Study Reveals the Top Child Health Concerns for Today’s Parents

Are you a parent of teens or young adults? What are some of your twenty-first century parental concerns or fears? Some findings from the ninth annual survey of the top child health concerns conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital were published this week. Parents rate childhood obesity, bullying and drug abuse as their top […]

Why We Must Believe in the Jesus of the Bible

This week, I read some interesting results from research recently conducted by the Barna Group. The article is entitled “What Do Americans Believe About Jesus? 5 Popular Beliefs.” It goes without saying that not everybody in Christianity agrees on everything about Jesus. That’s one of the reasons we have the many Christian denominations we currently […]

New Study Shows Strong Downward Trend in Christianity Worldwide

Christianity and Islam are the two major religions in the world today. According to a new extensive study by the Pew Research Center, about 2.2 billion Christians exist worldwide. And there are approximately 1.6 Muslims. It is projected that Islam will see substantial gains between 2010 and 2050. During that same period, Christianity will grow […]

Study: Americans See the Church as Beneficial but Dying

According to a recent survey from Lifeway Research, most Americans still find value in church attendance. On the other hand, more Americans believe the church is dying than striving. For instance, fifty-five percent believe attendance is declining and 42 percent say the church is dying. By contrast, 36 percent say the church is growing while 38 percent […]

Study Focuses on the Internet as a Ministry Tool

The Barna Group recently conducted a two-part nationwide study involving 610 Protestant church pastors across the country. The study focused on these pastors’ personal use of the Internet and their view toward it as a tool for ministry. Based on the results of the study, 87 percent of those pastors believe it is theologically acceptable to […]

Recent Study Reveals Who Reads the Bible and Why

An increasing number of Americans do not claim affiliation with any particular religion. Nearly all Christian denominations today are experiencing membership decline. But according to statistical data from a recent study conducted by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture, the Bible continues to occupy a relevant place in the lives of […]

Some Thoughts on In-Person Versus Video Sermons

A growing number of large Christian churches today are multisite churches, holding services in more than one location. The use of video sermons during worship service is not uncommon in these churches. But according to a recent survey performed by Lifeway Research, less than one percent of Americans prefer video sermons over in-person sermons. Another […]

Gallup Poll on Clergy Honesty and Ethics

In a Gallup poll conducted earlier this month, participants were asked, “Please tell me how you would rate the honesty and ethical standards of people in these different fields—very high, high, average, low, or very low?” According to the results, only 47 percent of Americans rate clergy high in honesty and ethics. Six other professions […]

Considerations for Keeping Young Adults in the Church

If the Christian church is to remain vibrant, it do better at keeping young adults in church than it currently does. Based on the current trend, that’s easier said than done. I recently read an article published by the Barna Group entitled, “5 Reasons Millennials Stay Connected to Church.” The article stated that within the […]

Pray for Your Pastor

One of the most effective things you can do as a member of your local church is to faithfully pray for your pastor. Based on surveys done years ago by Francis A. Schaeffer Institute of Church Leadership Development, Focus on the Family, and Fuller Seminary, and based on several recent articles I have read, as […]