Reviver Roundup covers interesting content we have found across the web that pertains to Jesus and culture. Opinions are those of sources and authors and not supported by Reviver.
The Atlantic: When a seed is planted in the mind of a child, it’s impossible to predict accurately how it might take root and blossom in years to come. Surely whoever first told Darren Aronofsky the Bible story of Noah and the great flood had no idea how powerfully it would capture his imagination. Nor did he or she know that, more than 30 years later, Aronofsky would be a sometimes controversial, Oscar-nominated film director—or that the story of Noah would become his cinematic passion project.
Religion News: In an attempt to create unity, World Vision managed to poke a hornet’s nest around the issue of same-sex marriage. President Rich Stearns openly acknowledges the mistakes the relief organization made while flip-flopping on the issue.
Charisma News: The latest issue of American Scholar magazine features on its cover a solitary man sitting in the front pew of a vast church, head in hands. About halfway back sits an older couple, while a lonely woman makes her way up the aisle. Empty pews fill the rest of the page.
Forbes: The marriage-rate decline is especially steep among young people: For adults ages 18-29, the marriage rate has dropped from 59% to just 20%. Fully 44% of young adults, a much larger share than of any other generation, now agree that marriage is “obsolete.”
Relevant Magazine: When a social media conversation devolves into a fight, it’s generally advisable to be the bigger person, or inform the dissenter that you’d love to continue the debate in person at some other time.
Barna Group: Although church involvement was once a cornerstone of American life, U.S. adults today are evenly divided on the importance of attending church. While half (49%) say it is “somewhat” or “very” important, the other 51% say it is “not too” or “not at all” important. The divide between the religiously active and those resistant to churchgoing impacts American culture, morality, politics and religion.
Life News: The most recent statistics from the Guttmacher Institute (originally founded as the research arm of Planned Parenthood) show that the number of abortionists has since dropped by over 40% to just 1,720 in 2011.
Chicago Business: If you want to understand the magnitude of opportunities available to organizations that align with charities, consider this: For millennials — who, at 86 million strong, make up the largest population group the U.S. has ever seen — social responsibility is the new religion.
AP: The video, recorded on an iPhone, lasts less than eight minutes. The message is simple: We’re brothers despite our differences. Yet, religious leaders say this informal greeting from Pope Francis has reset relations between the Roman Catholic Church and one of its fiercest competitors around the world, Pentecostals
Desiring God: It’s rare to find a major motion picture that paints humanity, as a whole, to be this bad. Not only was it human evil that nearly destroyed the world in some great war, but now it is human depravity that threatens to undo it all again.