Empty Pews Are an American Public Health Crisis

No one is doing more to advance the study of religion and health than Tyler VanderWeele, and I was pleased to see his article (along with Brendan Case). It’s important to note, however, that the case for attendance is so strong because it’s one of the only religion/spirituality variables historically included in high-quality studies. More and better data will help evaluate additional variables, including an area I focus on, attachment to God. Notably, believers who experience insecure or anxious attachments are unlikely to benefit from religious services.

I enjoyed the article and see the need for communal worship and gatherings. What you missed is more emphasis on hypocrisy, especially with sexual abuse in the church. Too much is covered up to keep the church looking good. Another aspect is the fear and condemnation of the other outside the church. Your article would be more effective by interviewing those who have left because of intolerant attitudes and forms of worship that do not glorify God. I have not left God or my Savior, just church.

Jesus Loves the Brown Pop-Eyed Atewa Slippery Frog

Thank you for sharing this story and this man’s wonderful work to preserve God’s creation. May we all do likewise.

Churchgoers May Remember Song Lyrics Over Sermon Quotes

As someone who is asked to speak in small churches, I am grateful to be allowed to choose the hymns for the service. I believe that this is an opportunity for the congregation to worship and to confess with their mouths truths about God grounded in Scripture.

The Church Needs Reformation, Not Deconstruction

God will bring much good and renewal to those who are reframing their understanding of the gospel. ...

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