There are several critical spheres of influence that need to be redeemed by Christians in order to set the culture on a more civilized path. One is the area where MOVIEGUIDE® is working, the mass media. Another is government. And, another is academia.
There are several groups working in the academic world to evangelize, to disciple and to influence the institutions shaping the minds of our youth. One of these is the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Interfaith Dialogue. JIS publishes academic papers that explore the human condition in light of Christian understanding. It has published several articles about our work and articles by us. It goes deeper to look into the global economy, I...
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008
According to a survey of nearly 30,000 students in American high schools released earlier this week by the Josephson Institute’s Center for Youth Studies, the rates of teenagers who have admitted stealing, cheating and lying are still at “alarming rates.”
In fact, 82% of the 29,760 high school students admitted lying to their parents about something significant in the past year, and 64% said they had cheated on a test in the last year alone!
In other findings, 65% of students said they told a significant lie to their teachers in the past year, 56% admitted lying to their parents two or more times, 38% said they had cheated on a test two or more times, 37% said they had lied to a teacher about somethin...
“Since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of s...
Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Atheists and government officials have launched new attacks on Christmas and God in recent days.
In the most recent attack, the Democratic governor of Washington allowed a radical atheist group to put up a placard Monday in the state capitol near her office, joining a Christian Nativity scene celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ and a “holiday tree.”
The placard by the Freedom From Religion Foundation extols “reason” and “the Winter Solstice.” The sing also says that religion is “myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”
Of course, neither the Nativity scene nor the tree display attacks nor mocks atheism or secular humanism.
Fox News Channel pundit Bill O’Reilly Tues...
According to Engage Hispanics data, 20% of Hispanic parents with children ages 12 to 17 are themselves between the ages of 18 and 24, while only 9% of non-Hispanic parents between the ages of 18 and 24 have children in that age range.
Also, many Hispanic parents have additional children and are either still in school or working blue-collar, operative or clerical jobs. Among Hispanic parents with children ages 5 or younger, 24% are blue-collar or clerical workers, and 12% are students against 19% and 5% respectively among non-Hispanic parents of children the same age.
- Source: Engage Hispanics, 10/30/08.
Teenagers Are Cheating, Stealing and Lying at “Alarming Rates,” Survey Finds
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2008
According to a survey ...
Almost two-thirds of Americans, 60%, interact with companies on a social media website like Facebook or MySpace, and 25% interact more than once a week, according to the 2008 Cone Business in Social Media Study.
Nearly all, or 93%, of Americans believe a company should have a presence in social media, while 85% believe a company should not only be present, but should also interact with its customers and prospects via social media.
Also, 56% of American consumers feel both a stronger connection with and better served by companies when they can interact with them in a social media environment.
When Americans were asked about specific types of interactions:
• 43% say companies should use social networks to “solve my problems”;
• 41% wa...
A LifeWay Research study found that 27% of Americans agree with the statement, “I believe it is possible to communicate with someone after they are dead.” However, among those who agree, only 8% strongly agree. Meanwhile, 55% disagree with the statement, including 39% who strongly disagree, while 18% don’t know.
It is difficult to tell from these statistics how many of those Americans who think such communication is possible have actually attempted it, but we may hope and pray very few. Trying to contact the dead through mediums is one of the most strongly forbidden acts in Scripture: “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” Lev. 19:31.
Nearly two-third, or 63%, of young adults age 20-29 said they would attend a church if that church “presented truth to me in an understandable way that relates to my life now.”
Fifteen percent of these attended church weekly as a child and have no current animosity toward the church, but 37% are hostile toward the church and Christians.
Four out of five, or 80%, of unchurched adults aged 20 to 29 in the U.S. believe a supreme being exists, while 75% claim the existence of God does or would impact their lives. Most of the younger unchurched actually do believe in God and that He is the God described in the Bible. A significant number, however, believe in God but are not sure the God of the Bible is the only God.
Young Adults, Aged 20-29 ...