Tim Keller supervised a doctor of ministry student studying the factors associated w/ children embracing the Christian faith of parents.
6,000 15-16 yr olds surveyed at a huge youth event in Philadelphia.
Among other questions, they were asked: Are you on your way to embracing your parent's faith? Do you think 10 years from now you will be a Christian going to church?
Christian School v. Home School v. Public School, family devotions, youth group, were not factors in whether kids were more likely to embrace their parent's faith.
Kids who said "my parents understand the real world, and they understand my world, and I think if I had a problem they'd understand it" were much more likely to embrace their parent's faith.
Thanks to Stan Gibson for sharing this interesting study!
The church and the home must be a place where kids (and adults) can ask the hard questions. No question is too hard for God.
Jesus is alive and practical "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10
Here is Tim Keller's sermon "It Takes a City to Raise a Child", in which he describes this study ... http://download.redeemer.com/audio/Takes_City_to_Raise_Child.m3u