Month: September 2018

Study Says Parent’s Failure to Transmit Faith to Children Helps Fuel Growth of Religious ‘Nones’

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A new study lends supporting evidence to the theory that a failure of parents to transmit their faith to their children is a factor in the rise of the number of Americans who say they have no particular religious affiliation and identify instead as a group popularly known as religious “nones.”

The study, “Religious/secular distance: How far apart are teenagers and their parents?” authored by Ryan T. Cragun, Joseph H. Hammer, Michael Nielsen, and Nicholas Autz was published in the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality last month.

In the study, cited by PsyPost, researchers developed a tool called the Nonreligious-Nonspiritual Scale which measures secularity along two spectrums: from nonreligious to highly religious and from nonspiritual to highly spiritual.

“There were many reasons why we developed that scale. The obvious reason was that no one had done anything like that before. But there are two other important…

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God Doesn’t Keep His Distance – And He Doesn’t Keep His Silence.

Learning From God's Word

The Lord, our God, is “King of the whole earth. He rules the nations” (Psalm 46:10; Psalm 47:7-9). The Lord is great. He is “the great King” (Psalm 48:14). The Lord does not remain detached from us in isolated heavenly glory. He comes to us as the God of our salvation – “God will buy me back from the power of hell” (Psalm 49:15). By His Word, spoken to us and acted out on our behalf, God involves Himself with us as our Saviour. He is not a God who keeps His distance from us – “Our God will come.” He is not a God who keeps His silence – “and will not be silent” (Psalm 50:3). This God comes to us with His promise of salvation – “Call on Me in times of trouble. I will rescue you, and you will honour Me” (Psalm 50:15). Along with this promise…

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Christ is our life

Strengthened By Grace

For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  Colossians 3:3-4

First of all, I read these verses over and over, trying to grasp what it means to be hidden with Christ in God.  Part of it means claiming the truths of what it means to be a child of God, like:

  • Nothing can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39)
  • Because of the blood of Jesus, I am justified, made right before God (Romans 5:1; 1 Corinthians 6:11))
  • I am therefore a friend of God (John 15:15)
  • My eternal destiny is in Heaven and is secure (John 3:16; 5:24; Jude 24; John 10:28)

I could go on and on!  That lifts my spirits just thinking about all of the things that are mine…

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Why the Doctrine of Glory Matters

A disciple's study

I will never forget that evening. I can’t think of a moment when I was more blown away by a musical composition.

I don’t recall the composer or the conductor, but I was at a performance played by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. My ticket put me in the first row and it was worth it. The music was powerful, foreboding, amazing, haunting, compelling and glorious, all at the same time.

There were moments when I wished this night would never end, and moments when I wanted to get up and run out of the concert hall. There were moments when the music caused my chest to rattle and moments when it lured me in with a whisper. There were moments when musical joy collided with musical fear in a beautiful disharmony of sound.

When the performance was over, I felt both sad and exhausted. I wanted…

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Full of His Glory

The Soaring Eagle

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
(Isaiah 6:3)

Reflection:
When I take time to look, listen and be aware I find that Creation is filled with expressions of God. It is as if He passed by and

  • The storm revealed His majesty
  • The sunset revealed His glory
  • The sunrise revealed His purity
  • The gentle breeze revealed His tenderness
  • The sun-kissed clouds revealed His beauty

As He journeyed on He scattered not only His Word but His gifts of Himself. And so

  • The eagle soared
  • The lark sang
  • The lion roared
  • The wind whispered through the trees
  • The little brook chuckled … and
  • A small child laughed

Paul writes,

  • “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made” (Romans 1:20)

Look! Can you see it –…

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The Promise-Driven Life

Already Not Yet

john-piperJohn Piper:

So the challenge of the Christian life — and at 66, I am deeply desirous to learn how to do this. Paul did say, “I’ve learned the secret” as though it took some time (see Philippians 4:12 NASB). How many times do I come to the end of a day and I shake my head and say, “It’s been eight hours since I thought about trusting a promise.” I haven’t even thought about it. But do you know what else I’ve had in those eight hours? AnxietyMurmuring. Where do they come from? Not trusting promises.

This takes some of us a lifetime to learn. O you young people, get this now. That’s why I prayed at the beginning, “O God, build habits into our lives.” Habits of trusting promises, habits of hourly going to the Lord and saying, “I need you. I need…

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Ten things you should know about Christian Hedonism

Already Not Yet

52334-praising-god-1200.1200w.tnSam Storms:

Christian Hedonism often goes misunderstood and thus maligned. Let’s look closely at ten things that bring clarity to what is meant by the label.

(1) When it comes to Christian Hedonism, the adjective is everything. Hedonism is itself a godless approach to life that says we should pursue whatever brings us optimum pleasure. Hedonism judges right and wrong on the basis of whether or not an action brings pleasure or pain. But Christian Hedonism is an entirely different thing.

The pleasure we seek as Christians is pleasure and satisfaction and delight in God. God is not the means to some other pleasure but the object of it. It is in him, his beauty, power, and presence that we find our deepest delight.

(2) Christian Hedonism insists that the most effective way to glorify God is to enjoy God. It was Jonathan Edwards who helped me see that…

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