May 8, 2020

Religion waxes and wanes in a culture and throughout history.  It can fade away, but it can also suddenly come back again. That is a takeaway from the American Enterprise study of American religion. The low point in American church involvement was in the 1780s, but that was followed by the Second Great Awakening. Read more

May 7, 2020

According to the new American Enterprise study of American religion, the decline in church membership and attendance cannot be reversed by switching to contemporary music and worship styles. This is shown by a case study of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Read more

May 6, 2020

The American Enterprise Institute study of American religion finds reasons why societies become less religious. Among them is that when churches exercise political power–as in state churches and government-sanctioned religious discrimination–the public comes to resent religion, thus contributing to periods of secularization. Read more

May 5, 2020

The American Enterprise Institute has released an important study of American religion. It finds that though religion is in a state of decline today, the low point of church affiliation and attendance was in 1780. Read more

May 4, 2020

Highlighting two profiles of Weird Al Yankovic, known for his parodies of iconic pop songs and their videos, such as “Eat it!”  “Like a Surgeon,” “Another One Rides the Bus,” “Amish Paradise,” and “Smells Like Nirvana.” One of the profiles discusses Weird Al–a professing Christian–in terms of vocation. Read more

April 30, 2020

Big, densely-populated cities are being hit hardest by the coronavirus epidemic.  Big gatherings in general–as in sporting events and conventions–are also losing lose their luster for health reasons.  Might this also mean that the vogue of big churches–the era of the megachurch–is ending? Read more

April 29, 2020

We Lutherans consider every Christian to be a “saint,” though at the same time a “sinner.” But if Lutherans had a process for recognizing remarkable Christians as “saints,” I would nominate Norman Borlaug. The miracle performed by this scientist was to all but eliminate world hunger. And his piety manifested itself in his strong sense of vocation. Read more

April 28, 2020

In 1968-1969, we had another pandemic very much like this one.  The Hong Kong Flu killed 100,000 Americans. But nothing was shut down. Perhaps back then we should have taken more drastic measures. But why are we reacting so differently now? Read more

April 27, 2020

The coronavirus infects and threatens the lives of individuals.  It has also infected and threatens the life of our economy.  The symptoms of the economic infection include not only massive unemployment and the shutdown of entire industries, but also bizarre economic distortions. Read more

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