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Oct 26, 2016
election, evangelical, republican, democrat

Evangelicals are for Trump, Clinton, and Others

Party affiliation is a much stronger predictor of voting preferences than faith.
Evangelicals are for Trump, Clinton, and Others

This week, I will be in Atlanta speaking at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, presenting data alongside Greg Smith, of Pew Research, on evangelicals and the election.

A few months ago, I worked with LifeWay Research and the National Association of Evangelicals ...

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Sep 16, 2016
RESEARCH, TRENDS IN CHRISTIANITY, NONES

The State of The Church in America: When Numbers Point To A New Reality, Part 3

Before you dismiss research as unimportant, read this. If facts are our friends, then it's time we listen to them for the good of the Church in America.
The State of The Church in America: When Numbers Point To A New Reality, Part 3
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The (Formerly Christian) Nones

The Nones, as we discussed earlier, are on the rise. Almost 1 in 4 Americans now claims to have no religious affiliation. That number will likely grow in the years to come. About a third of Millennial Americans, according to Pew, are now Nones. ...

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Sep 14, 2016
RESEARCH, TRENDS IN CHRISTIANITY, NONES

The State of The Church in America: When Numbers Point To A New Reality, Part 2

Before you dismiss research as unimportant, read this. If facts are our friends, then it's time we listen to them for the good of the Church in America.
The State of The Church in America: When Numbers Point To A New Reality, Part 2
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Mainline Protestants

Mainline Protestants (those in the United Methodist Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA], Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church [U.S.A.], American Baptist Churches, United Church of Christ [UCC], and The Christian Church [Disciples of Christ]) ...

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Sep 12, 2016
research, trends in Christianity, Nones

The State of The Church in America: When Numbers Point To A New Reality, Part 1

Before you dismiss research as unimportant, read this. If facts are our friends, then it's time we listen to them for the good of the Church in America.
The State of The Church in America: When Numbers Point To A New Reality, Part 1
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The polls are in and the news is bad for the Church in America.

Christianity is on the decline, Americans have given up on God, and the “Nones”—those who have no religious ties—are on the rise. It is indeed true that parts of the Christian Church in America ...

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Jul 27, 2016
Research

Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry

Facts are our friends, and so are stats.
Why You Should Use Stats in Ministry
Yahoo Movies / Sony

Those of you who know me know my tentative relationship with all things sports. But, with our move to Wheaton I wanted to approach our new home missionally, so, I took in a Chicago Cubs game.

It isn’t that I know nothing of sports; I just haven’t kept up much. Going ...

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Jun 29, 2016
Church

Issues in the Future of Evangelicalism

The future of evangelicalism includes harsh realities for churches.
Issues in the Future of Evangelicalism

The enduring question for the church is this: how do we fulfill the Great Commission in a rapidly changing world?

We—the church of the West—receive no exception from the question.

But it appears that despite our best efforts to keep up with the ever-morphing values ...

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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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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
Wikimedia Commons

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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