Episode 108

Conversations of Faith, Prohibition on Abortion Law, & Children Storybooks

Jun 1, 2022

Most Christians say they’re ready, willing and praying to have conversations about their faith with others, but many admit they haven’t gotten around to actually having those conversations recently. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law Wednesday (May 25) a prohibition on abortion throughout pregnancy. And Champ Thornton shares a list of what he believes are the top 10 children’s storybooks for families.

 

Transcript

Most Christians say they’re ready, willing and praying to have conversations about their faith with others, but many admit they haven’t gotten around to actually having those conversations recently. 

An Evangelism Explosion study conducted by Lifeway Research found Christians express a willingness and desire to talk to others about their faith, yet few have shared with someone how to become a Christian in the past six months.

“Now, perhaps more than ever, people are open to conversations about faith, yet this study reveals few Christians actually take the opportunity to engage in personal evangelism,” said John Sorensen, president of Evangelism Explosion (EE).

In the survey of 1,100 self-identified Christian adults in the U.S., more than 9 in 10 (93 percent) say they’re at least somewhat open to having a conversation about faith with a friend, and around 4 in 5 (81 percent) feel similarly about speaking about faith with a stranger. Almost 2 in 3 Christians (64 percent) say they have prayed at least once in the past month for the salvation of a friend or family member who is not a Christian.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law Wednesday (May 25) a prohibition on abortion throughout pregnancy. Unlike heartbeat or 15-week bans adopted by some states, the law does not establish a stage weeks into pregnancy at which time the preborn child is protected. Instead, it defines an “unborn child” as a “human fetus or embryo in any stage of gestation from fertilization until birth.”

The law – described by some observers as the most restrictive abortion ban in the country – includes, however, exceptions to protect the life of the mother and in cases of rape or incest reported to law enforcement. Like a 2021 Texas law, the measure authorizes enforcement only by a private citizen bringing a civil lawsuit against someone who performed a prohibited abortion.

The new law took effect immediately.

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Evidence shows that adults, especially parents, reading to children is invaluable. The Bible is full of passages calling on parents to teach their children about the treasure of God’s Word.

In an article on Baptist Press, Champ Thornton shares a list of what he believes are the top 10 children’s storybooks for families.

The first is The Jesus Storybook Bible written by Sally Lloyd-Jones. The book share Biblical stories in faithful ways children can easily understand. It’s also filled with beautiful artwork to accompany the stories.

Rounding out the top five are: More than a Story, the Child’s Story Bible, The Big Picture Story Bible and The Gospel Story Bible.

You can find the full list at our website, Baptist Press.com.

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