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Feb 8, 2016
Church

Nominal Nation—The Shift Away from Self-Identified Christianity

The decline of nominal Christianity is an opportunity for the gospel
Nominal Nation—The Shift Away from Self-Identified Christianity
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There was a time in American history when it seemed like everyone was a Christian. Now, depending on where in America you live, it can seem like no one is a Christian. In reality, in our lifetimes, there was never a time when everyone was a Christian, and there will never ...

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Dec 14, 2015
Research

What Is Church Attendance Like During Christmastime? New Data From LifeWay Research

Most Americans attend church during the Christmas season, and many would come if invited.
What Is Church Attendance Like During Christmastime? New Data From LifeWay Research

Recently, LifeWay Research conducted a study to learn more about church attendance patterns during Christmastime. Historically, pastors and church leaders know that Christmastime attracts more visitors than perhaps any other time of the year, outside of perhaps the Lenten ...

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Dec 9, 2015
Pastors

Need More Evidence Pastoring is Not a Doomsday Profession? Look at the Wesleyan Church

A lot of rumors fly about the poor state of pastors' emotional and mental health.
Need More Evidence Pastoring is Not a Doomsday Profession? Look at the Wesleyan Church

In case you have missed it, over the course of the last couple of months, I've been reiterating something I've been saying for a long time.

On October 14th, I wrote:

People are legitimately concerned about how many pastors are leaving the ministry. You can hear ...
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Dec 8, 2015
Research
Responding to the MTV Report on Our Abortion Data: A Guest Post by Scott McConnell

When MTV published their article last week on our abortion research, the article was forwarded to me, and I was a bit taken aback. The headline is certainly a shocking one, and it makes Christians out to look like the hypocrites many non-Christians see them to be.

Here ...

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Nov 6, 2015
Research

Despite Wrong Doomsday Stats, Pastors Holding Up Just Fine

Somehow, bad stats about pastor misery persist. LifeWay Research data gives us a clearer picture of reality.
Despite Wrong Doomsday Stats, Pastors Holding Up Just Fine
Jet Lowe / Wikipedia

Over the course of the last few weeks, I've published a couple of blog posts in an attempt to further squelch the false idea that pastors are constantly miserable and that thousands of them are leaving the church each year.

The fact is, they are doing just fine. There ...

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Nov 4, 2015
Culture

Three Ways Christians Can Be Like Jesus Amidst a More Polarized Culture

New data from Pew Research Center points to a growing ideological polarization in the U.S., and an opportunity for us to be like Jesus.
Three Ways Christians Can Be Like Jesus Amidst a More Polarized Culture
Heinrich Hofmann

Yesterday morning, Pew Research Center published a new set of data from a recent study on Americans and religion. You may remember a similar study in May of this year called the "American Religious Landscape" survey. (For my take on those, see articles at CNN, USAToday, ...

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Nov 2, 2015
Research

How Do Americans See Sacred Texts? New Data From LifeWay Research

Americans see the Christian Bible and the Muslim Quran in very different ways.
How Do Americans See Sacred Texts? New Data From LifeWay Research
Habib M’henni / Wikipedia

Last week, we released a study on how people view sacred texts. Click here to see the LifeWay Research report. It also in the November 2015 issue of WORLD Magazine. Below are some of the most notable data points from the survey.

How Do Americans See the Bible?

As one ...

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Oct 30, 2015
Research

Does Halloween Scare Off Americans? New Data from LifeWay Research

How do you view the holiday? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Does Halloween Scare Off Americans? New Data from LifeWay Research
Jamal Fanaian / Wikipedia

Earlier this week, LifeWay Research released data from a recent survey gauging American views on Halloween. The holiday is one of the more controversial of the most popular American holidays because of it's relationship with witchcraft, paganism, and other "dark" ...

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Oct 9, 2015
Research

Arguments for the Creator Point to Inconsistent Worldviews

Both Christians and non-Christians see evidence for a Creator. How does this belief affect our lives?
Arguments for the Creator Point to Inconsistent Worldviews
Bill Anders / NASA

The Nagging Feeling of a Creator

As a Christian, I doubted my belief in God. This doubt was born of inexperience with the Christian community as well as inattentiveness to the life of the mind. I set out to answer my doubts and found that there were many arguments for belief ...

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Aug 23, 2015
Sermon Research

Sunday is for Sermon Research: Jesus Builds His Church

Let PROtheo help you gather resources to study for your sermon preparation.
Sunday is for Sermon Research: Jesus Builds His Church

Today, we continue our series on the blog highlighting how I do sermon reserach in my church, in my case, using the sermon research service PROtheo to maximize sermon preparation time. See a couple of our other posts about sermon research here and here.

At Grace Church ...

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Aug 19, 2015
Research

NEW RESEARCH: Divorce Divides More Than Just Families

Pastors are divided about when divorce is sinful and whether or not they would perform the wedding of someone who is divorced.
NEW RESEARCH: Divorce Divides More Than Just Families

Last week, LifeWay Research released new data from a recent study on how Protestant pastors and Americans see divorce. What makes divorce sinful? Do circumstances around the divorce drastically affect how pastors or Americans view divorce?

What Do Americans Think?

Aaron ...

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Aug 2, 2015
Sermon Research

Sunday is for Sermon Research: The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees

How my prep process works, partnering with a sermon researcher.
Sunday is for Sermon Research: The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees

Today, we continue our series on how I prepare sermons—just in case anyone is interested!

As I've mentioned before, I use a sermon research service (PROtheo) to gather the resources for me to study so I can maximize sermon preparation time.

Most of my sermons ...

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Jul 14, 2015
Research

NEW RESEARCH: Should Christians Support Israel? Most Pastors Think So.

What do Americans and Christians think about God's relationship with Israel?
NEW RESEARCH: Should Christians Support Israel? Most Pastors Think So.
Grauesel / Wikipedia

This morning, President Barack Obama announced that the United States reached a deal with Iran on its nuclear program after extended talks in Vienna, Austria. Here's an excerpt from CNN explaining the deal:

The deal reduces the number of Iranian centrifuges by two-thirds. ...
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Jul 3, 2015
Research

God and Country: Americans' Views of God's 'Relationship' with the U.S

What do Americans think about the United States and God? Fascinating new data.
God and Country: Americans' Views of God's 'Relationship' with the U.S

Happy Fourth of July weekend folks, my American readers!

Two hundred thirty-nine years ago tomorrow, Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, nearly a month before it would eventually be signed. I hope you're having a fun weekend, getting to enjoy some time ...

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Jun 30, 2015
Research

Is Islam a Threat to Religious Freedom? New Data from LifeWay Research

New LifeWay Research shows what Americans think about the effects of Islam on religious freedom around the world.
Is Islam a Threat to Religious Freedom? New Data from LifeWay Research
Ggia / Wikipedia

Muslims around the world are approximately halfway through the month of Ramadan, a month of fasting out of observance of what they believe is the first revelation of the Qur'an to Muhammad.

Needless to say, this has not been a good week for the "view" of Islam, ...

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