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V Religious One of the most consequential shifts in American religion has been the rise of religiously unaffiliated Americans. This trend emerged in the early 1990s. In 1991, only six percent of Americans identified their religious affiliation as “none,” and that number had not moved much since the early 1970s. By the end of the 1990s, 14% of the public claimed no religious affiliation. The rate of religious change accelerated further during the late 2000s and early 2010s, reaching 20% by 2012. []

Today In Prophecy – Christian Persecution

“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12). Produced by Open Doors for two decades, the annual World Watch List (WWL) lists the world’s worst areas for Christian persecution. Of the 50 nations profiled on the Open Doors 2016 World Watch List as the worst for persecution, more than half ranked worse than in 2015. According to WWL analysts, this reflects increased persecution in one or more of five key spheres: private life, family []

The Return of Jacob

Wrestling Till Daybreak “If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God” (Genesis 28:20,21). When Paul discusses the Ancient Worthies in Hebrews chapter 11, he does so by way of exhortation to the saints of the Gospel Age. By remembering the faith demonstrated by the []

The Justice of Festus

Roman Jurisprudence “The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light” (Luke 16:8). by Carl Hagensick Roman law is considered the foundation for today’s judicial system. The Roman legal system slowly evolved from the law of the “twelve tables” in 449 BC to its final codification in the Justinian Code (circa 530 AD).1 At the time of Jesus and the apostles, it had developed into a full-blown legal system administered by appointed judges, or praetors. Felix []