- Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 14:54
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America Is Still Generally Pro-Bible, But Bible Skeptics* Now Balance Out the Bible Engaged
NEW YORK, April 9, 2014—After four years of research, American Bible Society has found the Bible landscape in the U.S. is shifting. A new report released today finds the percentage of Americans who are considered “Bible engaged”i is now equal to the percentage who do not believe the Bible to be sacredii—both at 19 percent. The latest findings are in American Bible Society’s fourth annual State of the Bible survey. Since 2011, this latter category of “Bible skeptics” has risen from 10 percent to 19 percent of those surveyed. During the same period, the percentage considered “Bible-friendly”iii dropped from 45 percent to 37 percent, while “Bible-engaged” remained steady. The percentage of those considered neutraliv toward the Bible, 26 percent in 2014, has remained statistically unchanged.
The report, conducted by Barna Group, details Americans’ beliefs about the Bible, its role in society, its presence in U.S. homes and other information about the best-selling book of all time. As in previous years, the survey found the Bible remains a highly valued, influential force in America. But beliefs about the Bible and its role in society are becoming increasingly polarized—particularly when the data are examined by age group.
Overall, Millennials (ages 18–29) are driving the shift toward Bible indifference. Among Millennials, the 2014 State of the Bible survey found:
• Nineteen percent believe no literature is sacred (compared to 13 percent of all adults), while 64 percent believe the Bible is sacred literature (compared to 79 percent of all adults).
• Thirty-five percent believe the Bible contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life, as compared with 50 percent for all adults.
• While 50 percent of all adults believe the Bible has too little influence in society, only 30 percent of Millennials express the same belief. By way of comparison, 61 percent of Elders (those 68+) surveyed said they believe the Bible has too little influence in society.
• Thirty-nine percent of Millennials never read the Bible, as compared to 26 percent of all adults.
“With four years of data from American Bible Society’s State of the Bible research, we are now able to see trends in attitudes about and behaviors around the Bible,” said Roy Peterson, president and CEO of American Bible Society. ”The increasing polarization in attitudes about the Bible has implications for us as a nation and for our churches and families.”
Peterson, who took the helm of American Bible Society in February, believes there is reason to hope for an upswing in Bible engagement in the future. “American adults, young and old alike, overwhelmingly recognize a moral decline is taking place in the nation,” said Peterson. “As they seek solutions, we hope they will find the Bible as the guidebook that can reverse the decline and help its readers make sense of life.”
New Book Provides ‘Kingdom Path’ Map to Help Churches and Ministries Achieve Godly
WINCHESTER, Va. – “The Choice: The Christ-centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes,” a new book from ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability), examines the most important yet least examined issue in ministry today: how we determine success. Defining success is one of the most challenging decisions churches and ministries make. Improper views of success can severely impact organizational governance, financial management and fundraising/stewardship — three of the pillars on which ECFA (www.ecfa.org) is founded.The financial accountability ministry asked three organizational professionals — Dr. Gary G. Hoag, Dr. R. Scott Rodin and Dr. Wesley K. Willmer — to explore these issues in “The Choice” and map a Christ-centered course for churches and ministries that is biblically faithful and positions the ministries ECFA serves for fruitfulness.
The authors also address the temptations of culturally defined success, including production-driven leadership, expansion-focused strategies, earthly oriented metrics, results-based management and a utilitarian view of resources.
“For too long, secular values and cultural norms have served as enticements to how we operate our ministries and define success,” said Dan Busby, president of ECFA. “These standards push us to achieve higher and greater results — but often at the expense of a biblical roadmap. ‘The Choice’ puts us back on the right path and will hopefully assist churches in mapping rewarding and faithful futures.”
“The Choice” recently was selected as the Christian Leadership Alliance’s 2014 featured conference publication. The conference will take place in Dallas, Texas, April 14-16. Numerous Christian leaders have already spoken highly of “The Choice.”
“With all the Christian formulas of leadership that simply mimic popular models and smatter them with some Bible, you’ll find in ‘The Choice’ a refreshingly different take,” said Barry H. Corey, president of Biola University. ”Here’s a book that starts with the Book and draws the reader into what Christ-centered ministry and leadership should look like.”
“When it comes to running our churches and ministries, it requires a consuming adoration for the Savior not to become seduced by the ways of our culture,” said Joni Eareckson Tada, founder of Joni and Friends International Disability Center. “‘The Choice’ helps us turn away from those siren calls that can drown out the Spirit’s guiding whispers …. This book is so timely for today’s Christian leaders — I highly recommend it.”
The authors tackle three temptations that churches and ministries face — control, idolatry and pride — and provide 10 marks that identify Christ-centered ministry, including submission to the Father, prayerful strategic planning and raising kingdom resources, among several others. “The Choice” also includes a variety of practical resources for small groups and larger ministry settings. ECFA chose three authors for “The Choice” who brought decades of successful and biblically focused organizational experience. Dr. Gary G. Hoag provides spiritual and strategic counsel for denominational leaders. Dr. R. Scott Rodin has served for nearly three decades as counsel, coach and trainer for nonprofit organizations around the world. Dr. Wesley K. Willmer is senior vice president of advancement for Prison Fellowship Ministries.
“We put this book together not only as a way to provide a kingdom path of success for organizations at all levels and stages of development, but also to help them flourish according to Christ’s standards,” Busby said. “We hope and pray ‘The Choice’ will catalyze a Great Awakening worldwide — from lay people to leaders and from employees to executives.”
“The Choice” can be purchased by visiting thechoicebook.org.
ECFA, founded in 1979, provides accreditation to leading Christian churches and nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with the ECFA standards pertaining to financial accountability, fundraising and board governance. To learn more about ECFA, including information about accreditation and a listing of ECFA-accredited members, visit www.ecfa.org or call 1-800-323-9473.
- See more at: http://pressreleases.religionnews.com/2014/04/14/new-book-provides-kingdom-path-map-help-churches-ministries-achieve-godly-outcomes/#sthash.u CtB6U9u.dpuf
Priest. Messenger of the Truth. Died for Religious Freedom. Future Saint. Do you know him?
Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko was the courageous chaplain of the Solidarity movement in Poland in the early 1980’s, and it was his strong faith, conviction and courage that mobilized a nation to stand against the communist regime there. The remarkable story of Father Jerzy, a 21st century hero of human rights who was murdered is 1984 by the Polish government, is told in the award-winning documentary Messenger of the Truth, which became available on DVD and public television on April 1. Narrated by Catholic activist and actor Martin Sheen, Messenger of the Truth chronicles Father Jerzy’s opposition to Poland’s oppressive Communist leaders, who harassed, arrested, threatened, imprisoned and, eventually, murdered him for speaking the truth in a country full of propaganda, oppression and social injustice. “A must-see documentary for all who believe in the rights of religious liberty, the dignity of the human person, and those who are lovers of freedom and defenders of the truth,” says His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York.
At Fr. Jerzy’s funeral, an estimated 1 million people surrounded his church in Warsaw and promised to continue his struggle for freedom through non-violence. Blessed Pope John Paul II, a son of Poland and advocate for the end of communism in his country and around the world, admired Fr. Jerzy’s courageous stand for freedom and truth. In 1987, shortly before the fall of communism in Poland, Pope John Paul II prayed at his gravesite in a remarkable sign of his support for the young priest’s life and death. Fr. Jerzy was beatified on June 6, 2010, in Warsaw and is expected to be canonized in the near future.
Messenger of the Truth was awarded first place in the documentary category at the 28th International Catholic Film Festival in Warsaw, Poland, and will be awarded the Christopher Award for the category of TV documentary on May 15th from The Christophers at their 65th annual award gala in New York City.
The 90-minute documentary will air nationwide on American Public Television stations; the first broadcast aired April 1 in Milwaukee, WI. Check your local listing for date and time.
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Holy Cross Yard Sale May 3rd
Holy Cross will be holding it's annual yard sale May 3rd from 7am to 1pm. All of the proceeds will go toward our youth programs.
We have an exciting big ticket item, a 16ft Hobie Cat! Assembly is required but in good condition. There is also a large selection of office furniture plus electronics, household items, the "New to You Boutique" and many yummy baked goods.
Holy Cross Episcopal Church
5820 Myrtle Grove Road Wilmington
Kure Memorial Lutheran Preschool is NOW Enrolling
Kure Memorial Lutheran Preschool is now enrolling preschoolers for the 2014/2015 year. Classes are available for 2, 3, and 4 years of age with two year-old class meeting Tuesdays and Thursdays, three year-old class meeting Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and four year-old class meeting Monday through Thursday.