Well, at least I think these items are!
The overall marriage rate is in decline- except within the gay community. How ironic is that? At a time when heterosexuals are devaluing marriage and choosing to simply live together, the homosexual community is aggressively crusading for marriage rights and flocking to the states that now allow it.
The Southern Baptists have been padding their numbers. According to the recent issue of Christianity Today, their claim of a 16.2 membership is greatly inflated. In terms of adherents acutally regularly worshipping in SBC churches the number comes in at 6.15 million. And I thought the Churches of Christ had a problem with this! 😉
For all of you baseball fans out there, Brad Ziegler just broke a 101 year old major league baseball record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched to begin a major league career. Brad is a member of the Church of Christ from Odessa, MO where his dad is the preacher. The Christian Chronicle has all the details online.
We expected they’d choose the more contemporary options, but they were clearly more drawn to the aesthetics of the Gothic building than the run-of-the-mill, modern church building. Ed Stetzer, who is director of LifeWay Research made this statement based upon their research which found that unchurched people between ages 25 and 34 were twice as likely as older folks to prefer the more ornate, Gothic type church exteriors. I include this because it is just more evidence of the trend among younger people away from the modern mega-church to the more orthodox churches. (For more on this- see this blogpost.)
It is the economy, stupid! Or is it? According to at least one study released by a group called Giving USA charitable giving rose by 1 percent in 2007. But the Salvation Army is saying otherwise. Used clothing and furniture donations to them have dropped 20%. Some churches of my acquantence are feeling the pinch. Others seem to be doing well. What does all this mean? I really don’t have an answer. 🙂
Do you remember the poem, Footprints in the Sand? Do you remember who wrote it? Probably not, but several folks are now in a very heated court battle to try to determine authorship. I wonder if any of the parties involved ever followed the footprints to Paul’s teachings about lawsuits and personal sacrifice in 1st Corinthians?
And finally- from the “Go Figure” section of Christianity Today: There is a total of 21% of self-described “atheists” who say that they believe in God. Interesting.
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