Religious nones

Religious nones may not be who most people think they are

In recent surveys, the religious “nones”—as in, “none of the above”—appear to lead in the faith marketplace. In fact, “none” soon could be the dominant label American adults pick when asked to describe their religious identity.


Faith Digest: Driscoll apologizes for marketing campaign

Mark Driscoll, Seattle megachurch pastor, wrote a letter to his congregation to explain recent controversies, including the marketing campaign intended to place the book, Real Marriage, on The New York Times best-seller list. 

Noah movie sparks debate

Noah movie sparks debate over one of the world’s oldest stories

The Russell Crowe film Noah is stirring controversy and concern as it touches on a beloved Bible story near and dear to people of several faiths.


In WikiWorship, church members help edit the sermon

A North Carolina pastor is turning part of his sermon over to church members in a new worship model called WikiWorship.

Franklin Graham claims Putin better on gay issues than Obama

Franklin Graham says Putin better on gay issues than Obama

Evangelist Franklin Graham praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for his aggressive crackdown on homosexuality, saying his record on protecting children from gay “propaganda” is better than President Obama’s “shameful” embrace of gay rights.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: New EEOC guidelines to accommodate religion

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new detailed guidelines for employers as the number of complaints and million-dollar settlements for cases of religious workplace discrimination neared record levels in 2013.

Multisite churches survey

Survey finds growth & vitality in multisite church model

The vast majority of multisite churches are growing, according to a new study, and they are seeing more involvement from lay people and newcomers after they open an additional location.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Ultra-Orthodox protest military draft law

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews took to the streets in Jerusalem to protest a bill that would require many of them to serve in the Israeli military. 

Survey shows American changing attitudes toward gay issues

Survey shows changing attitudes toward gay issues

Americans’ attitudes toward the lives and choices of gays and lesbians have changed radically since Massachusetts first legalized same–sex marriage a decade ago.

Baptist shift on abortion drifts to contraception

Baptist shift on abortion drifts to contraception

Once essentially pro-choice, the Southern Baptist Convention today stands firmly with pro-life evangelicals and Catholics on sanctity-of-life issues, including opposition to mandated coverage of contraceptives in the Affordable Care Act.


Southern Baptist attitudes changing on birth control

Questions about the morality of birth control increasingly appear in columns and blogs by SBC ethicists and ministers.

Bill Gothard

Updated: Bill Gothard resigns following abuse allegations

Bill Gothard, an Illinois-based advocate for home schooling and male authority in the home, resigned after allegations of sexually harassing women who worked at his ministry and failing to report child abuse cases.

Faith Digest

Faith Digest: Pope overhauls Vatican finances

Pope Francis launched a sweeping reform of the Vatican’s scandal-plagued financial system by naming one of his closest advisers on reform, Australian Cardinal George Pell, to head a powerful new department that will oversee the entire management of the Holy See.

Steven Furtick’s ‘spontaneous baptisms’ not so spontaneous

Megachurch’s baptisms not so 'spontaneous'

A Southern Baptist megachurch pastor in North Carolina, already under fire for buying a $1.6 million house, finds himself in the spotlight again for “spontaneous baptisms” that turn out to be not nearly so spontaneous.

Pastors believe religious liberty on decline in U.S.

Pastors believe religious liberty on decline in U.S.

Seventy percent of Protestant American pastors say religious liberty is on the decline in the United States, according to a survey from LifeWay Research.

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