50%: Approximate share of the Christian publishing market HarperCollins will control if its purchase of Thomas Nelson is approved. HarperCollins also owns Zondervan.

Source:, based on 2009 Thomas Nelson figures


1,400: Approximate age in years of a 2.2 x 1.6 cm bone prayer box discovered beneath a Jerusalem parking lot. With a cross carved on the lid and two faded images inside, the box is an "extremely rare" find for the Holy Land.

Source: Israel Antiquities Authority

Church Life

6%: Protestant pastors who say their church will have services only on Christmas Eve, since Christmas falls on Sunday this year.

29%: Protestant pastors who say Christmas is the highest-attended service of the year (55 percent said Easter).

Source: LifeWay Research

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