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Religion Among the Millennials

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A Statistical Survey by the Pew Foundation. From the introduction to the report: By some key measures, Americans ages 18 to 29 are considerably less religious than older Americans. Fewer young adults belong to any particular faith than older people do today. They also are less likely to be affiliated than their parents’ and grandparents’ generations were when they were young. Fully one-in-four members of the Millennial generation – so called because they were born after 1980 and began to come of age around the year 2000 – are unaffiliated with any particular faith. Indeed, Millennials are significantly more unaffiliated than…

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Why Living Together Before Marriage is Bad – Negative Effects of Cohabitation

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The principle of inoculating our children teaches us to proactively bring up thoughts they will encounter in the world and actively deal with them.  Since the 60s, marriage has been under assault. Today we can see that the anti-marriage message has won among non-Christians.  Living together before marriage is the accepted norm. How will we handle this? We can tell them that it violates God’s word. But it helpful to also show that there are negative effects in this life of disobeying God. God’s word is for our best. We need to proactively bring the message of purity until marriage…

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Tim Tebow – Standing for Righteousness

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Yesterday’s post was on taking a stand for righteousness and the resulting flack that comes our way. A recent pro-choice Washington Post columnist defends Tim Tebow for his stand on life and his stand on purity. Print down the article and show to our sons as an example of standing for righteousness. Might also be good to show to our girls as what to look for in a guy.

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2=1: Or Why You Need to Protect Your Children from Deception

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Part of our calling to shepherd our children (and the flock if you are a pastor) is the realization that false teachers can turn truth on its head. We inoculate children by warning them of this ability of those who would teach what is not true. Just for fun, here is a proof that two equals one. Only of course two does not equal one. There is a hidden problem with this proof. See if you can find it. HT: Jeff Sylva, my kids science teacher. a=b a2 = ab a2 – b2 = ab – b2 (a + b)(a…

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Hypersocializing

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Jeffery Zaslow of The Wall Street Journal writes about the lifestyle of young people using the term “hypersocializing.”  Al Mohler comments on this article His article should be read by parents, pastors, teachers, and anyone who cares about the minds and souls of young people. As prophets of technological pessimism from Jacques Ellul to Neil Postman have reminded us, every technology comes with an effect on the soul. How does this digital revolution effect the souls of young people who quite literally sleep with cellphones on the pillow, lest they miss a text message in the night? What space is…

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Statistics

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As I come across statistics, I want to post them online for all of us to see. Although we need not fear, as parents we do need to be informed. Today’s statistic: The Barna Group reported on those who are in their twenties. They found that only 20% of students “have maintained a level of spiritual activity consistent with their high school experiences.” The College Student Survey (originally at www.gseis.ucla.edu/heri/css_po.html) asked student about their religious commitment as freshmen and then four years later as seniors.  On every type of campus there was a drop in faith. The numbers of students…

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King David’s Palace Discovered

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Liberal scholars doubt the truthfulness of the biblical record. But over time, the archeological discoveries only prove the truthfulness of the Bible. They never disprove it. Today we have word that King David’s palace is believed to be discovered, much to the surprise of those who see the OT stories as mere fiction. If I have to choose between trusting in the Bible or trusting in the doubters, I’ll place my bet with the Bible any day. HT: BTW

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