What do warthogs, pelicans, energy swords and Spartan lasers have in common? And how do they relate to John 1:17?
They're all part of a video game called Halo 3, the top-selling video game of 2007 that pre-sold more than 1 million copies two months before it even hit stores. In the first two weeks after its release, Halo 3-the third installment of Microsoft's first-person shooter game-made more than $300 million in sales.
The game is so popular many churches across the country are hosting Halo nights-evenings filled with pizza, camaraderie and multiple-player games emblazoning across several television screens. Proponents say the nights aim to reach teenagers-mostly boys-on their own terms and show that churches can be relevant in a world filled with emerging technologies.