers and all who work in the Christian trade to help us name the top products of 2015 in this year's Christian Retailing's Best awards. The voting period runs through March 31.

Click here to vote in more than 35 product categories, including Coloring Books, Devotionals, General Gift Product and DVD: Book/Bible Study.

‘Miracles From Heaven’ debuts in box office top 3 Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 21 March 2016 12:37 PM America/New_York

miracles-from-heavenMiracles From Heaven debuted in theaters to strong reviews and expected box-office performance. Early receipts estimate that the inspirational movie from TriStar made approximately $15 million in 3,047 theaters, reaching No. 3 at the domestic box office.

Miracles From Heaven was not the only faith-based film in theaters this weekend. Risen made $1.1 million and ranked No. 12 in its fifth week of release. The Young Messiah fell to No. 13 in its second week, grossing $1 million.

Study: Digital payments see 20 percent boost globally Print Email
Written by Taylor Berglund   
Monday, 21 March 2016 12:24 PM America/New_York

juniper-research-logoA new study from Juniper Research has found the annual transaction value of online, mobile and contactless payments will reach $3.6 trillion this year. This total is up from $3 trillion in 2015, resulting in a 20 percent increase.

The new study, “Digital Payment Strategies: Online, Mobile & Contactless 2016-2020,” argues that the recent surge in contactless payments would continue, fueled by further scaling up of infrastructure rollout and increased card payment limits in key markets. The research also anticipates that while cards will account for 90 percent of contactless payments over the next five years, the deployment of NFC (Near Field Communications) payments by high-profile players such as Apple and Samsung would increase consumer awareness and usage of smartphones to fulfill transactions.