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May 25, 2015
Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2015: Remembering the Sacrifices Others Have Made

Remember the lives people have given to maintain the freedom we have to worship in this country.
Memorial Day 2015: Remembering the Sacrifices Others Have Made
Brian Gaines / Wikipedia

Although I am in Brazil, I think that patriotic days like this are important—and as a dual citizen, of the United States and the Kingdom of God, I celebrate these days even when I am far away.

So, today, my family and I will take a moment, thank God for the freedom ...

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May 22, 2015
Science

3 Reasons for Christians to Engage in Science

A lot of Christians are nervous about engaging science, but should we be?
3 Reasons for Christians to Engage in Science
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I’ve always been a bit of a science nerd, and it appears I have passed that attribute on to my children. As I start this essay, my daughter has just shown me her clay model of the surface of the skin, complete with labels of the various layers.

Obviously, your first ...

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May 20, 2015
Culture

Evangelicals, Culture, and Post-Christian America

American culture is becoming less conducive to Christian values—it's a reality. The question is: what will the church do?
Evangelicals, Culture, and Post-Christian America

Whether we admit it or not, many evangelicals in America believe, deep down, that the church in America is the hope for Christianity and the spread of the gospel worldwide.

In some ways that's an unhelpful impulse, particularly when you consider how well the Global ...

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May 18, 2015
American Christianity

American Christianity Is Dead? Not So Fast. My article at CNN

In an article for CNN over the weekend, I explain the differences between Cultural, Congregational, and Convictional Christians.
American Christianity Is Dead? Not So Fast. My article at CNN

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Below is an excerpt from my CNN article called "No, American Christianity is not dead."

There is much talk about Christianity dying, which is just bad math (or another agenda). In this article, I used some brand-new General Social Survey (GSS) analysis. (The ...

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May 15, 2015
American Christianity

The Evangelicalization of American Christianity: My Piece for The Washington Post

Christianity's share of the population may be decreasing, but the Evangelicals' share of Christianity is growing.
The Evangelicalization of American Christianity: My Piece for The Washington Post

Since Pew Research Center released its religion survey data on Tuesday, my team and I have been hard at work analyzing the data and writing articles for this blog, USA Today, The Washington Post, and more to come.

We’ve gone from a time when nobody know what Jimmy ...

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May 13, 2015
American Christianity

The 'Christian Sky is (Not) Falling'— My Piece for USA Today

American Christianity is not dying; but it's slowly being clarified.
The 'Christian Sky is (Not) Falling'— My Piece for USA Today

Here's my article from USA Today this morning.

Keep in mind that authors don't pick titles, and the "survey fail" here is referring to how it is often reported. The survey is fine—but many are failing to report to see what it actually said.

In ...

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May 12, 2015
American Christianity

Nominals to Nones: 3 Key Takeaways from Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey

How are Christians to understand the data from the newest Pew study on Christianity in America?
Nominals to Nones: 3 Key Takeaways from Pew’s Religious Landscape Survey
Curtis Palmer / Wikipedia

As I've said before, Christianity is not dying; nominal Christianity is.

Today, Pew Research Center released a report drawing a variety of headlines—everything from “Christianity faces sharp decline as Americans are becoming even less affiliated with religion” ...

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Apr 24, 2015
Church Trends

3 Important Church Trends in the Next 10 Years

Christianity in the United States may look very different in 10 years.
3 Important Church Trends in the Next 10 Years
Nick Ares / Flickr

As someone who both cares about the mission of the church and leads a research organization, I watch the trends in the church and the culture. Occasionally, someone asks me to share some thoughts on the big picture, in the case of the North American context, questions related ...

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Mar 30, 2015
Culture

3 Reasons Public Places (Including Schools) Should Be Open to Churches

The Supreme Court denied hearing the case involving New York City's right to keep religious services out of schools.
3 Reasons Public Places (Including Schools) Should Be Open to Churches
Joe Ravi / Wikipedia

Update: New York City to change rules to allow churches to rent schools

Today the Supreme Court declined to review a case from New York City involving the city’s right to ban religious groups from holding worship services in public schools. Effectively this solidifies ...

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Mar 25, 2015
Urban Ministry

Finding the Mosaic in the Mess: The Reality of Urban Ministry

Doing ministry in the city can be messy, but there's beauty in the mess. Know and love your cities.
Finding the Mosaic in the Mess: The Reality of Urban Ministry
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In my work at LifeWay Research and through my blog, I regularly attempt to call the Church’s attention to cultural trends that affect the ways in which we share the gospel and accomplish the Great Commission in our local churches and our personal walks with Christ. ...

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Mar 19, 2015
Adoption

Building Families and Baby Boxes: A Response to a Recent Her.meneutics Post

Kelly Rosati and I address the criticism of The Drop Box film.
Building Families and Baby Boxes: A Response to a Recent Her.meneutics Post

I’m grateful to my good friend Ed Stetzer for allowing me space here to respond to Melanie Springer Mock’s article on Her.meneutics earlier this week, Build Families Not Baby Boxes. This is an important conversation for the pro-life and adoption communities and ...

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Mar 18, 2015
Work

What Does it Mean to Have an Abundant Life? Some Thoughts on Prosperity

We talk about "abundant life" in our churches regularly. What does it actually mean?
What Does it Mean to Have an Abundant Life? Some Thoughts on Prosperity
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When Christians talk about abundant life in Christ, they share some common beliefs and have points where their ideas diverge, as a Wikipedia article attests! But Scripture is clear that our new life is a reality. Second Corinthians 5:17 talks about this life when it says, ...

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Mar 6, 2015
Culture

3 Ways Christians Will Address Cultural Issues in the Coming Years

The way we engage culture as Christ followers matters. It matters a lot.
3 Ways Christians Will Address Cultural Issues in the Coming Years
Jean-Christophe BENOIST / Wikipedia

At some point during the 1980s and 90s, a desire birthed among politically conservative Christians to begin to stand for things that mattered to them culturally in more active ways than before.

What followed was a ground swell of support for what would become known as the ...

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Feb 11, 2015
Culture

Facing the Critical Distance

Kylee Pastore on art, Scripture, and the hermeneutic of patience.
Facing the Critical Distance
Ryan McGuire / Pixabay

Finding the Cultural Distance

The cluster of curious college students gathered before me in the vestibule of the Chicago Art Institute. This small group of bible college and seminary students had each expressed to me a desire to “learn how to look at art.” They ...

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Feb 10, 2015
Social Media

Why Your Church Should Be On Social Media Right Now

Social media is the new town square. Study the culture, and connect your church with your community.
Why Your Church Should Be On Social Media Right Now
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My mother-in-law is on Facebook, which can be, well, fun. The same is true for my teenage daughter.

Actually, about three-fourths of online adults are on some form of social networking.

This means that for the sake of the gospel and the mission, your church needs to have ...

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