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Longer Engagements Bride’s magazine finds the average length of engagements rising sharply during this decade, from 11 months in ’90 to 13 months now. The study reports 27% of weddings are paid for by the couple, with the bride’s father picking the whole tab only 19% of the time. The tab is rising too, now averaging $19,104. 40.8% of all weddings now occur in May, June, July and August. (Bride 6/98)
Since the late’30s, the Gallup Poll has asked Americans about church attendance. Historically, 40% said yes, but recent research found only about 20% actually attend in any given week, according to Religion in the News. The Study found that people figure that, even if they didn’t attend worship the week before, they can answer yes because they “usually” go to church. The study also revealed that some poll respondents count attending a wedding, funeral or even mowing the church lawn as church attendance. (Pastor’s Weekly Briefing 2/19/05)
The median ages for men and women marrying are 28 and 26 respectively. This compares to 23 and 20 in the early ‘60’s. Also, today only 1 out of 5 bride’s parents pays for the wedding. A trend that is influencing bridal gift choices and the amount spent on wedding gifts. On a sadder note, living together before marriage has increased 864% from ’60 with an estimated half of all couples marrying having lived together previously. (The Foster Network & WSJ 10/7/99)
In 1986 Paul Vitz, wrote a book entitled, Censorship: Evidence of bias in our children’s textbooks. Now, Paul Vitz is not some Bible-thumper, he is a professor of psychology at N.Y.U. and for his study he systematically examined some 90 widely used school textbooks. He wanted to answer the question: "Are public school textbooks bias against Christianity?" His study revealed some startling findings. "Religion, family values and certain economic and political positions have been systematically eliminated from children’s textbooks today. For example in a total of 670 stories from elementary readers there was not one reference to represent a positive side of religious life. Other religions were mentioned, but not Christianity. None of the social study books dealing with American social life, though they mention the family as a group of people living together, ever mention the word ma...
The U.S. bridal market generates $40 billion annually in retail sales. (Foster Letter 8/15/00)
Gifts for bridal attendants average $30.80 for an average of 10 attendants per wedding. (Foster Letter 8/15/00)
The average length of engagement rose sharply in ‘90’s from 11 months to 13 months. (Foster Letter 8/15/00)
Strange for us to think of idolatry as being something in the modern world but consider this:
• There are actually people who worship crawling creatures: In a museum in Egypt there is a monument to the scarob beetle.
• The philistines actually worshiped flies. Hindus today won’t swat a fly lest it be an ancestor of their paying for wrongs.
• Today you find that there are 330 million gods of the hindus, 8 gods for every person.
• In Thailand there are 20,000 buddist temples. In one there is a 2 inch tooth supposedly saved from Budda’s funeral.
• In China a buddist statue actual fell on a man and the family sued the budhas in the temple and it was found guilty and it and 14 other statues were actually beheaded. IDOLATRY is rampant in our world.
• The Roman Catholic Church has relics: Mary’s hair, Mary’s wedding ring, Mary’s holy girdle, the last supper basin, the burial cloth of Jesus, the lance which stuck in His side, actually footprints of Jesus, and John the Baptist: 3 shoulder blades, 4 legs, 5 arms, and 50 index fingers that supposed pointed and said...
Later Marriages: Typical first-time brides and grooms are nearly 4 years older than they were in ’60. Then men averaged age 22.8 and women 20.3 vs. 26.9 and 25.3 in ‘02. (USA Today 2/16/04)
eHarmony.com founded by Christian author and marriage counselor psychologist Dr. Neil Clark led the Internet personals category in new subscriptions by grabbing nearly 38% of total U.S. subscription sales generated by the top 12 dating sites, reports comScore. eHarmony’s radio and television ad campaign ($10 million last year) sets them apart in the $450 million U.S. Web personals industry. The 4-year-old dating site has 4 million members and 3,000 confirmed weddings. Membership, which runs nearly $100 for three months or almost $250 for a year, is about 2 1/2 times that of rival services. (USA Today 6/2/04)