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Increasingly, Religious 'Nones' Support Pastors Preaching Politics on Pulpit Freedom Sunday

On eve of seventh Sunday protest, here's what surveys suggest Americans think.
Increasingly, Religious 'Nones' Support Pastors Preaching Politics on Pulpit Freedom Sunday
Alliance Defending Freedom

As almost 1,500 pastors attempt to provoke the IRS this Sunday by preaching political messages from their pulpits, a recent survey finds that Americans increasingly agree they should have such a right—including the religiously unaffiliated.

This weekend will be the ...

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What Americans Pray For and Against (Per Max Lucado's LifeWay Survey)

Research reveals top topics and how often people say prayers are answered.
What Americans Pray For and Against (Per Max Lucado's LifeWay Survey)
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When God answers prayer, he tends to do it in the South.

At least, so say Americans who participated in a new poll from LifeWay Research sponsored by popular pastor and author Max Lucado. Southerners (31 percent) are twice as likely as Northeasterners (15 percent) to say ...

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1 in 4 Pastors Have Struggled with Mental Illness, Finds LifeWay and Focus on the Family

Family ministry has LifeWay Research examine how well (or not well) churches address mental health.
1 in 4 Pastors Have Struggled with Mental Illness, Finds LifeWay and Focus on the Family
LifeWay Research

[Updated with Ed Stetzer quotes]

Your pastor is just as likely to experience mental illness as any other American, according to a LifeWay Research survey commissioned by Focus on the Family.

Nearly 1 in 4 pastors (23 percent) acknowledge they have “personally struggled ...

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Pew Surprised by How Many Americans Want Religion Back in Politics

Fresh stats on who thinks churches should endorse candidates, whether homosexual behavior is a sin, and has it gotten harder to be an evangelical.
Pew Surprised by How Many Americans Want Religion Back in Politics
Pew Research Center

More Americans want more religion in politics, according to a new Pew Research Center study exploring the "growing appetite" for churches endorsing political candidates and other intersections of church and state.

While three out of four Americans (72%, a record ...

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Does Islam Encourage Violence More Than Other Religions?

New Pew survey examines who says yes and no.
Does Islam Encourage Violence More Than Other Religions?
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As debate continues over President Obama's assertion about the religious nature (or lack thereof) of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, a new Pew Research Center study finds that more Americans across the board believe that Islam encourages violence more than other ...

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How 727 Megachurches Spend Their Money

Leadership Network and Vanderbloemen find what determines pastor salaries (and who might be most underpaid).
How 727 Megachurches Spend Their Money
Courtesy of Leadership Network

Two organizations that know megachurches well have released a new study they describe as “by far the biggest-scale, cross-denominational response anyone has ever collected about church finances.”

Leadership Network and Vanderbloemen Search Group surveyed 727 ...

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Facebook Finds Bible, C. S. Lewis Have Affected Many Users

Social network studied 130,000 status updates to find most-influential books.
Facebook Finds Bible, C. S. Lewis Have Affected Many Users
Facebook screenshot - UBS Digital Bible

“List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way,” a recent Facebook meme directed. “Don't take more than a few minutes, and don't think too hard. They do not have to be the 'right' books or great works of literature, just ones that have ...

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Behind Ferguson: How Black and White Christians Think Differently About Race

Findings from significant study of religion and race in America inform debate over reactions to Michael Brown's death.
Behind Ferguson: How Black and White Christians Think Differently About Race
Christianity Today

As protests and vigils have become daily occurences in Ferguson, Missouri, so have online debates over how black and white Christians have (broadly speaking) reacted differently since teenager Michael Brown was killed by police officer Darren Wilson in a St. Louis suburb ...

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Want to Love Your Job? Church Can Help, Study Says

The catch: The church you attend has to emphasize faith-work integration—and you have to show up.
Want to Love Your Job? Church Can Help, Study Says
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If they can be tempted away from their workplaces to worship, churches can make parishioners happier with their jobs, new research shows.

Regular attenders who frequent a church that teaches God is present at your workplace, work is a mission from God, or that faith can ...

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Mystery Shoppers Rate Church Size

Over six years, more than 4,000 unchurched mystery guests visited churches of all sizes across the U.S. Here’s what they thought.
Mystery Shoppers Rate Church Size
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Small churches are friendlier, while large churches have better publicity and higher sermon quality, according to the results of a church marketing project that uses unchurched mystery guests to rate church programs and atmospheres.

Local community members who don't ...

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Pew: How Many Americans Would Be Happy If Their Child Married a 'Born-Again' Christian

New survey finds even liberals largely favor Christians over other types of marriage partners.
Pew: How Many Americans Would Be Happy If Their Child Married a 'Born-Again' Christian
John Hope/Flickr

Most Americans would rather have their children marry "born-again Christians" than atheists or other types of marriage partners, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center.

Across ideological lines, 1 out of 3 Americans (32 percent) say they would be ...

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Five Reasons Why Most Southern Baptist Churches Baptize Almost No Millennials

(UPDATED) SBC task force 'owns the problem' and identifies five sources of 'stark patterns of decline' in evangelism.
Five Reasons Why Most Southern Baptist Churches Baptize Almost No Millennials
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Update (June 2): Timothy George, founder of Samford University's Beeson Divinity School, offers his reflections on why the baptism report is "remarkable for its candor and for the stark analysis it presents."

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The "heartbreaking slide" in ...

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What the Largest Study of Women Leaders at Evangelical Nonprofits Has Learned So Far

Interactive chart shows how underrepresentation differs by organization type and budget.
What the Largest Study of Women Leaders at Evangelical Nonprofits Has Learned So Far
Christianity Today

When it comes to women in leadership positions, evangelical nonprofits lag behind their secular counterparts, according to the first wave of results of a first-of-its-kind study by Wheaton College sociologist Amy Reynolds and Gordon College provost Janel Curry.

Women represent, ...

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Which Americans Exaggerate Church Attendance Most

Responses vary when interviewing evangelicals, Catholics, and the unaffiliated online vs. by phone.
Which Americans Exaggerate Church Attendance Most
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Whether evangelical or mainline, white or black, Catholic or unaffiliated, a new survey finds that many Americans have one thing in common: We exaggerate our church attendance.

But the degree depends on denomination.

White evangelicals are twice as likely to admit they ...

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Bible Society Takes 'More Accurate and Hopeful' Stance on Scripture Skeptics

(UPDATED) No more 'Bible antagonists,' among many findings in this year's ABS/Barna 'State of the Bible' report.
Bible Society Takes 'More Accurate and Hopeful' Stance on Scripture Skeptics
American Bible Society - Barna Group

Update (Apr. 10): After releasing their 2014 report, ABS and Barna decided to soften the language used to describe Americans who are least engaged with the Bible.

The groups have "renamed the category formerly known as 'Bible Antagonists' as 'Bible Skeptics,' ...

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