“Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But, whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
- 1 John 2:9-11, ESV.
For the first time since OUTREACH magazine has compiled its annual report of the largest churches in America, all 100 churches (103 this year) had weekend attendance of 7,000 or higher. Leading the fifth yearly list again was Lakewood Church in Houston with 43,500, followed by Second Baptist Church in the same city with 23,659, and North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Ga., with 22,557.
The combined attendance of all 103 churches was 1,128,451, an increase of 111,527 from 2007.
Some well-known churches showed a drop in attendance from last year. Lakewood (Pastor Joel Osteen) dipped from 47,000 in 2007. Willow Creek Community Church (Pastor Bill Hybels) dropped from 23,500 to 22,500, moving them down to number four. Also, Saddleback Ch...
About 84% of Americans believe Heaven absolutely or probably exists, compared to 73% of Americans who believe Hell absolutely or probably exists.
Americans on Heaven, Hell and God
84% -- Heaven absolutely or probably exists
73% -- Hell absolutely or probably exists
4% -- I do not believe in God
Attendance at movie theaters has plummeted 4.7% in 2008 so far, despite the hoopla surrounding THE DARK KNIGHT, as Hollywood has turned to the “dark side” this year with dark movies and few uplifting family movies or no inspiring action thrillers with very strong Christian values.
In the next three months, however, moviegoers will have a slate of family movies and Christian movies to choose, including a biography on the Rev. Billy Graham, BILLY: THE EARLY YEARS, and the next movie from the Christian filmmakers who brought us FACING THE GIANTS, entitled FIREPROOF and starring Kirk Cameron in a career-high performance.
Comic book movies seem to be all the rage, but MOVIEGUIDE® is concerned about reports that some Hollywood filmmakers...
Canada’s Macleans national news magazine reported recently that children as young as 8-years-old are viewing and getting hooked on pornography that’s easily available on the Internet.
Effects of such pornography on children can include a warped sense of sex and romance, exposure to deadly sexually transmitted diseases, a negative view of women, acting out violent fantasies, and addiction that can interfere with school work, family life and friendships.
“Coke users can get the drug out of their system, but pornographic images stay in the brain forever,” Dr. Mary Ann Layden, co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy, notes.
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Divorce and single parenting cost U.S. taxpayers about $112 billion each year.
Single parent families get $28 billion annually in Medicaid, $35 billion in other welfare and $9 billion on child welfare. Another $23 billion is lost in tax revenues because such families struggle with joblessness.
A Gallup Poll in June indicates that 81% of American adults, about 183 million people, believe that U.S. moral values are getting worse.
Only 11% say that moral values are getting better while only 15% consider them to be “excellent” or “good.” Those with less income were more pessimistic than those with more income.
Active Christians in America number about 43 million people, or 19% of the population, according to a CTI and R.R. Bowker study.
“Active Christians” are those most likely to read the Bible in their spare time, be committed churchgoers, accept leadership positions in the church, and feel obligated to share their faith.
They account for 57% of all Christian retail sales.
U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook, Jr. has accepted the suit from a self-described homosexual man from Michigan seeking $70 million from two Christian publishers for emotional distress and mental instability during the past 20 years from Bibles that identify homosexual behavior as sin and evil.
Bradley LaShawn Fowler, a self-described homosexual, is representing himself. He claims the two publishers, Zondervan and Thomas Nelson, are misrepresenting the Bible.
In a public statement, Zondervan said, “We only publish credible translations produced by credible Biblical scholars. We rely on the scholarly judgment of the highly respected and credible translation committees behind each translation and never alter the text of the translations...