How Teens Read the Bible

Nearly all practicing Protestant teens and adults¹ in the United States own a Bible, and three-quarters read Scripture weekly or more, according to a recent survey by the American Bible Society and Barna Group. Here’s how the two age groups line up in other areas, based on their responses to the following statements:

1 Defined as Americans ages 13 to 17 (teens) or ages 18 and older (adults) who self-identify as Protestant, attend a religious service at least once a month, and say their faith is very important in their lives. 2 All Bible-reading teens and adults.

Iran: Abedini freed, 92 Christians remain jailed

Christians rejoiced at the January release of Saeed Abedini after he faced three years of pressure to recant his faith in prison. The Iranian American pastor from Idaho, part of a prisoner exchange connected to the US–Iran nuclear deal, told his supporters that he felt “like I was born again, again.” Weeks beforehand, another noteworthy believer, Farshid Fathi, was also released after nearly five years in prison. Meanwhile, Middle East Concern noted that 92 Christians are still being held for their faith in Iran, ranked No. 9 on the World Watch List of countries where it’s hardest to be a Christian. Open Doors and Elam Ministries urged prayers for those still left behind.

Burkina Faso: Terrorists kill seven missionaries

The first foray of Islamist extremists into the West African nation of Burkina Faso took the lives of seven Westerners visiting to do short- and long-term missions. A regional al-Qaeda affiliate opened fire on two hotels and a restaurant in the capital city, Ouagadougou, killing 30 civilians from 8 countries. Six of the casualties were Canadians ...

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