The State of American Christianity

Josh Burek, of the Christian Science Monitor, has written a very compelling article on the resurgence of Calvinistic theology in America. In this article he features Capitol Hill Baptist Church of  Washington, D. C.  He also makes several statements about the state of American Christianity, statements which are sobering:

After reviewing a landmark opinion survey last year that showed a precipitous decline in the number of people who identify themselves as Christian, Newsweek declared ominously that we may be witnessing “the end of Christian America.”

The Barna Group, a California-based research firm, recently did a survey to find out how many US adults hold a “biblical worldview” – for instance, believe that the Bible is totally accurate, that a person cannot earn their way into heaven simply by doing good, that God is the all-powerful creator of the universe….The result: a steeple-thin 9 percent. Among 18-to-23-year-olds, it was 0.5 percent, fewer people than might show up at a Lady Gaga concert. Even among “born again” Christians, it was only 19 percent.”

And then there is powerful quote from Professor Gerald Bray of Beeson Seminary:

Today we have more Bibles and more study guides to Scripture than ever before, but people know the text itself less and less. This is disastrous.”

He is right. We are in great need of a BIBLICAL revival. A return to the Bible and a rock-solid commitment to the truths found within. A return to Biblical Christianity.

The Madness Begins…

March Madness is here! Is there anything more discouraging than watching your brackets get totally busted up by the end of the first weekend? Yeah, I guess there are several things in life that are more discouraging, but I don’t know why I punish myself in this way every year instead of just enjoying the games.

Here’s a little inspiration for you. In case your team is down by like…let’s say…15 points with only about…mmmm…4 minutes left, don’t give up:

The Width, Depth, and Height of the Cross

A. B. Simpson (1843-1919) on the cross of Jesus:

The arms of that cross are wide enough to cover every need and every experience of our daily lives. Its foundations are deeper than than our deepest sorrows, and our loftiest heights of rapture can never reach above its heavenly altitude. It is God’s measure not only of His love, but of our lives.”      – The Cross of Christ: His sufferings and their impact on the believer, p. 14.