Late yesterday I posted about the economy and church attendance. Many in the media are asking if this is really a trend. LifeWay Research will soon be adding more research to the conversation.
If there is a trend and churches do grow during hard times, the growth should come through evangelism. And, it appears to me that Christians today are less focused on evangelism today than they have been in times past-- with some considering evangelism to be too impolite or old school. They believe it is better to "show" and not "tell" (when it should be both).
So, this video from Penn (of Penn and Teller) is worth your time:
I don't respect people who don't proselytize. If you believe that there's a heaven and hell, and people could be going to hell, and you think, 'Well, it's not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward'... How much do you have to hate somebody not to proselytize?
I'm speechless. (HT: Dashhouse)