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Sex Before Marriage among christians

June 6th, 2008

Here is a new Christianity Today poll which I found quite interesting:
Christianity Today Poll
Did you wait until you were married to have sex?
Yes, and I’m married now.
43%
Yes, and I’m still waiting.
9%
No, but I felt it was beyond my control.
2%
No.
34%
No, I think sex requires a commitment, but not necessarily marriage vows.
3%
Depends on what you mean by “have sex.”
5%
Other
4%

Total Votes: 3968

39% of Christianity Today readers leave church

April 23rd, 2008

Having been a pastor, I simultaneously understand this behavior and wince at the same time. I have had a brief period of time in my 35+ years as a Christian that I did not go to church, I simply could not take it. As it is right now, I attend a post-modern emergent service at a Methodist church on Tuesday nights. I enjoy it very much and many times am one of the oldest people there.

More on Kinnaman, “Unchristian”

April 2nd, 2008

Troubling? Kinnaman’s interviews find that we are perceived in 3 basic ways by unbelievers in the USA. 1.Judgmental, 2.Anti-gay, 3.Hypocritical. I suspect that Paul the Apostle would give us some advice. I think he would be correct in assessing that we need it.

More on Kinnaman, "Unchristian"

April 2nd, 2008

Troubling? Kinnaman’s interviews find that we are perceived in 3 basic ways by unbelievers in the USA. 1.Judgmental, 2.Anti-gay, 3.Hypocritical. I suspect that Paul the Apostle would give us some advice. I think he would be correct in assessing that we need it.

Kinnaman, “Unchristian”

March 29th, 2008

In 2007, Barna’s new organizational President, Kinnaman finished this sober work looking at what 16-29 year olds think of the church and christians in the west. To say this is “not pretty” is an understatement. Among other things, more young christians find the “f word” on network television more offensive than couples living together before marriage. We have a problem that extends beyond unbelievers not liking us. Our churches are filled with people that do not understand the Scriptures.

Kinnaman, "Unchristian"

March 29th, 2008

In 2007, Barna’s new organizational President, Kinnaman finished this sober work looking at what 16-29 year olds think of the church and christians in the west. To say this is “not pretty” is an understatement. Among other things, more young christians find the “f word” on network television more offensive than couples living together before marriage. We have a problem that extends beyond unbelievers not liking us. Our churches are filled with people that do not understand the Scriptures.

Dan Kimball’s book

March 19th, 2008

“They Like Jesus but not the Church” moves me two ways simultaneously. Kimball says things to us that we must say we like about reaching people graciously. At the same time, he writes about all of the terrible things we do in the church to drive people away and unfortunately, they are also mostly true. The answer is to preach the truth in love–that is a lot easier to write about than to do. He writes about tatoos, goths, lesbians, fundamentalists. He hits everybody. The tension is in not throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Dan Kimball's book

March 19th, 2008

“They Like Jesus but not the Church” moves me two ways simultaneously. Kimball says things to us that we must say we like about reaching people graciously. At the same time, he writes about all of the terrible things we do in the church to drive people away and unfortunately, they are also mostly true. The answer is to preach the truth in love–that is a lot easier to write about than to do. He writes about tatoos, goths, lesbians, fundamentalists. He hits everybody. The tension is in not throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Christians in Jordan getting booted

March 2nd, 2008

Check this article out from the Washington Times. Julia Duin wrote it.

David Tyree, miracle catch in Super Bowl, devout Christian

February 28th, 2008

I was pleased to find out today that David Tyree, [who caught Eli Manning’s pass in the super bowl and held it to his helmet], is a serious believer. That is good news.

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