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Megachurch boom rolls on

Megachurch boom rolls on but concerns rise

More Americans participate in megachurch worship than ever. But individual attendance is down to once or twice a month—or less.

       
Advent filled with stress

Advent story filled with stress, minister says

Christians shouldn’t set their expectations too high during Advent, because the season itself has a touch of stress built into it, some ministers insist.

       
Guardians of Christmas reap publicity—and donations

Guardians of Christmas reap publicity—and donations

Campaigns to “Keep Christ in Christmas” generate publicity and bring in donations but often make no dent in buying behavior by the public, according to consumer studies.

       

Faith and family on the Thanksgiving menu for most Americans

Americans tell researchers Thankgiving is about faith and family—more than food, football and shopping.

       

Should prayer be banned in sports as performance enhancing?

Some experts wonder if prayer—and even faith overall—could come under scrutiny in the debate over performance-enhancing drugs, technology and techniques in modern sports.

       
Churches promote ministries that unite generations

Churches promote ministries that unite generations

Some youth ministry experts say the damage to a congregation can be palpable when youth spend most—or all—of their church time segregated from the rest of the congregation.

       
More Americans reject religion, but believers firm in faith, Pew study shows

More Americans reject religion, but believers firm in faith, Pew study shows

Americans as a whole are growing less religious, but those who say they belong to a religion are, on average, just as committed to their faiths as they were in the past—and in certain respects, even more so.

       
Threat of divorce hard to spot among churchgoing couples, survey shows

Threat of divorce hard to spot among churchgoing couples, survey shows

Before a divorce, churchgoers in troubled marriages look a lot like their happily married counterparts at church—participating, serving and leading at similar rates. After a divorce, the differences can be stark.

       
One-third of Americans avoid Halloween or its pagan elements

One-third of Americans avoid Halloween or its pagan elements

When it comes to Halloween, most Americans don’t have a problem celebrating the spooky holiday. Even so, one-third avoid Halloween or its pagan elements.

       
Protestant pastors polarized on Islam

Protestant pastors polarized on Islam

Protestant pastors increasingly are polarized about Islam, with a growing share labeling the Muslim faith violent while a sharply rising minority calls it spiritually good.

       
Do science and religion conflict? It’s all in how you ‘see’ it

Do science and religion conflict? It’s all in how you ‘see’ it

Most Americans see a conflict between the findings of science and the teachings of religion. But “see” is the operative word in a new Pew Research Center report issued Oct. 22.  From RNS

       
Evangelical group softens death penalty stance

Evangelical group softens death penalty stance

The National Association of Evangelicals, the largest coalition of U.S. evangelicals, stepped away from the pro-death penalty stance it embraced the past 40 years.

       
Nonreligious Americans see evidence of creator

Nonreligious Americans see evidence of creator

Life didn’t just happen, most Americans say—and a surprising number of nonreligious people agree.

       
Protestant pastors support animal welfare but rarely preach about it

Protestant pastors support animal welfare but rarely preach about it

Protestant pastors overwhelmingly agree humanity has a God-given duty to care for animals. They just don’t mention it much from the pulpit.

       
Many young adults shun cellphone use in church—even to read Scripture

Many young adults shun cellphone use in church—even to read Scripture

Young adults—known for using cellphones in just about every public setting imaginable—frown on the practice during worship services, a recent survey revealed.

       
 
 
 
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