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The Most Well-known Protestant Denomination: 10 Things Everyone Should Know about Baptists
Copyright c Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press www. Their implications are worth paying attention to because these dynamics affect our families and our churches. Consider these statistics: -- Fewer Americans are marrying than they once did. In , 72 percent of adults over age 18 were married, compared to 51 percent in In , the average age at first marriage for men was In the s, men and women were much more likely to marry in their early 20s. Since marriage in America has changed so much, we want to focus on one of these changes -- people entering marriage at later ages -- to determine what problems or risks that trend might pose to our families and churches. Various factors influence later marriage -- such things as educational attainment, income, debt and the availability of sexual activity outside of marriage due to loosening social norms. Oftentimes, the reasons given for delaying marriage seem more akin to American prosperity theology and sexual freedom than biblical wisdom.
What shall we do? Oftentimes visual symbolism can discourage and defeat. Or, perhaps in the wake of a major Supreme Court decision on the definition of marriage, the full impact and intent is on display as a rainbow flag of colors engulfs the home of the most powerful leader in the world. Even though today one might feel as if he is standing alone while those with alternative views fly their victory flags, the truth is, and like Elisha saw, there are the legacies of those who have gone before standing like a cavalry of horses and chariots all around.
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Sex and the Southern Baptist
The culture war is over, and the gays and the liberals have won. Or at least this is what recent reports of changing attitudes toward gay marriage and sexuality in Southern Baptist communities have implied. Although this may be true at a few churches, at the national level, it doesn't seem to be the case. Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, says media reports are overemphasizing a minority viewpoint.