Thinking Out Loud

March 3, 2011

Your Opinions Matter: 5 Quick Clicks

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  1. How Young is Too Young? – Believer’s Baptism of Younger Children
  2. How Young is Too Young? – Young Children Taking Communion
  3. How Much is Too Much? – Compensation for CEOs of Charities and Non-Profits
  4. How Many is Too Many? – Contemplating the Large Family Issue
  5. How Far is Too Far? – Crossing the Line from a Quirky Doctrinal Position to Outright Heresy

December 22, 2010

Wednesday Link List

Twas the night before the night before the night before Christmas, and all through the blogs…

  • Here’s a series of four television commercials produced by an online counseling ministry, Groundwire.   And here’s the page containing hundreds of mostly 60-second radio spots.   The spots encourage you to go to a website where you speak with a “spiritual coach.”   If anyone knows more about the doctrinal affiliation of this org., I’d love to learn more beyond what’s on the webpage.   The voice of Groundwire is Sean Dunn, but you can learn more at Daniel White’s blog.
  • With another Narnia movie on the big screen, the CNN Belief Blog notes that C. S. Lewis is more popular than ever.
  • At a deeper level, here’s an excellent piece by Jared Wilson at The Thinklings indicating clearly that Lewis did not regard The Chronicles as allegory.
  • With people lined up at airports across western Europe for the holidays, and children lined up to see Santa; it’s a good time to join Royal Ferris in asking, Where is the Line to see Jesus?
  • So is religion good or bad?   Depends who, and more accurately where you ask apparently, as this ipsos survey found out:

  • And while we’re running charts, here’s an interesting one.   While getting bogged down in a read of Revelation, Daniel Jepsen notes, “I know that ‘all scripture is profitable’ but that doesn’t mean it is all equally profitable. ”   Uh, okay.   So here’s his Bible Book Matrix graphing both his take on the importance of each Bible book with its level of difficulty.   Do you agree with his positioning of your favorite book?

  • Apparently there’s no extra charge for the extra white space.   And since we’re now on a chart roll, it’s time to flash back to the famous “I’ve got a thing for charts” edition of the Wednesday Link List, the “Millenium Matrix.”

  • Here’s a link to a blog called the SexRev blog.    Hey, we like to link on the edge here.    This is a post about a cool new acronym the youth guys at Willow Creek thought up to teach their kids how to pray.
  • And speaking of kids — well, younger ones — who says the present generation is Biblically illiterate?  The kids in this video, seem to have the basics — well, some of them — of the Christmas story.  (Major high speed internet connection; or lots of patience required.)
  • Some of this blog’s best work happens on the weekend, when some of you are away.  So here’s a reminder to visit Saturday’s When ‘OMG’ and ‘WTF’ Come to Church.
  • Canadian readers:  Only a couple of days left to respond to our Salvation Army ikettle.
  • Our cartoon this week needs no introduction… [HT: Trevin Wax]

January 14, 2009

Barna Group Finds Christianity Losing Dominance as America’s Default Faith

Filed under: Christianity, Faith, Religion — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:13 pm

“You’re from the States? Then you must be a Christian”

(Ventura, California) – For much of America’s history, the assumption was that if you were born in America, you would affiliate with the Christian faith. A new nationwide survey by The Barna Group, however, indicates that people’s views have changed. The study discovered that half of all adults now contend that Christianity is just one of many options that Americans choose from and that a huge majority of adults pick and choose what they believe rather than adopt a church or denomination’s slate of beliefs. Still, most people say their faith is becoming increasingly important as a source of personal moral guidance.

Continue reading the Barna Group press release here.

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