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Year-End Spirituality Survey

December 28th, 2009 4 comments

My colleague at Concordia Publishing House, Laura Lane, shared this Barna Survey with a number of us. If you have not seen it, you may find it interesting and helpful. I would say there is nothing terribly earth-shatteringly new in it, but it is always helpful to have this kind of “take” on the situation in which we find ourselves. Here is the link to the full story, but here is an excerpt:

Some of the related survey results Barna cited from this year’s studies included:

o Just 50% of adults contend that Christianity is still the automatic faith of choice in the US

o Nearly nine out of every ten adults (88%) agreed either strongly or somewhat that their religious faith is very important in their life

o 74% said their faith is becoming more important in their life

o Substantive awareness of other faith groups is minimal; even simple name awareness of some groups, such as Wicca, is tiny (only 45% have heard of Wicca)

o Most self-identified Christians are comfortable with the idea that the Bible and the sacred books from non-Christian religions all teach the same truths and principles

o Half of all adults (50%) argue that a growing number of people they know are tired of having the same church experience

Categories: Culture, Spirituality

Life in Terms of Constant Beginnings

June 12th, 2009 Comments off

“Life under the Cross must be lived in terms of constant beginning. I must believe that all experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades forever and forever as I move. This is of the essence of wisdom. Wisdom is not found in inevitable proportion to the number of facts I may have stored in my head or the number of books I have read. Wisdom lies in the proper handling of all these things—in seeing life steadily and seeing it whole, in seeing the end from the beginning, in a constant striving toward a goal which, please God, I may never reach, in walking with God in the peace and the power of those who have learned what it means to walk with Him.”

O.P. Kretzmann
The Pilgrim
May 1965
Reprinted in The Cresset (June 2009)

Categories: Spirituality