July 1st, 2011
05:29 PM ET

Pastor explains, 'Why I don't sing the national anthem.'

On Friday, Mennonite pastor Mark Schloneger explained to CNN's Kyra Phillips his objection to singing the 'Star Spangled Banner.'

Early Schloneger wrote about it here on the belief blog. It was a topic that generated a lot of interest and over 4,000 comments.

You can read Schloneger's original post here.

You can read how people responded to the post here.

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July 1st, 2011
05:00 AM ET

My Take: Wired pastor says unplug

Editor's Note: Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv. He, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Okla., where LifeChurch.tv began in 1996. A bestselling author, his latest new book is called "WEIRD: Because Normal Isn’t Working."

By Craig Groeschel, Special to CNN

Like millions of people, I Twitter, Facebook and blog. Though I hesitate to admit it, I even take my iPhone into the bathroom with me — just in case I need to do a little extra business (pun intended). Since we live in a tech-savvy world, our church, LifeChurch.tv, loves to leverage technology to spread the message of faith in Christ.

Our church was honored to create The Bible App, a free tool to help people engage with God’s word. The Bible App has been installed on more than 19 million unique devices (and counting). And last year alone, our Church Online services drew nearly 3 million unique visits.


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