Carson takes lead from Trump, who attacks his faith

A new national poll has Ben Carson passing Donald Trump in the Republican presidential race.  The African-American pediatric surgeon leading the real estate tycoon 26% to 22%.  Multiple polls also show Carson with a big lead–as much as 14%–over Trump in Iowa, the nation’s first caucus state.

So Trump is now attacking Carson over his religion! He said,” look, I don’t have to say it, I’m Presbyterian. … Boy, that’s down the middle of the road, folks, in all fairness. I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about. I just don’t know about.”

I like and admire Dr. Carson.  (I even met him once!)  I can shake this nagging feeling, though, that a presidential candidate should have at least some governmental and political experience.  (You couldn’t head a department at John Hopkins, as Dr. Carson did, just because you have good ideas without having the relevant qualifications and experience.)  Am I wrong in that?  I’m willing to be convinced. [Read more...]

The fastest-growing denomination

That would be the Seventh-Day Adventists:

Rest on the Sabbath. Heed Old Testament dietary codes. And be ready for Jesus to return at any moment.

If these practices sound quaint or antiquated, think again. They’re hallmarks of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the fastest-growing Christian denomination in North America.

Newly released data show Seventh-day Adventism growing by 2.5% in North America, a rapid clip for this part of the world, where Southern Baptists and mainline denominations, as well as other church groups are declining. Adventists are even growing 75% faster than Mormons (1.4 percent), who prioritize numeric growth.

For observers outside the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the growth rate in North America is perplexing.

“You’ve got a denomination that is basically going back to basics … saying, ‘What did God mean by all these rules and regulations and how can we fit in to be what God wants us to be?’,” said Daniel Shaw, an expert on Christian missionary outreach at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. “That’s just totally contrary to anything that’s happening in American culture. So I’m saying, ‘Whoa! That’s very interesting.’ And I can’t answer it.”

via Adventists’ back-to-basics faith is fastest growing U.S. church –

Apparently the secret of church growth is NOT to conform to the culture.  But what people appreciate is law, law, law, as opposed to gospel.  Why do you think that is?

HT:Joe Carter