"These heroic volunteers are sweating it out in very difficult conditions.
The enormity of this disaster is truly stretching resources thin. Imagine
September 11 but without the infrastructure to reach the disaster area. That's
what we're facing. We're pouring in everything we have, but if this effort is
to be sustained, we're going to need Southern Baptists to step up as they never
NAMB President Dr. Bob Reccord, commenting on Southern
Baptist Disaster Relief efforts, while visiting New Orleans in
"I just sensed in my spirit we needed to go help. We're a new church start,
and I want us to be doers. We came to do whatever was needed; we're here to be
John Cope, pastor of Keystone Community Fellowship in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who took a team of volunteers to Louisiana to help
with disaster relief
"There are so many people hurting, and they need our help. Southern Baptist
Disaster Relief workers are preparing [thousands of] meals a day. Chainsaw,
clean-up and recovery, and feeding crews are working nearly around-the-clock.
They've even got trailers loaded down with shower and laundry facilities. But
the most important thing: They're telling people about the love of Jesus
Christ, and we're going to help."
Richard Powell, senior pastor, McGregor Baptist Church
in Fort Myers, Florida, explaining why his church decided to give its entire
August 28 offering receipts totaling $160,041 to Southern Baptist Disaster
"It's possible for God's people to capitalize on this catastrophe for the
sake of the gospel and that a great awakening can occur during the days ahead.
I believe that's what Southern Baptist leaders, pastors and members are working
and praying for."
Bobby Welch, SBC president and pastor of First Baptist
Church in Daytona Beach, Florida
The North American Mission Board has seen an increase in the number of
Southern Baptist volunteers serving in the U.S. and Canada over the past five
illustration by david folds
A new study by SíTV and FGI Research found that 18- to 34-year-old Latinos
who consume media in English are trend-setters who place a premium on
entertainment and are quick to try out new technologies. The study found that
this demographic, dubbed "Generation Sí," is:
230% more likely than non-Hispanic young adults to cite TV
or radio advertising as "very influential"
80% more likely than non-Latinos to have an in-car
66% more likely than non-Latinos to own a plasma or
50% more likely than non-Latinos to attend movies on
34% more likely than non-Latinos to have handheld
devices such as iPods, BlackBerrys and PDAs
Source: Hispanic Trends, March/April 2005
Where are the men?
Source: Pastors.com, June 8, 2005
59% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs;
41% are not. 33% think their current position
is a dead end and 44% of Americans feel they are
Source: Harris Interactive, The Week, May 20, 2005 and
Time, July 25, 2005
49% say the winter holiday season is the most stressful
time of year. 40% of Americans say tax season is the most
Source: Time, April 18, 2005
86% of unhappily married couples who stick it out find
their marriages are happier five years later,
according to the National Survey of Families and Households.
Source: HomeLife, May 2005
"I know the gospel message. I once believed it myself, but not anymore."
Responses like this are becoming more and more commonplace as Christians share
the gospel with those many are calling "ex-Christians." An informal survey
conducted by a website support group for "ex-Christians" indicates that
two-thirds of respondents began to question Christianity because of some
intellectual difficulty. The largest portion (28.5%) cited
"theological/doctrinal problems" as their reason for questioning faith; another
27% said that their faith "no longer made sense" or that they "grew out of it."
Another 10% cited "Bible contradictions" as their reason to initially question
Christianity. Approximately 6% cited "actions of other Christians," while 5%
cited personal tragedy.
Source: Christian Research Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1,
Parking the kids in front of the TV could turn them into bullies. The more
television 4-year-olds watch, the more likely they are to be mean and cruel to
others by the time they are 11, a recent study found. Researchers suspect the
violent content of TV shows is to blame. Even the cartoons watched by very
young children have become more violent in recent years. Researchers believe
young children become desensitized to violence and are susceptible to
suggestions that violent behavior is acceptable.
Source: New Scientist and The Week, April 22,
92% of teens say that being a virgin in high school is a
37% say they are waiting to have sex until they are
Of sexually active teens, 49% say they wish they had waited
until they were older; 25% say they would change their first
partner; and 28% say they regret the decision to have sex.
Source: Kaiser Family Foundation and Seventeen
The Muslim population in Europe has increased from about 1 million in 1945
to about 18 million today. The addition of Turkey to the EU would bring about
62 million more Muslims into the European flock. Scholars say that Europe will
be Islamic by the end of the 21st century. To learn how Southern Baptists are
reaching Muslim populations around the world visit www.imb.org.
Source: U.S. News & World Report, May 30,
When asked if the religion they practice is the same as their childhood
religion, 20% of Americans replied that they have changed
faiths since childhood; 4% have abandoned religion
Source: Newsweek, September 5, 2005
About half of all adults (54%) claim that they make their moral choices on
the basis of specific principles or standards. Three out of every 10 people
named the Bible as the source of those principles. Other common means of making
moral choices include doing what feels right or comfortable (24%), doing
whatever makes the most people happy or causes the least conflict (9%), and
pursuing whatever produces the most positive outcomes for the person (7%).
Source: The Barna Update, August 9, 2005
Every summer two-thirds of U.S. churches host a Vacation Bible School
(VBS)-reaching 38 million children. Larger churches are more likely to hold VBS
than smaller churches (70% compared to 53%), but smaller churches draw more
kids, proportionally, when compared to Sunday morning worship attendance. How
big is the average VBS?
Source: Leadership, Summer 2005
A majority of Americans believe religion should have a larger role in public
schools, according to a recent Gallup poll. The poll revealed that 60% of
adults believe religion has "too little of a presence" in public schools and
that 76% favor amending the U.S. Constitution to allow voluntary prayer in
schools. Of course, a moment of silence is still the prayer of choice for most
Americans. By a 69-23% margin, adults say that if given a choice, they would
prefer a "moment of silence for contemplation or silent prayer" in their local
schools over a "spoken prayer."
Source: Gallup, August 26, 2005
Sprint through the BibleBroadman & Holman plans
to release the Light Speed Study Bible. The Southern Baptist publisher promises
that customers can read every word of the entire Bible in 24 hours or less-with
Source: LifeWay Christian Resources
Consumers are buying more religious booksIn 2004 the
U.S. saw a 3.4% increase in consumer spending on books, compared with 2003. A
17.3% increase in consumer spending on religious books during the same period
accounted for most of the overall change.
Source: Time, June 13, 2005
What's your worldview?Only 5% of adults have a
Living singleAbout one-quarter of all U.S. households
now consist of one person living alone, according to the latest census. For the
first time ever, the percentage of one-person households now exceeds the
percentage of traditional households consisting of a married couple and their
Source: The Boston Globe
Moral truth by the numbers
U.S. is almost equally split on moral truth.
35% Percentage of Americans who contend that moral
truth is absolute-meaning truth is not dependent upon circumstances
32% Percentage who say morality is always determined
by the situation
33% Percentage who indicate they don't know if moral
truth is absolute or relative
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