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Louis Zamperini (1917-2014)


Louis Zamperini, Olympic runner, WWII vet, POW, and adult convert to Christ, passed away this morning due to complications with pneumonia. He was 97 years old. Denny Burk has a nice write up on his remarkable and accomplished life.

Zamperini’s life story is told in Laura Hillenbrand’s best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption (soon to become a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie).  

‘Non-Traditional’ Students Are Majority on College Campuses

Read the breakdown (reported in July 2013, the data appears to be 2011-2012).

Underemployment & College Major. Correlation?

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Are Large Amounts of Student Debt Common?

Whether student debt loads are contributing to the decline in home ownership or not, the personal horror stories making headlines are not normative. That isn’t to say that lots of people don’t have loads of student loads. But on a percentage based, it’s a minority: In 2012, less than 10 percent of students completing a bachelor’s degree had more than $49,000 in debt. Only 0.3 percent of undergraduates had six figures of debt.  The median debt at graduation for a bachelor’s degree was just under $17,000.  (The average figure in 2012 has been reported by another source as being just north of  $29,000.)

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Are Student Loans Holding Back Home Ownership?

A good article in the WSJ explores the question:

Smaller Share of College Students Are Working Their Way Through School

This does not bode well. Since 1979, “taking inflation into account college costs for both private and public institutions have more than doubled, while median hourly wages for young people have fallen by 18%.”

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Related: The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

Big Sale on Preparing Your Teens for College

Available on Amazon’s Kindle, or other e-readers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or learn more about the book.

New Documentary Asks Is College Worth It? Why is it So Expensive?

This documentary hits theaters this month:

Westminster’s Global Impact

WTS Global Impact:

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Most Southern Baptist Churches Baptize Almost No Millennials

The troubling decline in SBC baptisms has entered its 7th year, per the 2013 Annual Church Profile. Kate Tracy with Christianity Today writes:

According to a recent report by a special task force of pastors, the baptism drought in America’s largest evangelical denomination—which counts 15.7 million members and 5.8 million Sunday worshipers—is worst among millennials.

In last year’s Annual Church Profile, 60 percent of the more than 46,000 churches in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) reported no youth baptisms (ages 12 to 17) in 2012, and 80 percent reported only one or zero baptisms among young adults (ages 18 to 29). One in four Southern Baptist churches reported zero baptisms overall in 2012, while the “only consistently growing” baptism group was children under five years old.

The task force report acknowledges five weaknesses:

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