Saturday, January 24, 2009

Interesting Misc Stats Gleaned From The Foster Letter

Foster Letter Jan 15 08 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

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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Anonymous said...

wonder what a simple life looks like...and how it would be described.
I don't think our life is simple...


Cal Habig said...

Good question. Ours is simpler than many & about to get simpler.

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