Jump directly to the content
| Research; Theology

Shame, Guilt, and Fear: What 1,000 Americans Avoid Most

Churches may be emphasizing the wrong selling point of the gospel, suggests LifeWay.
Shame, Guilt, and Fear: What 1,000 Americans Avoid Most
Image: Eusebius / Wikimedia

Many Americans are more worried about their reputation than their conscience.

They worry less about guilt and fear and more about avoiding shame, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

Shame has become particularly powerful in American culture in the internet ...

Continue Reading


| Religious Freedom

ICE Deports Christian Who Fled Persecution Back to Indonesia

Man who sought asylum in New Jersey church caught up in 100-day surge in non-criminal arrests.
ICE Deports Christian Who Fled Persecution Back to Indonesia
Image: Reformed Church of Highland Park / Facebook

Four years ago, eight Indonesian Christians living in a New Jersey church received some encouraging news: despite overstaying their visas for more than a decade, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents would not be deporting them.

This year, ICE changed its mind.

Four ...

Continue Reading


| International; Theology

Lutherans Remember the Reformation Where Germany Committed Genocide

Lutheran World Federation assembles in Namibia for 500th anniversary of Martin Luther.
Lutherans Remember the Reformation Where Germany Committed Genocide
Image: LWF / Johanan Celine Valeriano

Hundreds of Lutherans gathered this week for a global commemoration of the Reformation. But they didn’t do it in Germany, where their namesake Martin Luther was born and where he hammered out his 95 theses.

Instead, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) gathered in Namibia, ...

Continue Reading


| Religious Freedom; Research

You Can Debate Franklin Graham on Martyrs, But Not the World’s Persecution Problem

DC summit rallies victims and advocates from 130 nations, including Vice President Pence.
You Can Debate Franklin Graham on Martyrs, But Not the World’s Persecution Problem
Image: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Franklin Graham condemned the “Christian genocide” that’s killing “over 100,000 a year because of their faith in Christ” at a Washington, D.C., gathering of 600 persecuted believers and their advocates from 130 countries.

“I am sure the number ...

Continue Reading


| International; Religious Freedom

Why US Christians Risk Their Lives to Teach in North Korea

Two arrested from private university in Pyongyang that gives evangelicals a way in.
Why US Christians Risk Their Lives to Teach in North Korea
Image: UriTours / Flickr

The recent arrest of two American citizens working in North Korea has brought attention to the curious case of Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), an American-founded, evangelical-affiliated school in the capital city of the world’s most notorious dictatorship. ...

Continue Reading


| People; Research

Trump to Liberty Grads: Outsiders Change the World

Most white evangelicals are happy with the leader Jerry Falwell Jr. calls their ‘dream president.’
Trump to Liberty Grads: Outsiders Change the World
Image: Drew Angerer / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Update (May 13): President Donald Trump told a roaring crowd at Liberty University’s commencement to follow their Christian convictions, even when it means feeling like an outsider or taking a stand against the establishment.

“Being an outsider is fine. Embrace the ...

Continue Reading


| International; Research

Pew: Here’s How Badly Soviet Atheism Failed in Europe

In 18 nations across Central and Eastern Europe, religion is now essential to national identity.
Pew: Here’s How Badly Soviet Atheism Failed in Europe
Image: David Mdzinarishvili / Reuters

“Believing and belonging, without behaving.”

This is how the Pew Research Center summarizes the surge of Christianity in Europe around the fallen Iron Curtain roughly 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

“The comeback of religion in a region once ...

Continue Reading


| Research; Theology

Many Practicing Christians Agree with Marxism (and Other Competing Worldviews)

Barna also examines the influence of postmodernism, secularism, and ‘new spirituality’ in the pews.
Many Practicing Christians Agree with Marxism (and Other Competing Worldviews)
Image: Pierre Wolfer / Flickr

They identify as Christians, attend church at least once a month, and say their faith is very important in their lives. Barna Group calls them “practicing Christians.”

But according to a new report by Barna and Summit Ministries, in addition to their Christian beliefs, ...

Continue Reading


| Family and Sexuality; Research

Moral Law: Americans Agree on More Morality, Disagree on Method

Survey examines attitudes on where morals come from and how to bolster behavior.
Moral Law: Americans Agree on More Morality, Disagree on Method
Image: A. Davey / Flickr

When it comes to morality, evangelicals and religious “nones” overwhelmingly agree on one thing: it’s declining.

One factor: Too many laws regulating moral behavior have been removed, according to 7 in 10 Americans with evangelical beliefs. Yet 6 in 10 believe ...

Continue Reading


| International; Research

Christian Governor of Jakarta Jailed, Found Guilty of Blasphemy

Indonesian court gives Ahok harsher sentence than prosecutors requested.
Christian Governor of Jakarta Jailed, Found Guilty of Blasphemy
Image: Bay Ismoyo / AFP

Indonesia’s top Christian politician has been convicted of blasphemy and sentenced to two years in prison.

Prosecutors had recommended a light suspended sentence for Jakarta governor Basuki Purnama (popularly known as Ahok) after blasphemy charges led to his failed bid ...

Continue Reading