Researchers should define Evangelicals by their beliefs, not by their political demographics, the church they attend or what they self-identify as, the National Association of Evangelicals, LifeWay Research and a group of sociologists, theologians and Evangelical leaders have determined.
After a two-year collaboration, NAE and the Christian research organization LifeWay Research have developed a standard definition for what it means to be an Evangelical.
Tired of numerous surveys and polls holding inconsistent definitions of what they consider to be Evangelicals, NAE announced Thursday that its board of directors adopted an "Evangelical beliefs research definition" at its Oct. 15 meeting in hopes it will lead to researchers using an accurate definition to define Evangelicals. more >>
For example, hundreds of you have shared with us your decision-making process when you leave a church.
Though there are many different reasons given, these pastors did share one reason much more frequently than any others: more >>
Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Texas is explaining the meaning and relevance of the Apostles' Creed to his congregation in an ongoing sermon series because "the lines of the creed aren't mere words" but they carry "the essence of what we confess and believe."
Beginning late August, Chandler has been taking his congregation through a 12-week series of sermons on the Apostles' Creed, elaborating on each section of the statement of faith, which finds its genesis in the apostles' teachings.
"The creed will help us develop better symmetry as Christians, give us a more robust understanding of the God of the Bible," the pastor said in the first sermon in the series. "The creed helps us with clarity. It makes it clear who God is. The creed informs our community, who we belong to and who we are with. Finally, the creed informs our counsel, both to ourselves and to others." more >>
New surveys conducted by LifeWay Research have found that the majority of Americans do not believe that divorce is a sin, while the majority of Protestant pastors also believe that divorce is morally acceptable, under certain circumstances, except in scenarios when the couple has fallen out of love.
LifeWay recently conducted two surveys where they asked 1,000 lay Americans and 1,000 Protestant pastors whether they think divorce is a sin under certain circumstances.
Respondents were asked to clarify if they thought divorce was a sin in cases where the couple has fallen out of love, a spouse cheated on the other, physical abuse was apparent in the relationship, one spouse was addicted to pornography and when one spouse has abandoned the other. more >>
Christian missiologist and LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer will be joining BreakPoint, co-hosting a program that will broadcast on more than 400 stations nationwide.
Stetzer posted a statement online Monday to announce that he will co-host the program "BreakPoint This Week" alongside John Stonestreet, who is now the president of the Colson Center, beginning the weekend of Sept. 12-13.
The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview annoounced that Stetzer and Stonestreet's weekend program will "address critical contemporary concerns" while expounding on the latest news of the week. more >>
Lysa TerKeurst, bestselling author and Proverbs 31 Ministries president, wants her First 5 app to get Christians into the habit of reaching for the Word before giving the world their full attention — and it seems many women are eager to do just that.
"When social media and email are the first things we look at in the morning, our hearts get set on busyness and wrapped up in the shouts of the world. I want to equip women to truly put God first — to truly give Him the first moments of their day — through this app," TerKeurst said in a statement shared with The Christian Post.
The First 5 app triggered more than 100,000 downloads within the first two days of it being made available and "hit (No. 2) in the Lifestyle app category in the Apple store," according to a representative for TerKeurst's nonprofit women-focused Proverbs 31 Ministries and Crowd Hub, the California tech firm that helped bring the free devotional app to life. CP was informed that First 5, available since July 20, had been downloaded more than 200,000 times as of Monday afternoon. more >>