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Apr 15, 2016
Culture

Trump, Evangelicals, and the Elephant in the Room

Who are evangelicals and who are they really voting for?
Trump, Evangelicals, and the Elephant in the Room

Do evangelicals support Donald Trump for president, or do they not? It depends on who you ask, and what you ask them. It also depends on who is an evanglical. Or who says “I’m an evangelical.”

It can be rather tricky.

There are some evangelicals who say, “The ...

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Apr 8, 2016
Weekend Edition

Weekend Edition—April 8, 2016

Religious liberty, Kindness, Discipleship, and more!
Weekend Edition—April 8, 2016

Down in Georgia, here's what the news media's love of 'religious liberty' scare quotes tells you—Bobby Ross, Jr.

"Journalists" need to use scare-quotes less. It's a form of editorializing.

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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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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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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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Jun 12, 2015
Denominations

The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN

Membership, baptism, and weekly attendance numbers are down in the largest evangelical denomination, but evangelicalism is a different story.
The Rapid Rise of Nondenominational Christianity: My Most Recent Piece at CNN
Courtesy of the General Sociological Survey

CNN has posted a story I wrote describing the drastic rise of nondenominationalism among those whose religious preference is "Protestant." Here is the chart that tells the story visually, that we describe there verbally.

Using a baseline average from 1972–1976, ...

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Feb 12, 2015
Research

NEW RESEARCH: How Americans View Islam

The way Americans and American pastors view Islam is affected by the work of ISIS.
NEW RESEARCH: How Americans View Islam
Lilian Wagdy / Wikipedia

Yesterday, LifeWay Research released new data on how Americans and American protestant pastors view Islam in light of ISIS. USA TODAY ran a story with our data. Here's a brief excerpt:

More than a quarter of Americans and nearly half of senior Protestant pastors say ...
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Oct 13, 2014
Mental Illness

Mental Illness and the Church: An Analysis, a guest post by David Murray

What do the stats tell us about how the church deals with mental illness?
Mental Illness and the Church: An Analysis, a guest post by David Murray

Just over a year ago, a Christian family that has struggled with severe mental illness in their family circles for many years decided to donate a large sum of money to fund research into acute mental illness and the Christian faith. Their burden and passion was to help sufferers, ...

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Jun 3, 2014
Mental Illness

Mental Illness and the Christian: Scripture and Science

What do Christians do about mental illness? Do we look to Scripture, science, or both?
Mental Illness and the Christian: Scripture and Science
Fillmore Photography / flickr

Recently, a church member shared two stories on mental health that I thought were fascinating and worth considering.

I have written frequently on mental illness (and medication) as of late. In addition, LifeWay Research is currently engaged in some significant research ...

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May 26, 2014
Research

Discipleship in Canada: Sharing Faith and Making Relationships at Church

What is the state of discipleship in Canada, specifically as it relates to sharing faith and befriending other churchgoers?
Discipleship in Canada: Sharing Faith and Making Relationships at Church

I'm up in Calgary this week, and will actually return to Canada several times in the next year, to talk about our Transformational Discipleship study of Canadians. Through extensive testing (the largest research project of its kind ever done), the LifeWay Research team ...

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May 2, 2014
United Kingdom

"Fresh Expressions" of Church in the United Kingdom

Christianity in the United Kingdom is not dead. In fact, it may have new life in "Fresh Expressions of Church."
"Fresh Expressions" of Church in the United Kingdom
Adrian Pingstone / Wikicommons

Recently, there has been talk of the identity of the United Kingdom as a Christian nation. Prime Minister David Cameron first made mention of it a couple of weeks ago, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, agreed.

Faith expression in the U.K. is certainly in flux. ...

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Dec 5, 2013
Australia

"Salt of the earth" church attenders seek to maintain their saltiness

Are Australian Christians maintaining their reputation as being the "salt of the earth?"
"Salt of the earth" church attenders seek to maintain their saltiness
bobarcpics / flickr

Being described as "the salt of the earth" is generally a good thing. Such as person is kind, honest, decent and reliable. They are distinctive. They stand out. They make the world a better – tastier – place. This phrase is found in the Bible, used by ...

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Nov 20, 2013
Australia

The State of Faith Down Under

Three major components to the current state of the Church in Australia
The State of Faith Down Under
StanfordsTravel / flickr

Less than a week from today one of my daughters and I will be on our way to the other side of the world to spend some time in Australia. I have been before, but I am excited to take Jaclyn Down Under to experience a different culture (and hopefully see some animals as that ...

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Sep 24, 2013
Outreach 100

Trends Among the Fastest-Growing and Largest U.S. Churches

Large and fast-growing churches make sacrifices for the kingdom of God.
Trends Among Growing Churches: Some Reflections on the Fastest Growing and Largest U.S. Churches
Courtesy of Outreach

Outreach Magazine just released their Outreach 100 issue for 2013. LifeWay Research does the research for this issue. I was particularly encouraged to see the list focus especially on fastest growing churches. You can subscribe to the magazine here. Here is my article with a ...

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Sep 17, 2013
Research

Mental Illness and the Church: New Research on Mental Health from LifeWay Research

Half of evangelicals believe prayer can heal mental illness
Mental Illness and the Church: New Research on Mental Health from LifeWay Research

Yesterday's tragic shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. was yet another reminder of the fragility of life. Unfortunately this horrific occurrence, like others before it, could possibly have been avoided.

This morning, we learned of the shooter's struggles ...

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