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Americans are both deeply religious and profoundly ignorant about religion.
~Stephen Prothero
Religious Literacy

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In a USA Today article, “Americans get an ‘F’ in religion,” Boston University Professor Stephen Prothero offers a remedy:
Prothero’s solution is to require middle-schoolers to take a course in world religions and high schoolers to take one on the Bible. Biblical knowledge also should be melded into history and literature courses where relevant.
From the Pew Research Center’s U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz, we find that only 23 percent of Americans know that according to rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court that public school teachers are permitted to read from the Bible as an example of literature.

U.S. Religious Knowledge Quiz
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Tell Trump to Stop Mass Incarceration & Endless War

“Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
~ Luke 24: 26-27

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“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Matthew 21:22
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"Miracles happen" ~ Pope Francis

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
~ Luke 17: 20-21

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Trump: An Answer to Prayers?

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Matthew 21:22
Evangelist Franklin Graham said that prayer — and God’s answer to it — helped Donald Trump and Mike Pence pull off “the biggest political upset of our lifetime.”
Some of the guests who celebrated Pastor Billy Graham's 95th birthday on Nov. 7, 2013, were News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch (seated right), Tood and Sarah Palin (standing back right), Fox's Greta Van Susteren (middle row, center), and Donald and Melania Trump (back row). (Photo: Twitter/Asheville News.)

Some of the guests who celebrated Pastor Billy Graham’s 95th birthday on Nov. 7, 2013, were News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch (seated right), Tood and Sarah Palin (standing back right), Fox’s Greta Van Susteren (middle row, center), and Donald and Melania Trump (back row). (Photo: Twitter/Asheville News.)

Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, said he has traveled across the United States this year, holding prayer meetings at each state capitol. “I could sense going across the country that God was going to do something this year,” Graham told The Washington Post. “And I believe that at this election, God showed up.”
On Thursday, a day after Trump was elected to become the nation’s 45th president, Graham said God had answered their prayers.

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Teaching God’s Prosperity and Abundance

I believe, from 38 years of ministry, that ministry is contextual. It depends on the context you’re in. So if I’m ministering in a context of those who are poor and struggling in life, I’m going to teach them of God’s abundance, I’m going to teach them of God’s prosperity in their life, and I’m going to teach them how to discipline their lives and believe God for a better quality of life. This was a part of the promise.
~ Pastor A. R. Bernard

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Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
~ Matthew 7:7

Fundraiser to Reverse Climate Change, Diabetes, and Unemployment

We are having a t-shirt fundraiser to reverse Climate Change, Diabetes, and Unemployment with our Prayer Breakfast and Genius Farm.
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"Miracles happen" ~ Pope Francis

“And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Matthew 21:22
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Ask, and it will be given to you;
Seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
~ Matthew 7:7

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Is Trump God’s President?

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with co-headliner Jerry Falwell Jr., leader of Liberty University in Virginia, at a campaign event in Iowa. (Reuters)

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with co-headliner Jerry Falwell Jr., leader of Liberty University in Virginia, at a campaign event in Iowa. (Reuters)

Exit polls show white evangelical voters voted in high numbers for Donald Trump, 81-16 percent. That’s the most they have voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 2004, when they overwhelmingly chose President George W. Bush by a margin of 78-21 percent.
God knows what He’s doing.
~ A. R. Bernard

Nate Silver on Good Morning American

On Election Day November 8, 2016, FiveThirtyEight‘s Nate Silver on ABC’s Good Morning America said that Hillary Clinton had a 79 percent chance of becoming the President. People called Silver crazy when in March 2008, he had forecast that Senator Obama would beat Senator John McCain. According to The New York Times:
[Late in 2007], Mr. Silver, an Obama supporter, became frustrated with how primary poll results were being reported, and how sloppy polls and rigorous polls were given the same attention.
“What you heard on television was, Hillary was inevitable, she’s up 20 points,” he said. “She’s up 20 points because people had heard of her. They hadn’t heard of Obama.”
Nate Silver became very successful applying a rigorous scientific methodology to polling data.

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Time to Talk about God in a Grown-up Way

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America’s Changing Religious Landscape (graph)

The U.S is home to the most Christians in the world, but the number of Americans who identify as Christian is declining, according to a survey by the Pew Research Center.
While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men.
One of the most important factors in the declining share of Christians and the growth of the “nones” is generational replacement. As the Millennial generation enters adulthood, its members display much lower levels of religious affiliation, including less connection with Christian churches, than older generations. Fully 36% of young Millennials (those between the ages of 18 and 24) are religiously unaffiliated, as are 34% of older Millennials (ages 25-33). And fewer than six-in-ten Millennials identify with any branch of Christianity, compared with seven-in-ten or more among older generations, including Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers. Just 16% of Millennials are Catholic, and only 11% identify with mainline Protestantism. Roughly one-in-five are evangelical Protestants.

36% of young Millennials (those between the ages of 18 and 24) are religiously unaffiliated

In a NPR interview The Very Rev. Gary Hall, the retired dean of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., points out that to counter this decline it is time to talk about God in a grown-up way:
I’ve always felt that it’s important for religious people to have the same kind of philosophical stance they use in their religious life as they do in the rest of their life. And a lot of times I think religion — religions — ask people to sort of turn off the scientific part of their lives and just go and kind of think about God kind of pre-scientifically.
I don’t think we can do that. We’ve got to have a faith that is, in some sense, consonant with the way we think about the world scientifically. And again, I think one of the things the Pew study suggests to us is that if the church can get over its anxiety about talking about God in a grown-up way, we would actually reach out to and speak to more people than we do right now.
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral

The Very Rev. Gary Hall, dean of the Washington National Cathedral, stands outside the church in Washington, D.C., in 2013.

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