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Secularism grows as more Americans turn churchless

Secularism grows as more Americans turn churchless

“Churchless” Americans now make up 38 percent of the population, according to a new book by David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group.

Most Americans who pray (83 percent) think at least some of their prayers are answered.

Americans pray for 'me and mine' when trouble comes, rarely praise God

Americans pray for their friends, families and sometimes their enemies. They ask for divine help in times of trouble but rarely praise God’s greatness, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

Jack Glasgow

Religiously unaffiliated less likely see seek funerals led by ministers

The “Nones” — Americans with no religious affiliation — are are increasingly turning from traditional funeral services to do-it-yourself and home funerals that often involve digital media.

Mental illness remains taboo topic for many pastors, LifeWay Research shows

Mental illness remains taboo topic for many pastors, study shows

Two-thirds of Protestant senior pastors—66 percent—seldom speak to their congregations about mental illness, a recent study of faith and mental illness by Nashville-based LifeWay Research revealed.

Downbeat forecast for church choirs

Downbeat forecast for church choirs

Choirs stand strong in black Protestant congregations, where 90 percent of regular worshippers say there’s a choir at the main service. The same is true for 76 percent of Catholic worshippers. But among white conservative evangelicals, only 40 percent of worshippers say they hear a choir at services, down from 63 percent 14 years ago.

Big churches, big bucks: Southern senior pastors take top salaries

Big churches, big bucks: Southern senior pastors take top salaries

Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds.

Hispanic Christians launch initiative to bolster minority student achievement

Hispanic Christians launch initiative to boost student achievement

With minority students making up a majority of public school enrollments, a national group of Hispanic evangelicals is calling for strong ties between churches and schools to encourage better academic results.

Churches need to rethink service options for aging boomers

Churches need to rethink service options for retiring baby boomers

Many churches rely on retirees as volunteers to keep some programs and activities vital and growing. But what happens when they no longer show up?

Faith Digest: Turbans no substitute for helmets, Ontario official insists

Faith Digest: Turbans no substitute for helmets, Ontario official insists

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne informed Sikhs in her province they are not exempted from motorcycle helmet laws.

God at Nuremberg: How an American pastor came to comfort Nazis

God at Nuremberg: How an American pastor came to comfort Nazis

A new book tells the story of Lutheran chaplain Henry Gerecke, who witnessed to and prayed with Nazi defendants throughout the Nuremberg Trials, and accompanied some of them to the gallows.

Faith Digest: Civil rights groups urge feds to purge anti-Muslim materials

Faith Digest: Civil rights groups urge feds to purge anti-Muslim materials

Civil rights and religious groups say efforts to rid federal agencies of anti-Muslim bias have faltered, and prejudice against Muslims persists, particularly in training anti-terrorism officers.

Feelings of persecution run deep, even when ill-founded

Feelings of persecution run deep, even when ill-founded

The steady cultural shift away from church and faith may spell persecution for traditional Christians, Matt Cook often hears from fellow Baptists. But while sometimes unsettling, such developments are a far cry from persecution, he says.

Faith Digest: Acts 29 Network removes Driscoll

Faith Digest: Acts 29 Network removes Driscoll

The Acts 29 Network board of directors removed Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll from the church-planting network of more than 500 churches he helped found after a pattern of “ungodly and disqualifying behavior.”

Faith Digest: Formerly imprisoned Sudanese Christian relocates to U.S.

Faith Digest: Formerly imprisoned Sudanese Christian relocates to U.S.

Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith and then spared after an international campaign, left Italy to fly to the United States, where she plans to build a new life.

Gay, celibate Christians 'easily misunderstood'

Gay, celibate Christians 'easily misunderstood'

Gay Christians who choose to remain celibate often find themselves misunderstood by both their fellow believers and the secular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

 
 
 
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