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Utah Highest, Vermont Lowest on Newest Church Attendance Poll
Originally Posted: 02/20/2015 - 9:56am | Type: Blog

More Utahns go to church every week — 51 percent — than any other state, according to a new Gallup poll. More Utahns go to church every week — 51 percent —  than any other state ...

It Was Like This When I Got Here
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

The decline of the church is not my generation's fault. It was in decline long before I was born; it was like this when I got here. But that doesn’t mean it is too far gone. The church does a lot of thing ...

Stop Taking Attendance
Originally Posted: 08/27/2014 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

After years in the ministry, I have come to the conclusion that the church needs to stop taking attendance — immediately. At a church I used to serve there was a well-intentioned ...

Poll: Americans Stretch the Truth on Attending Church
Originally Posted: 05/19/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

A new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that many Christians — and unbelievers, too — will exaggerate about attending worship in live phone interviews. “I ...

Mindless Metrics
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 9:02am | Type: Blog

Consider how many useless metrics we use to chart our nation’s course. Politicians fixate on the federal deficit, for example, because it’s an easy number to fling at opponents, even though it doesn’t truly me ...

From Sex to Satan, Some Churches Will Try Anything
Originally Posted: 01/19/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

Like a fallow field, sometimes it’s best to take what is left, turn it into the ground and allow it to be reborn into something entirely new. I wrote a piece last week about Pasto ...

The Bait and Switch of Contemporary Christianity
Originally Posted: 12/28/2011 - 7:37pm | Type: Blog

"Christianity" has essentially become a mechanism for allowing millions of people to replace being a decent human being with something else, an endorsed "spiritual" substitute. ...

Millennials to the Church: Wake Up or We're Outta Here
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Young people are thirsting for social justice, and simply not finding those principles in the pews. Most vexing of all is that this trend isn’t surprising. But it should be. ...