Here are some links that we think you'll find useful in your studies.
What Do Americans Really Think About the Bible? (The Barna Group)
If the Bible has such resonance with television viewers, then it stands to reason the awareness of the Christian Scriptures is high in America. And indeed, nearly nine out of ten (88%) Americans actually own a Bible. Despite such a high number, that’s declined since 1993, though only slightly, when 92% of Americans owned a Bible. On average, American Bible owners have 3.5 Bibles in their home, and one-quarter of Bible owners (24%) have six or more.
Can We Say 'God Died'? (The Resurgence)
One of the central tenets of the Christian faith is that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Another is that Jesus was divine—Jesus was fully God. What is to keep us from putting these two things together in a particular way and saying, “God died on the cross”?
Actually, there is a way of saying this that would be quite appropriate, as we shall see in a moment. But there is another way of saying it that would quickly lead (within minutes) into various bad heresies. God is immortal (1 Timothy 1:17), for example, and the definition of immortal is “incapable of dying.” Wouldn’t this mean that, if we say God died, are we saying that God ceased to be God?
Monday Is for Missiology: We Are Signs of the Kingdom, Windows to the World (Ed Stetzer)
When the outside world peers into your church window and sees you displaying a genuine sense of unity and peace in your relationships, sees you redemptively handling conflict, sees you actively serving your community, sees you living with high levels of integrity and grace, they form an impression. When one of your outreaches is written up favorably in the newspaper, or touches someone in their family, or makes them question what they've always thought about God and the church, they make note of it. They recognize a difference between their experience and yours--between the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God. And that leaves them with a decision for how they're going to respond.
Real Love: A Paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 13 (Crosswalk.com)
If I talk a lot about God, the Bible, and the Church, but I fail to ask about other people’s needs, I’m simply making a lot of empty religious noise.
If I graduate from a respected private Christian university and know all the answers to questions you’ll never even think of asking, and if I have all of the degrees to prove it…and if I say I believe in God with all my heart, soul, and strength, claiming to have incredible answers to my prayers, but I fail to take the time to find out what makes others laugh and why they cry, I’m nothing.
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