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The Amazon Effect: Worshippers flocking to larger churches

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Is the mom-and-pop church becoming obsolete? Just as one-stop shopping behemoths such as Walmart and Amazon are fulfilling the retail needs of America’s consumers, larger churches are increasingly meeting the spiritual needs of America’s faithful.

Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Volunteer Shortage Affects Church Food Programs

Joe and Judy Nesbit spent Tuesday afternoon taking stock of hundreds of food items filling the shelves of the Seventh-day Adventist Community Center in Longview, Washington.

The couple are preparing for the center’s last food distribution day Dec. 31 before closing the program because they can’t find anyone to replace their volunteer effort. It is a problem nonprofits here and across the nation are facing: They are finding it hard to replace the corps of aging volunteers who make their work possible.

Answering A Call For Help

Answering A Call For Help

Anyone who belongs to a large, extended family network that includes people living in poverty knows about that phone call. A member of the family needs help; whatever else is happening, it’s not acceptable to ignore the cry. It is the responsibility of every member of the family “not to hide yourself from your own kin.” We are taught from birth that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. {Read more from Fuller Studio].

Insights for Pastoral and Worship Ministries

Insights for Pastoral and Worship Ministries

Dates & Time: 
Jul 08, 2019 to Jul 12, 2019

African American Religious Autobiography Insights for Pastoral and Worship Ministries.

Location: 
Calvin College  Grand Rapids, Michigan

Link Between Faith and Video Games

Link Between Faith and Video Games

"Major cultural shifts sometimes happen in unexpected ways that traditional social indicators fail to measure. This may be the case today for religion in the online environment, partly because social scientists of religion may have been blinded by the emphasis on faith (rather than hope or fantasy) in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic monotheistic tradition. " [Read more from ARDA].

The Unknown God, New Pew Research

The Unknown God, New Pew Research

"Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 23 For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.

Are Baby Boomers Returning to Religion?

Are Baby Boomers Returning to Religion?

"Are baby boomers, part of the first generation to lead the contemporary exodus from organized religion, returning to their religious roots? The ninth wave of a multigenerational study that began in 1971 finds a little more than one in five boomers became more religious in the transition from their 50s to their 60s. Older boomers cited several reasons, from seeking solace in life after the death of a spouse to finding other sources of meaning after the loss of a job to a desire to pass on religious beliefs to their grandchildren.

Percentage of Religious and Non-Religious People by US County

Percentage of Religious and Non-Religious People by US County

When the topic of religious participation arises, the opposite topic often comes up as well: What about people who aren’t religiously involved? Since the 2010 U.S. Religion Census includes data for 236 different groups, it is possible to compute how many people are claimed in individual counties*. In the map below, that computation was made by summing the adherents** from all the groups, then calculating the percentage in each county who were not claimed by any of those groups.

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On the Ethics of Health Crisis Management

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Children's Faith, Doubt and Silence

During a three-year longitudinal study launched by the Fuller Youth Institute, a parent with three post–high school...

Sermons For Those Struggling with Depression

On Sunday, before worshippers at Washington's National Cathedral, Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, delivered...

Lilly Endowment Launchs the Seventh Phase of its Giving Indiana Funds

"Last fall, Lilly Endowment launched the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative (GIFT VII),...

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