Volumes could be and have been written on the prophecies of God’s Book. Space alone for- bids the telling of the boundless store. Unbelievers have often said to me, “If I could see a miracle, I would believe.” Prophecy is equivalent to any miracle and is in itself miraculous. Christ, the greatest teacher of all time, declared, “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke l6:3l.
Finally, and perhaps most interestingly, the country seems to be split in half in terms of how often people get to services. Roughly 51 percent of Americans say they go to church or another worship service somewhere between once a month and multiple times per week, while 49 percent said they go rarely or never. But within that 51 percent, more than half of people said they go more often than they used to—in other words, about quarter of Americans have gotten more active in their religious communities in recent years, not less.
If you are still holding down the fort on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m., and Sunday mornings at 11 alone, you have one hook in the water. If you add services at other times and on other days, you are putting lots of hooks in the water. More hooks = more fish.
This is on the church! And very sad! FH
Perhaps the most striking trend in American religion in recent years has been the growing percentage of adults who do not identify with a religious group. And the vast majority of these religious “nones” (78%) say they were raised as a member of a particular religion before shedding their religious identity in adulthood.
Foa and Mounk’s paper is bracing. If the trends they identify continue, the West, including the United States, faces a political transformation unlike anything we have seen for generations. Liberal democracy doesn’t look like it’s about to collapse, they concede. But, then, neither did world communism, even right before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Christian leaders need to teach the values of civil public discourse. Before we expect it from anyone else, we must be the ones to model the path.It starts with obeying the Great Commandment to love your neighbor and following the Golden Rule. It makes us better listeners, wise in when and how to use our words, and not easily offended or angered.More than a good zinger or a clever quip to try to win an argument, we should desire real discourse for the good of the causes we believe in and for the good of the world that we care to convince.
In a supreme act of self-delusion, the university boasts its new hiring policy shows a “commitment to diversity and inclusion.” Funny how screening out conservatives, including many evangelical Christians and practicing Catholics, is apparently a step towards greater “diversity” and “inclusion.” Orwell must be laughing.
Christianity is not fundamentally a religion of external improvement, but internal re-birth. Because of humanity’s natural condition, we are unable and unwilling to come to God. Man’s fundamental condition requires far more than improvement. The Christian doctrines describe the act of God rendering converts as new spiritual creations. Naturally, the creature is incapable of re-creating himself from within. In his act of sovereign grace, the Creator makes converts by performing an act of soul-birth. Externally, the individual appears unchanged. Internally, everything is new.
Today, young adults ages 18 to 29 are less than half as likely to be white Christians as seniors age 65 and older. Nearly 7 in 10 American seniors (67 percent) are white Christians, compared to fewer than 3 in 10 (29 percent) young adults.
One of the authors I coach has a book coming out in September, and we are in the process of ramping up some strategy in anticipation of the book launch. As much as I love serving authors as they serve their readers, the fact is that success is often measured by numbers more than it…