The Bible teaches that each of us has received a gift with which we are to serve others. Why, then, are the proverbial 20 percent (according to the Pareto Principle) doing all the work? When talents are (kept) hidden, Pareto rears his head.

A recent article mentioned that Germans are leaving churches in droves. Members are not joining other movements but rather “disappearing into indifference.” At the end, it takes little more than “the smallest displeasure” for one to leave. So, how do you know if you are already on this slippery slope?

The United States of America just celebrated July 4th, which marks the day that the Second Continental Congress turned a collection of colonies into a sovereign nation. It is the highlight of the American Revolution and decidedly rejected British authority and rule. Problems between the countries included unfair taxation, unequal enforcement of trade agreements and the policy of the British monarch to make colonists as miserable as possible to affect a return to the fold.

What does this short history lesson have to do with Christian Independence Day? Everything.

You do not have to be churched to know some of the Bible stories. They crop up as wall murals, have entered pop culture and frequently make great anecdotal references in books and magazines. Have you ever wondered what the top five Bible stories are that almost everyone knows?

The Christian Post has put together a list of the quotes most commonly associated with the Bible (albeit erroneously). “God helps those who help themselves,” earned a top spot on this list. Although quite a few folks believe that it’s in the Bible, it is, in fact, a saying that goes back to Sophocles, a writer of ancient Greek tragedies. The saying was later on picked up by Benjamin Franklin; from there, it was catapulted into the mainstream.

The concept of being your brother’s keeper (or your sister’s keeper) is not new. In fact, Cain coined the phrase when feigning nonchalance before God after murdering his brother. For the modern-day Christian, the concept of being one another’s keeper is actually a concept that is firmly rooted in scripture. How so?