Children living with both biological or adoptive parents who attend religious services regularly are less likely to exhibit problems at school or at home, reveals a Child Trends study. A new analysis of national data shows children in such a situation (when compared to children not living with both parents and not attending religious services regularly) are 5.5 times less likely to have repeated a grade and 2.5 times less likely to have had their parents contacted by the school due to a conduct or achievement problem. (Baptist Press 12/3/08)
Customized Religion By a 3 to 1 margin (71% to 26%), Americans are more likely to develop their own set of religious beliefs than accept a comprehensive set of beliefs taught by a church or denomination, finds a Barna study. George Barna observes a growing number of people are serving as their own “theologian-in-residence,” resulting in Americans embracing an “unpredictable and contradictory body of beliefs.” Leading the pack are those under 25. 82% of them develop their own blend of beliefs rather than adopt a set offered by a church. Although born-again Christians are the least likely to adopt an a la carte approach, 61% say they have mixed their set of beliefs. (Barna Update 1/12/09)
Good Idea Here’s a number worth putting in your cell phone: 1-800-goog-411 (-800-466-4411). It’s a free service from Google— great when you are on the road. The voice at the other end says, “City & State.” You say, “Garland , Texas.” He says, “Business, Name or Type of Service.” You say, “John’s Bookstore.” He says, “Connecting…” and that’s it. (For more click on http://www.google.com/goog411.)
Words U.S. Parents Use to describe their home: 74% – Supportive, 71% – Positive, 69% – Encouraging, 69% – Active, 57% – Joyful, 51% – Relaxed, 50% – Optimistic, 40% – Noisy, 39% – Peaceful, 34% – Stressful, 18% – Argumentative, 14% – Confrontational, 8% – Critical, 4% – Negative, 3% – Pessimistic (The Parenting Adventure: Preparing Your Children for a Lifetime with God, by Rodney & Selma Wilson and Scott McConnell, B&H Publishing, 2009).
84% of Americans “think they live a simple life,” finds the Barna Group.
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