No Surprise Here: Confidence in Organized Religion at Low Point

Gallup recently released its results of the annual “confidence in institutions” poll. “The church or organized religion” hit an all-time low, with 44% of respondents saying that they have a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in “the church or organized religion.” That organized religion has hit an historic low doesn’t surprise me. [Read More...]

Tim Dalrymple: If You’re Selling Scorn for Conservative Christians, the Market is Hot

Tim Dalrymple

Tim Dalrymple is one of my favorite writers of matters of faith and culture. Why? Because he makes me think in news ways, again and again and again. I read his recent post on his Philosophical Fragments blog: “If You’re Selling Scorn for Conservative Christians, the Market is Hot.” The title suggested a common complaint [Read More...]

Mother’s Day and Churchgoing: Good News and Bad News


The good news: Mother’s Day is a big church attendance day, ranking in the top three (along with Christmas and Easter). The bad news: Father’s Day is a low attendance day, ranking at the bottom of the churchgoing chart. This news, both good and bad, comes from a recent survey conducted by LifeWay Research. Lifeway [Read More...]

The Church as a Thin Place: Dreams and Visions

Part 10 of series: Thin Places In yesterday’s post, I began reflecting in a more practical way on the church as a thin place. Today I want to continue these reflections, sharing a few of my dreams and visions for the church. The Church as a Place of Prayer for All Peoples In the Old [Read More...]