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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 19, 2014
Missiology

Are Youth Groups Bad? A Rant on Bad Research

Research show that youth groups are bad for our students, right? Not so fast.
Are Youth Groups Bad? A Rant on Bad Research
AllStarYouth / flickr

Now, everyone makes a mistake. But, sometimes, an article just proves a point about bad research.

So, let's dive in and look at four factors that show this is bad research.

First, authors don't usually pick headlines, but this headline makes quite a claim: "Youth ...

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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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Mar 19, 2014

3 Ways to Recognize Bad Stats

We need to be shrewd when it comes to statistics and reality: things are not always as they seem.
3 Ways to Recognize Bad Stats

­Often times, a statistic is like a piece of candy thrown at a parade—you really don't know if you should bite into it or not. We've all heard Mark Twain's famous quote about lies and statistics. There is a reason so many people have had skepticism toward ...

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Feb 5, 2014
Research

New Research: Survey Says Spiritual Maturity Comes through Intentionality

Transformational Discipleship Canada sheds light on what causes spiritual maturity.
New Research: Survey Says Spiritual Maturity Comes through Intentionality

Today I am speaking at an event in Vancouver, BC that is being broadcast all over Western Canada. so I thought it would be appropriate to share some of our recent research on Transformational Discipleship in Canada.

LifeWay Research surveyed a representative sample of 1,086 ...

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Jan 3, 2014
Research

New Research: Naming a Baby "Messiah" is Fine with Most Americans

What do you think about naming a baby "Messiah?"
New Research: Naming a Baby "Messiah" is Fine with Most Americans

In the summer of 2013, you may recall hearing about a story out of East Tennessee regarding a couple that named their baby "Messiah."

Jaleesa Martin and the father of her child appeared in court in August to settle which last name the baby boy would bear as the ...

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Dec 17, 2013
Research

New Research: Americans Prefer In-Person Preaching to Video

New LifeWay Research Survey reveals preaching preferences of church visitors.
New Research: Americans Prefer In-Person Preaching to Video
Sean Molin Photography / flickr

Recently, LifeWay Research conducted a study on video venue/multisite churches. I have always been interested in this technology and the phenomenon of live-streamed sermons in churches in place of a present, physical preaching pastor. I have written about multisite churches ...

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Dec 17, 2013
Research

Of Course People Prefer Live Preaching, But Video Venues Work When You Work Them

New LifeWay Research reveals new information on church video venues.
Of Course People Prefer Live Preaching, But Video Venues Work When You Work Them
Westminster Presbyterian Greensboro / flickr

When my Senior Pastor suggested in 2001 that our church should open a new venue utilizing video teaching I told him it was the dumbest idea I'd ever heard. Who would want to watch him teach on a video screen? (I probably got away with more than other staff members because ...

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Dec 17, 2013
Research

Video Venues are a Barrier to Most of the People We Want to Reach

New LifeWay Research reveals new information on church video venues.
Video Venues are a Barrier to Most of the People We Want to Reach
lifepointe / flickr

I've been a pretty vocal critic of video venues through the years. It's not that I don't think that God can and even often does bless preaching that comes off a screen, it's more that I am concerned for the formation of communities who choose this route and ...

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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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Nov 19, 2013
Research

New Research: Discipleship in Canada

Transformational Discipleship Assessment reveals Bible engagement shortcomings in Canada.
New Research: Discipleship in Canada
Paul Bica / flickr

LifeWay Research has recently released research about Bible engagement in all of North America, with part of that research particularly focusing on Canada. Below is an excerpt from the full article over at the LifeWay news site, including some of my thoughts on the findings ...

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Oct 16, 2013
Research

New Research: Bad Choices Burden Americans

Many Americans are weighed down by the burden and regret of past mistakes.
New Research: Bad Choices Burden Americans

This is a news release originally posted on the LifeWay Newsroom.

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When asked to respond to the statement, "I am dealing with the consequences of a bad decision," 47 percent of respondents agree.

While self-defined Protestant or non-denominational Christians ...

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Oct 9, 2013
Research

New Research: Protestants Increase Involvement in Social Justice

New LifeWay Research statistics show Protestant participation in social justice efforts is on the rise.
New Research: Protestants Increase Involvement in Social Justice
Melody Harrison Hanson / flickr

Recently, I wrote an article for Sojourners magazine on new data that shows that Protestant churches are steadily increasing their interest and involvement in social justice ministries. We highlighted a number of churches, including Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC and 12Stone ...

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