Duke University sociologist Mark Chaves is writing a new book on "the decline of American religion," but he has already reached this conclusion: "The burden of proof has shifted to those who want to claim that American religiosity is not declining."
On the street corners of Grand Haven’s busiest main drag, Beacon Boulevard, it is common to witness one of America’s seriously unhandled social and economic problems: the needs of people living near or beneath the poverty line.
I am frequently asked about the secrets to success for middle and high school students. The standard replies include uninterrupted family time for daily reflection on learning, nightly reading, a dedicated time and place for homework, and staying in communication with school and teachers.
September is that transitional time between summer and autumn. The children are back in school, summer humidity begins to subside, days are generally warm and pleasant, evenings cool down, and sweaters and jackets begin to appear.