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Definitions of "evangelical" vary

The National Association of Evangelicals and Christian researcher George Barna offer two definitions of the term "evangelical."
       

Mayberry Bible study asks: ‘What Would Andy Do?’

Joey Fann, who has written The Way Back to Mayberry, a study guide for small groups in churches, wonders what the calm lawman of Mayberry would make of America’s current collective agitation.
       

Pew report: Christians lack knowledge about world religions

Atheists, agnostics, Mormons and Jews appear to have a better understanding of world religions than Christians, according to a recent nationwide Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life survey.
       

Who are Evangelicals?

When Billy Graham, Jim Wallis, Rick Warren,  Al Mohler and Brian McLaren can all be called “evangelical,” some observers wonder if the term has lost its meaning.
       

Stuff Christians Like: An interview with Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff is the author of the satirical blog Stuff Christians Like and a book by the same title published by Zondervan.
       

Faith Digest

The United States tied with Switzerland for fifth place in a worldwide giving index by the British-based Charities Aid Foundation that measures charitable behavior across the globe.
       

When does human life begin? In Missouri, it’s legally at conception

The question has perplexed philosophers, theologians and scientists for thousands of years: At what point does human life begin?
       

Mormons catch a glimpse of life in the big leagues

Mormons have been making headlines across the nation—from HBO’s Big Love to California’s Proposition 8, from American Idol wannabe David Archuleta to Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to conservative icon Glenn Beck.
       

Ethnically changing suburbs may require different strategies

Most ethnic minorities live in suburbs, according to a recent Brookings Institute report. Texas Baptists are responding by helping start suburban churches that reflect those areas’ ethnic diversity.
       

Rural churches measure growth differently, pastors say

Brand New Church in Arkansas and Fairy Baptist Church in Texas are examples of rural churches that follow different worship styles and appeal to different kinds of people.
       

Population shifts present challenges for rural churches

Rural churches in America face a host of challenges as they seek to continue ministry in their communities. Loss of members through population shift from rural areas to urban centers can drain rural churches.
       

Some rural churches see their calling as providing a laboratory for training ministers

Rural churches, particularly those within driving distance of a seminary or denominational college or university, often become training grounds for ministerial staff.
       

Ways to engage a changing suburb

Suburbs are changing ethnically and socioeconomically, creating ministry opportunities and challenges for churches across the country. Here are some tips from leaders about engaging changing neighborhoods effectively for Christ.
       

RFD--OK, or DOA?

America’s rural churches were built upon and grew from a strong sense of community. Although many rural congregations now are in decline, that community reliance may be the key to spiritual renewal and to thriving ministry.
       

Faith Digest: Happiness found in church

Protestant and Catholic women in the United States have grown unhappier since stores have stayed open on Sundays, according to a study by economists from Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Chicago’s DePaul UniveFaith Digestrsity.
       
 
 
 
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