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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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Jun 24, 2015
Survey

The 2015 Exchange Reader Survey

Please take a moment and provide feedback for the work we do here at the blog.
The 2015 Exchange Reader Survey

Hello blog readers! Ed Stetzer here.

Starting today and going through 11:59pm next Wedsnesday, July 1st, I am asking all of you to participate in the inaugural, and what will hopefully be annual, Reader Survey for The Exchange.

My team and I have some changes in mind ...

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Jun 24, 2015
Research

Special Events and the Church: New Research from Eventbrite

A new study commissioned by Eventbrite looks at the effects of special religious events.
Special Events and the Church: New Research from Eventbrite
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I’m a stats nerd.

If you read this blog with any regularity and you don’t know that yet, I’ve failed you. I’m the executive director of LifeWay Research, so naturally I like analyzing and explaining the data we collect. But, at the same time, I love ...

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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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Jun 9, 2015
Research

The Present and Future of Evangelicalism: An Interview with Dr. Rodney Stark

I recently talked with renowned sociologist Dr. Rodney Stark about the present and future of evangelicalism.
The Present and Future of Evangelicalism: An Interview with Dr. Rodney Stark
Michael Swan / Flickr

We at LifeWay Research are in the process of doing a major project on evangelicalism, and I’ve been contacting some scholars on the subject. It’s interesting to note that the scholarly view of the state and future of evangelicalism tends to be very different from ...

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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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Jan 31, 2015
Research

Saturday is for Seminars: New Christian Media Research to be Released at NRB Convention 2015

Join LifeWay Research at the NRB annual convention in February for new research on who engages Christian media.

“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14 (HCSB)

“We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
Colossians 1:28 (HCSB)

Inherent ...

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Dec 29, 2014
Exponential

The Spiritual Openness of the Younger Unchurched

What's the status of the church and how might we share the gospel in this time?
The Spiritual Openness of the Younger Unchurched

There's an idea that Christianity in America is dying. No serious researcher—not one—thinks that. However, I still am surprised that some people think this. (For a quick analysis, see this article.)

Facts are our friends, in this and in every situation, ...

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Dec 16, 2014
Research

The Church and Mental Illness Part 3: Pastors' Struggles and Churches' Support

In our final part of this series, we look at pastors' struggles with mental illness and the supportiveness of churches.
The Church and Mental Illness Part 3: Pastors' Struggles and Churches' Support
Ryan Melaugh / Flickr

In my first post, I began discussing the results of some recent research conducted by LifeWay Research (in partnership with Focus on the Family and an anonymous donor) on the church and mental illness. I shared information that reveals the current general view of pastors on ...

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Dec 10, 2014
Research

New Research: Americans Want to Keep Christ in Christmas

What do Americans think about the Christian part of the Christmas season?
New Research: Americans Want to Keep Christ in Christmas
travisspencer / flickr

In recent years there has been some significant discussion and controversy over the de-Christianization of Christmas. With shop workers being told to say "Happy Holidays" the over-emphasis of Santa Claus, Elf on the Shelf, and other such traditions, many have felt ...

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