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NFL ties, Christian entrepreneurship rank as top reads on Pew for ’13

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

A Christian clothing line founded by a former NFL player ranks as the top read story on Inside The Pew for 2013.

Mark Clayton, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in 2005, launched his own clothing line – My Christian T – back in 2011.Mark Clayton Although Clayton confirmed with Inside The Pew on Twitter in 2012 that he no longer operates the clothing, there is still an interest in the wide receiver’s entrepreneurial aspirations.

Clayton was traded to the St. Louis Rams in 2010, but injuries signed the Oklahoma Sooner’s career in the NFL. He told Sean Devine of Did You See That?! in September he has no regrets about his NFL playing days.

“Every minute, every experience, every relationship, I’ll never forget any of it. I’m working hard to come back and I hope to continue my career. Hopefully we can add some more stories, relationships, and experiences to my legacy.”

Three other sports related stories made the top 10. The filming of a biopic on high school football coach Bob Ladouceur in New Orleans came in at No. 4, while stories about Super Bowl XLVII coaches (and brothers) Jim Harbaugh and John Harbaugh were ranked No. 7 and  No. 8, respectively.

The story of Tyres Dixon, a Houston resident who works for the United Way and winner of the nonprofit organization’s Achiever of the Year, landed at No. 2 on the list.

Three stories from the Pew Business spotlight landed in the top 10. Whitening Lightning founder Jennifer Gerard (No. 3), National Association for the Exchange of Industrial Resources (NAEIR) president and CEO Gary C. Smith (No. 9), and Ezechiel “Zeke” Bambolo and First Born Son Inc. (No. 5) made the annual list.

Grelan Muse Sr., founder of Inside The Pew, was pleased at the amount of popularity generated by the spotlight. The section was officially launched in March.

“When we created the section, we wanted to help boost the presence of like-minded entrepreneurs who take Him in to the workplace every day. These types of stories are what our readers want to see. Hopefully, Christians who are considering entrepreneurship can draw from the stories of these individuals.”

Fly Away Records and its Rhythm of Gospel Music Award nominations (No. 10) and Melanie Stone’s column on the attributes of a Kingdom builder (No. 6) rounded out the top 10.

List of top stories

  1. NFL wide receiver launcher clothing line to give glory to God
  2. Goodwill Industries names Houston man 2013 Achiever of the Year
  3. Gerard to fellow entrepreneurs: Trust Him, great things will occur
  4. Filming of Bob Ladouceur movie takes place in New Orleans
  5. The First Born Son Inc. helps restore individuals and families
  6. Stone: Five marks of a kingdom builder
  7. Side of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh we don’t see everyday
  8. John Harbaugh slated keynote speaker at FCA Maryland event
  9. NAEIR redistributes corporations’ unsold products to nonprofits
  10. Fly Away Records snags Rhythm of Gospel Award nod

Pew Business provides offline, online networking for Christian business owners

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By Jacob Trimmer
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Pew Business has officially opened.

Grelan Muse Sr., founder of Inside The Pew, has officially announced the premiere of Pew Business, a section of the magazine that highlights business-related news from the Christian perspective.

He said the section is in step with the mission he established when the publication was founded in March 2009.

“We want to the Christian community to have a place where business owners can network with one another and create business connections,” he said. “We are the body, and we want to highlight for-profit businesses that understand God’s word and use it in the workplace.”

Muse said Pew Business spotlight has been up on the site since March. One of the first stories included in Pew Business was Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby. The National Bible Association presented Green with the John M. Templeton Biblical Values Award on April 15.

Muse said Lusi Chien, a Stanford University MBA candidate, who created the Bible Heroes app for children has also been featured in Pew Business. Just recently, Chien raised more than $5,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to allow her ministry to translate the apps into several languages.

Columnists from the business world and book reviews will grace the section. Current columnists include Dave Rawles, founder of CareerSolutions, a job seeker ministry that helps people land careers that is based in Bedford. Rawles is a former corporate HR executive. There is also Ahmad Davis, coach for Victory By Design in Beaumont, Texas. Davis provides readers with financial literacy advice.

Also included in the section are Pew Business spotlights. Each spotlight features small business owners who exemplify the core Christian principles in their work world. These features will run weekly beginning May 2.

“Throughout our years of service to Christian readers, we have run stories about the Christianity in the workplace, now we are bring other types of articles into the blueprint,” Muse said.

In the fall, Inside The Pew will sponsor business mixer events in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. These events will allow business owners to network with one another in person. He said more details will be presented as they become available.

To become a volunteer writer, email Tonya Andris, features and book reviewer for Inside The Pew, at pewnews@aol.com.

Hobby Lobby president to receive business honor from Bible organization

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By Grelan Muse Sr.
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Steve Green, president of arts and crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby (www.hobbylobby.com), has been named the 2013 recipient of the John M. Templeton Biblical Values Award by the National Steve Green, president of Hobby LobbyBible Association (www.nationalbible.org). The organization will recognize Green’s accomplishment at the annual NBA awards luncheon in New York City on April 15 at the Union League Club.

“I am honored to receive the award,” Green said during an interview with Inside The Pew. “I am humbled to join the ranks of other leaders who are committed to the Bible to guide their spiritual and religious beliefs as well as their business.”

The award is named after John M. Templeton, who successfully integrated work and his Christian faith. By using his investing talents to help ordinary people and practicing biblical values in the work world, Templeton serves as a model to all business executives of faith.

“The honor goes to a nationally recognized business leader who exhibits values the Bible promotes, takes the Bible into the marketplace, and lives it, said Richard Glickstein, president of the New York-based organization.

“Matthew 6:33 says to seek His kingdom and His righteousness. Steve Green exemplifies that in the market place. In business, it is difficult to choose biblical values over the money. With Green and his entire family, it is God first, the company second. They live that out every day.”

Founder in the early 1970s and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., Hobby Lobby has 525 arts and crafts retail stores with more than 20,000 employees in the U.S. The decision to close stores on Sundays cost the company more than $100 million in product sales each year. The decision to pay all new employees at least 80 percent more than the minimum wage is a further reflection of the company’s values. Hobby Lobby also offers biblically based spiritual and financial counseling to its employees.

“The guidelines that are given to us in Scripture. We believe they are God given. As our Creator, He knows what works best. Sometimes it is counterintuitive we think to be the most successful we have to be open longer hours, but the guideline the Scripture says to take a day of rest, Green said.

“As we apply the principles the scripture the Bible gives us, we believe this is what is best for the business. Not that we won’t have challenges or struggles and operate the business according to biblical principles that we will find the most success in our lives and in business by doing that.”

Nearly half of Hobby Lobby’s annual profits are donated according to Biblical principles and for the promotion and reading of the Bible itself. These donations have allowed Hobby Lobby to acquire one of the world’s largest private collections of Bibles and Biblical artifacts, a collection that will be housed in a 50,000-square foot Bible museum opening in Washington, D.C., in the near future. Green has been at the forefront of this project since its beginning in 2009.

NBA will also make a $25,000 donation to a nonprofit charity designated by Green that has biblical values.

Glickstein said the NBA was founded 71 years ago during World War II by a group of American business leaders. The mission of the organization is to encourage individuals to read the Bible. Early in the existence of the NBA, the members were asked by NBC radio to read the Bible over the station’s coverage of the Japanese’s attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Tonya Andris contributed to this report.

Super Bowl inspiration: Gospel celebration set for Feb. 1 in New Orleans

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By Grelan Muse Sr.
Inside The Pew

BATON ROUGE, La. – The great sounds of gospel music will take center stage at Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans on Friday, Feb. 1 with the 14th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.

The musical celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakefront Arena on the campus of the University of New Orleans, 6801 Franklin Ave. in New Orleans.

Slated to perform at the NFL-sanctioned event are some of the best gospel artists today, including Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Paul S. Morton, LeCrea, Pastor Marvin Winans, and Fantasia Barrino. Kirk Franklin will serve as host of the music portion, with “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd as MC for the event. Also, the audience will be treated to performances featuring the sixth annual NFL Players Choir. The 40-member ensemble includes current and former players and coaches. The choir allows NFL players who are Christians to share their love for Him in song. Past participants have included Donovan McNabb, Kurt Warner, Cris Carter, Darrell Green, Deion Sanders, John Elway, and Lovie Smith.

Melanie Few Harrison, creator and producer of the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, announced Jan. 28 the celebration will feature a tribute to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis as the second Lifetime of Inspirations award winner. Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy is the only other winner of the prestigious award, as he was present the award in 2009.

“His (Ray Lewis) accomplishments and triumphs have inspired football fans, teammates and colleagues – a true representation of what the essence of the convergence of faith and football is all about,” Harrison said. “As a big supporter of the event, Ray Lewis has attended many Super Bowl Gospel Celebrations and sang in the NFL Players Choir, so we are beyond thrilled to honor him in what is sure to be a memorable year.”

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster. Learn more about the SBGC and the performers at http://www.superbowlgospel.com/

The old man is gone. A new man appears.

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By Grelan Muse Sr.
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Going to church on Sunday as a kid was always interesting. My family and I used to attend an old wooden church which sat on the hill in Amite, La. We did not have central air to keep us cool, only a box fan. Service got going at 11 a.m. and the time we shared with the Lord and in fellowship with each other was priceless. The only heat that went on at our church was the fire the congregation showed for the Lord.

The old saints would rejoice and all we had was one big drum and a few tambourines to work with. We clapped our hands and sang praises to the Lord such as Payday is Coming After While and It’s Gonna Rain. Then, the spirit of God encompassed us. The young people had to get up and testify as well. We were so happy to do so and tell how good God had been to us that week. I could feel the power moving all around me and others in the room. As a teenager, I didn’t understand everything that was going on, but I knew it was the anointing that destroyed the yoke, and, at that time, the anointing had broken down the strong holds of the enemy. We were so enthralled with the spirit the physical conditions of the church were no longer a concern.

Now I can appreciate what was happening within my congregation. The Bible says we all were born into sin. The experience of falling in love with Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost and being born again in the spirit separates us from sin. Once we allow the Holy Spirit to enter our minds and heart, we can live the life Jesus lived. At this point we are free, and we graciously allow the Holy Ghost to come into our lives. This is why you see adults and teenagers crying like babies because there is no more sin in their lives; they are new creatures in Jesus Christ. We are babes in God’s sight (1 Corinthians 3:1, KJV).

My experience reminds me of the story in Acts 2:1-4 when the Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (KJV).

The old man is gone, and a new man is here. The scripture shows the importance of letting the new spirit come in. I can see God working even as I write this column. I encourage those who have allowed the eternal flame to fizzle out to rekindle it. I pray the Holy Ghost will move in your life once again and bring you closer to the One who loves dearly loves you.

Grelan Muse Sr. is founder of Inside The Pew (@pewnews) and Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries . Email responses to this column to pewnews@aol.com. Follow Pastor Muse on Twitter @gremuse.

 

Inside The Pew to cater to Christian literature enthusiasts

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By Jacob Trimmer
Inside The Pew

Do you enjoy reading and writing Christian literature?

Inside The Pew is set to launch a portion of its web magazine that will target Christian writers and authors.

Grelan Muse, founder of Inside The Pew, said the section will provide new and established Christian writers with another avenue to market their work.

“Our ultimate goal is to unite the body of Christ, and the writing talents of these authors is another means to meet the goal,” Muse said. “Judging by synopses we have received thus far, there’s a variety of topics covered in the books, from autobiographies to overcoming church hurt. Our readers will benefit from learning the stories of the authors regardless of the topic.”

Muse said the first review written by a Pew staff member is slated to premiere April 9. Until the premiere, there will be occasion preview reviews. Muse said a new work will be reviewed every other week. Author spotlights are available for a small tax-deductible donation to the ministry.

A section dedicated to short stories and poetry is also in the works, he said.

For consideration, email a synopsis or a press release, a photo of the book’s cover, and a photo of the author (f available) to pewnews@aol.com. For eBooks, submit a link to the work.

Knowing the difference

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By Pastor Grelan A. Muse
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When I was a boy growing up in Amite, La., my siblings and I had friends that would come over and play. We would always like to play games, especially with the ones we hadn’t seen in a long time. Calling myself funny, I would love to trick the younger kids. The older buds would not fall for it, but the less experienced children would. The question was, “If you had to believe in someone would it be

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Satan or the devil?”  My brothers and sisters would stand around that kid looking and waiting for the answer so we all can laugh and talk about it to others.

Not comprehending the difference, the kid would stand there thinking, and he would say “Satan.” We would laugh at the answer provided and every time we seen that kid, we would make fun of him until it was not funny anymore. I believe some of us are just like that kid – confused. They don’t know the difference between loving the things of the world and the love of the Father.

At first, I didn’t understand why we allow our kids to walk around with their pants below their waist, let the youth get tattoos on their body and just about every youth that you see wants to rap. This is the ways of the world. Christian parents are working hard to buy the pants and shirts for the youth to wear, giving them money to buy music and all other things of the world. So this is why one kid kills another for the shoes that is on his feet. Parents cry and tell the youth that they work hard to give them the things they want and they repay them by disrespecting them by talking back and not going to church and getting involved in drugs and alcohol. But there is one thing the Bible says about worldly love. In 1 John 2:15-16, the author says, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

When it comes to the Scripture, it is a clear-cut line. Some Christian parents try to keep their children up with the Joneses when God doesn’t want this for anyone. Instill in your children that things of the world are not the true treasures to strive for. Make the Almighty the ultimate gift. Lust of the flesh and eyes divides homes and families. Pride of life drives corporations into the ground. All these misfortunes are not an imagination of one’s mind. These things are not of the Father, and we need to avoid them at all costs.

I go back to the young child back in Amite, La., who was fooled mainly because he didn’t know better. My fellow Christians, don’t be blinded by Satan. Ignorance is not bliss. Stand behind the truth. What might look good isn’t always what it seems. I heard a sermon one time that being a God-fearing person is one of the hardest things. We are bombarded with images and news that takes away from God’s law. What are we to believe? Remember, culture changes. God’s word doesn’t. Amen.

Grelan A. Muse Sr. is founder of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries Inc.. and Inside The Pew, a nonprofit organization based in Baton Rouge, La. Follow him on Twitter @gremuse.

Spreading the word: Christian news for the masses

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Editor’s note: This is the first story that ran in the premiere online edition of Inside The Pew on March 3, 2009.

He wanted a means for Christians to effectively communicate with one another.

She had a desire to help future journalists hone their skills.

These two ideas serve as the backdrop in creating www.insidethepew.net. The Web site caters to the Christian communities of Southeast and North Texas, and South Louisiana.

Now in its third week of existence, the site is gaining in popularity. It has been featured in the following publications: The Port Arthur News, Hammond Daily Star, Baton Rouge Advocate, and Christian News Wire.

“I have encountered a lot of positive feedback on The Pew,” Tonya Whitaker, who serves as managing editor, said. “The churches have been helpful and more than willing to get us their news.”

The Pew all started one day with a phone conversation between Pastor Grelan Muse Sr., founder of Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries Inc., a registered nonprofit organization based in Baton Rouge, La., and Whitaker, a newspaper copy editor and writer.

“I told Tonya I always wanted to start a religion newspaper,” Muse said. “She said she had been thinking about beginning a newspaper to help train future journalists for quite a while. However, she told me that it would be a better idea to start a religion news Web site. I am glad she suggested this because with the Web, we can reach a greater number of people.

“I asked her how soon it would be to make this dream a reality. She said, ‘Sooner than you think.’”

After months of planning and both dodging hurricanes (Muse’s Baton Rouge was hit with Gustav, while Whitaker’s Port Arthur, Texas, was impacted by Ike), he appointed the 10-year newspaper journalist managing editor. She will oversee the content of the site, train interns and staff development.

“Tonya is intelligent, smart and her greatness is yet to come,” Muse said. “She has the ability and the skills for the job and to be a great leader.”

Whitaker got her first experience covering church-related news as a staff writer for The Orange Leader in August 2005. She had the opportunity to write stories on how churches in Orange helped Hurricane Katrina evacuees who came to the area fleeing the deadly storm.

“Faith-based news is usually relegated to one page on Saturday in newspapers,” Whitaker said. “I want to provide an avenue for churches and ministries to tell of the good deeds they do in His name. I want all types, shapes and forms of religion news covered.”

Whitaker said another portion of the Web site is to allow individuals who are not from the journalism field and have an interest in writing to volunteer. In addition, in the future, she wants to implement an internship for students who are journalism majors in college and high school students interested in pursuing it at the undergraduate level.

“I am excited to see my aspirations come to light,” she said. “I thank Pastor Muse for the opportunity.”

Individuals interested in lending their talents to writing and editing are encouraged to send a resume and writing samples to Whitaker at pewnews@aol.com. For more information on Emanuel and The Mainline Ministries, visit emmnetwork.org.