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OMG: Millennials abandoning the Bible – No, really?

So I read a an article recently about the results from some data collected by the American Bible Society over the last four years.

OMG: Millennials abandoning the Bible

Among the results are a definite decline in the esteem of the Bible by millennials:

“– Although 79 percent of adults believe the Bible is sacred literature, only 64 percent of millennials do.
– 19 percent of millennials believe no literature is sacred, compared to just 13 percent of all adults.
– Exactly half of adults overall believe the Bible “contains everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life,” but that number is just 35 percent for millennials.
– Half of adults believe the Bible has too little influence in society, but only 30 percent of millennials agree.
– 39 percent of millennials never read the Bible outside of church, compared to 26 percent of all adults.

The survey also found that since 2011, antagonism toward the Bible has risen from 11 percent to 19 percent and those who consider themselves “Bible-friendly” dropped from 45 percent to 37 percent.”

Now that’s concerning, but I think not totally unexpected, or terrible.

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Are you blessed? Do you have any fine wine? “Let’s bless them all until we get fershnickered!”

Forgive a little Mel Brooks-style hyperbole. Looking at alcohol in the Old Testament is kinda fun when you get into it. Mostly because apart from prohibitions, warnings and Noah getting wasted (did that happen in the movie?), we (I?) don’t often hear much about what the Old Testament has to say about booze. And He has a lot to say. 

Seems it’s a bit of a bigger picture than something to avoid…

HOPE ON BANGLA ROAD by Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson is rapidly becoming one of my favourite writers. Every piece of hers I read seems to ooze truth, Jesus, brokenness, and sheer humanity? She inspires me. She has a wonderful way of cutting to the core of things, issues, feelings, sin, and being brutally honest about them, yet not wallowing, but confessing,  looking forward to redemption, and looking upward to Him.

From HOPE ON BANGLA ROAD by Ruth Wilson:

As time has gone on…
I see myself in all of these.
It’s as if I see the hope of Christ and I know he’s there and waiting
But my current chains are way more enticing…