The Compass Headlines 06-16-2017

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The Compass Headlines 06-16-2017

Southern Baptist Convention Rattled by Racism

Throughout this past week, the Southern Baptist Convention was rattled this week with a resolution condemning white supremacy in the church.  However, by Thursday afternoon, a vote broke through that condemned the “anti-gospel, alt-right, white supremacy” movement.

For more on race relations and the Christian church, especially as it relates to Adventism check out our  racial unity panel discussion from Repairing the Breach 2016.



America’s Most Churched, UnChurched and Dechurched Cities

According to the recent research by Barna, these are the top five churched cities in the US:

  1. Chattanooga, TN: 59%
  2. Salt Lake City, UT: 59%
  3. Augusta / Aiken, GA: 57%
  4. Baton Rouge, LA: 57%
  5. Birmingham / Anniston / Tuscaloosa, AL: 56%

The most five unchurched cites were:

  1. San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose, CA: 60%
  2. Reno, NV: 59%
  3. Springfield / Holyoke, MA: 57%
  4. Boston / Manchester, MA: 56%
  5. Las Vegas, NV: 55%

Lastly, these were the top five dechurched cities:

  1. San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose, CA: 47%
  2. Boston / Manchester, MA: 46%
  3. Seattle / Tacoma, WA: 45%
  4. Portland / Auburn, ME: 45%
  5. Springfield / Holyoke, MA: 43%



Are Adventists Pastors Democrats or Republicans

In assessing the political leanings of American pastors, the New York Times found Adventist leaders to be  politically mixed, just about 50/50 republicans and democrats.  Additionally, the Times found the median age of Adventist church leaders to be in their 60s and their income around $58,400 annually.  While it is pleasing to find that our church leaders do not adhere to one political ideology, it worrying to see the median age of our leaders.


The Link Between Detached Dads and Risky-Taking Girls

Citing the recent findings published in the Journal of Development Psychology in May, the Wall Street Journal reports on the correlation between detached fathers and “risk-taking girls.”  In light of father’s day Compass would like to share these words from Ellen G. White on the role of fathers:

Fathers should … mingle with the children, sympathizing with them in their little troubles, binding them to their hearts by the strong bonds of love, and establishing such an influence over their expanding minds that their counsel will be regarded as sacred…. Upon returning home from his business he should find it a pleasant change to spend some time with his children. He may take them into the garden, and show them the opening buds, and the varied tints of the blooming flowers. Through such mediums he may give them the most important lessons concerning the Creator, by opening before them the great book of nature, where the love of God is expressed in every tree, and flower, and blade of grass. He may impress upon their minds the fact that if God cares so much for the trees and flowers, He will care much more for the creatures formed in His image. He may lead them early to understand that God wants children to be lovely, not with artificial adornment, but with beauty of character, the charms of kindness and affection, which will make their hearts bound with joy and happiness.  Parents may do much to connect their children with God by encouraging them to love the things of nature which He has given them, and to recognize the hand of the Giver in all they receive. The soil of the heart may thus early be prepared for casting in the precious seeds of truth, which in due time will spring up and bear a rich harvest. Fathers, the golden hours which you might spend in getting a thorough knowledge of the temperament and character of your children, and the best methods of dealing with their young minds, are … precious.

The father’s duty to his children should be one of his first interests. It should not be set aside for the sake of acquiring a fortune, or of gaining a high position in the world. In fact, those very conditions of affluence and honor frequently separate a man from his family, and cut off his influence from them more than anything else. If the father would have his children develop harmonious characters, and be an honor to him and a blessing to the world, he has a special work to do (Reflecting Christ, p. 174)



Going to Church can Boost Your Health

A recent study suggests, individuals who attend religious services at church, mosque, or synagogue lived longer, were less stressed, had better overall physical health, and a better outlook on life than individuals who do not engage in any religious services.  Perhaps this goes to show that church attendance matters in more ways than one (Heb. 10:25).


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Valmy Karemera is associate editor of The Compass Magazine and posts daily news updates on the Compass Twitter page. Originally from Rwanda, he now lives and works in Texas with his family.