Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019:
— 35 million youth projected to leave Christianity by 2050
It’s projected that 35 million youths raised in Christian families will leave Christianity by 2050.
That projection came from a 131-page report, titled The Great Opportunity, and is based on various surveys and research, particularly from the Pew Research Center and Gallup.
Essentially by 2050, America will experience “the largest and fastest numerical shift in religious affiliation” in its history, the report says.
Youth ministry leader Greg Stier of Dare 2 Share believes this is an opportunity not just to slow down the bleeding but to “flip the switch” with a nationwide revival among young students.
And that starts with mobilizing and equipping youths to reach their peers with the Gospel.
— Evidence of biblical kingdom of Edom found
Researchers from the University of California and the Central Timna Valley Project at Tel Aviv University have discovered evidence of the emergence of the biblical kingdom of Edom.
According to the researchers, there was a technological leap in copper development at a site known as “Slaves’ Hill” which was connected to the emergence of the Edomite Kingdom.
Through chemical analysis, researchers dated the kingdom of Edom to 300 years earlier than previously thought, which aligns with the biblical account.
Tel Aviv University professor Erez Ben-Yosef said, “Our study sheds new light on the emergence of the archaeologically elusive biblical kingdom of Edom, indicating that the process started much earlier than previously thought.”
According to the Bible, the Edomites founded a kingdom that predated the ancient kingdom of Israel.
— 5-y-o girl survives after dad jumps to death in front of train
A 5-year-old girl survived after her father clutched her and jumped in front of a train in New York City on Monday.
A couple of good samaritans helped pull the young girl out from under the train. She was not injured.
Her mother is thanking God for her miraculous survival. The father, Fernando Balbuena-Flores, died at the scene.
— ‘Heavenquest’ trailer released
The trailer for the upcoming movie “Heavenquest,” which is inspired by John Bunyan’s iconic novel “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” was released Tuesday.
The movie is produced by King Street Pictures and is a reimagining of the 1678 novel,
The film will be available online for only 48 hours on Oct. 25 before its official release in 2020.
— Pentatonix singer Matt Sallee: It’s all about God
Matt Sallee of the Grammy Award-winning acapella group Pentatonix opened up to The Christian Post, saying he’s all about giving God the glory.
He said, “I know that as long as I’m following Him and listening to His voice, no Grammy, no Emmy, no personal accolades matter. It’s about Him.”
Apart from his work with Pentatonix, Sallee is a worship leader with Expression 58, a worship team in California. The group just released its debut album, titled Make Way.
Sallee said, “This music isn’t just, ‘how great is our God,’ it’s, ‘how great is our God, and here’s why.’”