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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
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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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The Most Popular and Fastest Growing Bible Translation Isn't What You Think It Is

NIV vs. KJV: Surveys and searches suggest the translation that most Americans are reading is actually not the bookstore bestseller.
The Most Popular and Fastest Growing Bible Translation Isn't What You Think It Is
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When Americans reach for their Bibles, more than half of them pick up a King James Version (KJV), according to a new study advised by respected historian Mark Noll.

The 55 percent who read the KJV easily outnumber the 19 percent who read the New International Version (NIV). ...

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What To Give Up for Lent 2014? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Choices

(UPDATED) Barna breaks down which Americans are celebrating this year, while Stephen Smith tracks what 100,000+ Twitter users are pledging in real-time.
What To Give Up for Lent 2014? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Choices

[Updated with Ash Wednesday results and new Barna Group survey]

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. If you haven't yet decided what to forego, consider what 116,000 tweets (and counting) suggest others are giving up in 2014.

So far, food ...

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How the World's Top 10 Countries Search the Bible Differently

Are pastors preaching Paul too much and Old Testament too little? Leading Bible website analyzes top verses searched by millions worldwide.
How the World's Top 10 Countries Search the Bible Differently
Bible Gateway - GMI

Which Bible verses are searched for most often in the world's 10 most populous countries? Psalm 23, Genesis 1, and 1 Corinthians 13, according to the world's leading Bible website.

Yet China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, ...

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Sign of the Ice Dancing Cross: Good News for Missionaries at Sochi Olympics

Russians returning in droves to Christianity (though not to church), according to new Pew research.
Sign of the Ice Dancing Cross: Good News for Missionaries at Sochi Olympics
Kremlin

Russian ice dancer Elena Ilinykh publicly crossed herself after her performance of "Swan Lake" with partner Nikita Katsalapov won the bronze medal. Two days earlier, Russian athlete Elena Nikitina publicly crossed herself before winning the bronze medal in the skeleton ...

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Let This Be Your Last Single Valentine's: Move to Colorado Springs, Facebook Says

Social network identifies America's top five cities for forming relationships.
Let This Be Your Last Single Valentine's: Move to Colorado Springs, Facebook Says
Courtesy of Facebook

Which U.S. city offers singles the best chance at forming a relationship? According to Facebook: Colorado Springs.

While the social network's latest research may not prove useful until next Valentines Day, this week Facebook examined what its vast pool of user data ...

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U.S. Abortions Fall to Lowest Rate Since Roe v. Wade

Do latest numbers signal success for pro-life movement and surge of state restrictions?
U.S. Abortions Fall to Lowest Rate Since Roe v. Wade
Courtesy of Guttmacher Institute

Add one more striking statistic to the debate over the pro-life movement's impact on America after four decades of advocacy.

With abortion clinics closing at record rates as abortions hit near-record lows and state restrictions hit near-record highs, a respected report ...

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More Bible Stats: Top 100 Searching Cities Look Very Different from Top 100 Believing Cities

D.C. and Honolulu surge most when Bible Gateway compares its data to American Bible Society's list of the most 'Bible-minded' cities in America.
More Bible Stats: Top 100 Searching Cities Look Very Different from Top 100 Believing Cities
Courtesy of Bible Gateway

Building upon recent research on how 100 American cities "rank and tank" at embracing the Bible, Bible Gateway has crunched last year's search data and produced its own list of the 100 most "Bible-minded" cities in the United States.

However, this ...

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How 100 Cities 'Rank and Tank' at Embracing the Bible (Colorado Springs? No. 56)

(UPDATED) Christian college towns do well, as Barna and American Bible Society identify 'Bible-minded' cities for second time.
How 100 Cities 'Rank and Tank' at Embracing the Bible (Colorado Springs? No. 56)
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Update: One theory as to why certain cities "embrace the Bible" more than others: 19 of the top 20 most "Bible-minded" cities host sizable Christian colleges. (List added below.)

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For the second time, the American Bible Society (ABS) has partnered ...

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