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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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Dec 9, 2014
Research

The Church and Mental Illness Part 2: Medicine and Therapy

How do pastors feel about mental illness medication and therapy?
The Church and Mental Illness Part 2: Medicine and Therapy
Tom Varco / Wikipedia

In my last post, I began discussing the results of some recent research conducted by LifeWay Research on the church and mental illness. I laid out information that reveals the current general view of pastors on the subject, some of which is encouraging and some of which is rather ...

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Dec 4, 2014
Research

New Research: The Divorce of Church and State in Marriage?

Americans and pastors weigh in on the relationship between the church and State when it comes to marriage.
New Research: The Divorce of Church and State in Marriage?
alexramos10 / flickr

Marriage. It's what brings us together today.

...

The results of our study are fascinating and surprising to me. Here are some of the key findings showing the views of the general American public:

60% say the government should not define or regulate marriage. 49% ...
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Dec 2, 2014
Research

The Church and Mental Illness Part 1: Aspirations v. Reality

A significant percentage of pastors aspire to address mental illness, but how many actually do?
The Church and Mental Illness Part 1: Aspirations v. Reality

Mental health has been a hot topic of conversation lately, and rightly so, because the church honestly doesn’t know how to deal with the multi-faceted issue.

At Facts & Trends, our LifeWay magazine where I serve as the Executive Editor, we decided to do a cover ...

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Nov 20, 2014
Research

Immigration and Church—Why It Matters

New research shows pastors recognize the responsibility of caring for the immigrant.
Immigration and Church—Why It Matters

Tonight, President Barack Obama is speaking in prime-time on the issue of immigration. Many think he is going to explain and enact an executive order protecting approximately five million people from being deported out of the United States.

Like many other evangelical leaders, ...

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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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Sep 22, 2014
Research

New Research: Mental Illness Still Taboo for Many Pastors

New research suggests Christians struggle with mental illness and pastors feel unequipped to help.
New Research: Mental Illness Still Taboo for Many Pastors
Alex Proimos / Wikimedia

Recently at LifeWay Research, we've been doing an extensive series of studies on mental health and the church. Working with various organizations and churches, our hope is to better equip the people of God to minister to those struggling with mental illness. To download ...

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Sep 5, 2014
Research

Atheists Accuse Evangelical Researchers (US!) of Bias-- Let's Take a Look!

Humanists say LifeWay Research was biased, but both polls are helpful
Atheists Accuse Evangelical Researchers (US!) of Bias-- Let's Take a Look!
Steven Depolo / flickr

Can an evangelical research firm poll fairly on matters of religion?

Hemant Mehta, the “Friendly Atheist,” references our poll and compares it to a more recent one commissioned by the American Humanist Association (AHA). He said the AHA chose to conduct a new ...

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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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