A growing number of Christians, especially among the younger generations, are in jeopardy of being swallowed up by today's cultural norms and secular thinking, only to become unaffiliated to any church or denomination, says the author of The Rise of the Nones: Understanding and Reaching the Religiously Unaffiliated.
"We are living in a decisively post-Christian culture and I think it's taking its toll on existing evangelicals and the church in a way that is creating more and more nominal Christians on the way to 'nones' who self-described themselves as evangelicals earlier," author and pastor James Emery White, of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, said in a recent interview with Ed Stetzer, host of The Exchange.
The "nones" are described as the fastest-growing "religious group" of our day – one in five Americans identify themselves as having no religious affiliation. During the interview, Stetzer quoted one survey that showed 3 in 10 college age students are "nones." more >>
Priscilla Shirer, a Bible teacher and bestselling author who hosts "The Chat" Web show, recently led a no-holds-barred discussion with five Christian men to get an inside perspective on what women need to know about the opposite sex when it comes to their ego, intimacy, and taking on certain roles in the relationship.
"The Chat with Priscilla" is broadcast monthly at http://thechatwithpriscilla.com and features Shirer hosting discussions with a variety of guests on issues related to relationships, faith and well-being. The show is tailored for a female audience.
In a recent two-part episode of "The Chat," Shirer hosted comedian Michael Jr., her brother and recording artist Anthony Evans, worship leader Carlos Whittaker, her husband Jerry Shirer and recording artist Michael Boggs in a discussion about "What Men Wished Women Knew." more >>
A recently released survey from LifeWay Research reveals that a majority of both lay Americans and pastors believe that religious liberty has waned in the United States.
In a September poll of 1,001 Americans, LifeWay found that 54 percent agreed that "religious liberty is on the decline in America." The number jumped 15 points when the same question was asked to Protestant senior Evangelical and Mainline pastors. Of the 1,007 surveyed from Sept. 4-19, 70 percent agreed.
Erik Stanley, the senior legal counsel with Alliance for Defending Freedom and director of the Church Project, told The Christian Post that the survey confirmed what the organization had already observed anecdotally. more >>
The True Love Waits movement, known for spreading the message of sexual purity among young adults, has launched a new resource featuring a video-driven Bible study designed to encourage teenagers to pursue God through abstinence.
The eight-session curriculum, "True Love Project," not only teaches the importance of purity but it also calls on the next generation of students to understand their sexuality in light of the Gospel.
"The ultimate goal in life should be more than simply being a virgin on your wedding day. It should be to belong to Jesus on Judgment Day," Clayton King, who wrote the program along with his wife, Sharie, told The Christian Post. more >>
Facing data that suggests that the overwhelming majority of unmarried Christian young adults do not practice celibacy, the Southern Baptist-based LifeWay Christian Resources has relaunched its youth abstinence program, True Love Waits (TLW).
"The True Love Project," a video-driven Bible study, was created by youth evangelist and pastor Clayton King and features appearances from pastors Steve Furtick, Derwin Gray and author Jefferson Bethke.
The program seeks to discuss issues like "pornography, lust and social media" in the larger context of faith and the Gospel, said Ben Trueblood, director of student ministry at LifeWay Christian Resources. more >>
Most Americans prefer to attend a church where a pastor appears in person to preach rather than watching an Internet livestream or video of the sermon, despite the large number of multisite congregations that make practical use of the technological approach, according to a recent study by LifeWay Research.
The report revealed that 65 percent of Americans said they would choose a live, in-person sermon rather than a video teaching. Less than one percent said they would prefer video. The additional 30 percent surveyed reported that they had no preference and the remaining 5 percent said they didn't know.
"I don't think anyone gets up on a Sunday morning saying, 'Boy, I'd really like to watch a video sermon,'" said Scott McConnell, vice president of LifeWay Research, in an article at BaptistStandard.com. "But the fact that many churches utilize video sermons means other factors such as relationships, preaching approach, music, relevance and location can be more important." more >>