Tuesday, January 7, 2014

All Around the Web - January 7, 2014

Breitbart - Report: Record 87 Surgical Abortion Clinic Closures in 2013
A survey of abortion clinics in the United States has concluded that a record number of 87 surgical abortion clinics closed in 2013.

The survey, conducted by pro-life organization Operation Rescue, found that the total number of surgical abortion clinics remaining in the United States is now 582, a twelve percent decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73 percent drop from a 1991 high of 2,176.

According to Operation Rescue, of the 87 clinics that discontinued surgical abortions, 81 are permanently closed, while six stopped performing surgical abortions but continued the sale of abortion-inducing drugs. The data does not include the eleven abortion clinics that were temporarily closed this year, but later reopened.

The number of clinics that only perform abortion via drugs remained fairly constant at 176, with six documented closures.

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Christianity Today - Which Christians Actually Evangelize? Study Says Millennials Most, Middle Class Least
Despite worries that millennials have given up on Christianity, or that they're too focused on social justice campaigns, young adults are sharing their faith the most frequently. By contrast, evangelism is fading fastest among the middle class.

At least, according to a new survey from Barna Group. "Is Evangelism Going Out of Style?" explores habits among "born-again" Christians who believe in evangelism—but may or may not actually do it. (See infographics below.)

"When asked if they have a personal responsibility to share their faith with others, 73% of born again Christians said yes," Barna states. "When this conviction is put into practice, however, the numbers shift downward. Only half (52%) of born again Christians say they actually did share the Gospel at least once this past year to someone with different beliefs, in the hope that they might accept Jesus Christ as their Savior."

First ThingsThe Eight Kinds of Commenters in the Christian Blogosphere
Over the course of blogging I have discovered that words can be taken in all kinds of ways, many of which I did not intend. While this is the case with all writing, it takes on a particular vigor in the virtual world. Reader-response is alive and well in the blogosphere. Part of this is no doubt due to the fact that a blog post is too short to explain much and its overall purpose is usually informational and provocative. Part of it, however, is due to the reader’s own disposition and the expectations that he or she brings to the site.

It helps that, much like journals or magazines, sites cater to specific audiences who then expect a certain unity of outlook. This allows the blogger to use “insider” speak and go deeper through vocabulary even with a short post.

During my time as a blogger I have received too many good comments to count. Most of the online readers who have interacted with my blog posts through Twitter, Facebook, and the comments section are thoughtful and respectful. They remind me of how much I have to learn. The virtual world provides a community of minds that, at their best, both challenge and affirm one another in ways that engender greater creativity and stimulate more faithful articulations of the Christian message.

Bible Gateway - 2013 Year in Review on Bible Gateway

The top 10 Bible verses searched for on BibleGateway.com in 2013 were:
1. John 3:16
2. Jeremiah 29:11
3. Philippians 4:13
4. Romans 8:28
5. Psalm 23
6. Proverbs 3:5-6
7. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
8. Romans 12:2
9. Philippians 4:6
10. Joshua 1:9

In 2013, the top 10 topical keyword searches on BibleGateway.com were:

1. love
2. peace
3. faith
4. children
5. heart
6. hope
7. joy
8. prayer
9, strength
10. pray

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