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Most White Evangelicals Don’t Believe Muslims Belong in America
Pew updates its comprehensive survey of what US Muslims believe and do, and how their neighbors feel about them. As much of American society undergoes a secular shift, most Muslims and Christians continue to attend worship, adhere to tenets of their traditions, and proudly identify with their...
Politics, Elections, and Christians: Reconciling the Church after the Great Divide of 2016
Have you allowed election speech to replace the speech of the 'elect'? The 2016 American presidential election divided the nation and many churches in a way that is unprecedented. It may seem like a long time ago, but the effects linger, often continuing to cause deeper wounds than we know. The...
Trump Picks Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador
President makes his nomination much faster than President Obama. Today the White House announced that Sam Brownback will be President Donald Trump’s nominee for America’s next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. “Religious freedom is the first freedom. The...
The Value of Church Planter Assessment and Boot Camps
We identified seven challenges faced by most church planters. Planting a church is hard enough. It is more difficult when the planter doesn’t have solid support and resources. And we’re not talking about money here. Church planter development is a crucial element to giving new...
Dealing with Rejection: How to Move Past the “No, Thanks” to Continue Sharing the Gospel
God tends to our hurting hearts. I was recently on a long car ride with my husband and two kids from Illinois to the northern woods of Minnesota. Anyone who has traveled that kind of distance with younger children before knows it can be rather challenging to find fun ways to break up the ride,...
Interview: After 50 Years in a Wheelchair, I Still Walk With Jesus
On the anniversary of her accident, Joni Eareckson Tada reflects on God’s faithfulness. On July 30, 1967, a teenage girl went with her sister to a beach on the Chesapeake Bay and suffered a diving accident that rendered her quadriplegic. Today, Joni Eareckson Tada leads an international...
Died: Peter Berger, Prominent Sociologist of Religion
(UPDATED) His work 'made all the theologians just want to be sociologists when they grew up.' Peter Berger, an “incurable Lutheran” who became one of America’s most respected sociologists of religion, has died. Boston University (BU) announced the passing this week of the...
What the Single in Your Pew Needs from You
Singles are on the rise. Here’s what forward-looking churches need to know. According to recent Pew data, the number of married Americans is at its lowest point since at least 1920. In 2015, only half of Americans ages 18 and over were married, compared with 72 percent in 1960. Put another...
Buffet Discipleship: Picking and Choosing in Unbiblical Proportions
The root of being a disciple is discipline. The allure of a well-stocked buffet is that you can load up on the foods you love and avoid those you dislike. For most of us, this means plates over-laden with entrees and desserts and void of foods we find unpleasant. We don’t include foods we...
Why Christian Scholars Loved Peter Berger
His sympathetic treatment of faith made him a rock star among Christ-following academics. In 1966, a Viennese-born sociologist, not quite 40 years old, produced a scholarly work that changed the world. Or more precisely, it changed the way we see and shape the world. The Social Construction of...