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Aug
03

Congratulations, DSM, Ames!

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Barna Research has released it’s latest report, focused on the top 50 most generous cities in America. I am not surprised to find Des Moines/Ames ranks number seven on the list. The report shares two interesting insights from their findings.

First, four of the top five cities have a larger “downscale” population than an “upscale” population. Downscale is defined as those with a gross income of less than $20,000 per year who do not hold a college degree. Upscale is define as those with a gross income in excess of $75,000 who hold a college degree. This affirms what data has claimed for some time: wealth does not have a direct impact on generosity.

The second observation is that the majority of donations among the top 50 communities are directed toward churches and religious institutions. This insight is interesting to me given the general feeling that churches are continuing to cleave along the lines of the haves and have nots.

If you would like to read the full report or see the top 50 list in its entirety, you can find it at www.barna.org.

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Oct
26

The Reading Habits of Americans

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Here’s the latest research from Barna Group on the reading habits of Americans. You can find the report by clicking HERE.

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Jun
26

The Faith of Women in America

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Barna Research Group has released a new study on the relationship between women and Church in America. To view the report, click HERE.

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According to the most recent Barna Group report, 1 in 4 unchurched persons in America is either an atheist or an agnostic. You can read the full report HERE.

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A new report from Barna Group lists the top 100 most “Bible Minded Cities.” My location, Des Moines/Ames, IA, ranks number 56. Where does your city rank? Find out HERE.

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Barna Research has released a new study on millennials’ satisfaction with their college experience, their career expectations and their challenges finding employment in a competitive job market. You can read these fascinating findings HERE.

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Barna Research has published a new study on the television viewing habits of Americans, including their favorite television programs. If the study piques your interest, find it HERE.

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Barna Research has published a new report on the importance of church attendance among Americans. You can read the report HERE.

According to Barna, approximately 50% of believing Americans do not feel that church attendance plays a significant role in their spiritual formation. In fact, church attendance didn’t even make the top ten list of practices believers find helpful in growing their faith. The top two reasons people attend church are to learn about God and feel closer to Him. But according to the report, ” Adults are aware of their very real spiritual needs, yet they are increasingly dissatisfied with the church’s attempt to meet those spiritual needs and are turning elsewhere.” The irony I find in this research is that the more the church strives for cultural relevance, the more distasteful it becomes in the eyes of culture.

So what do we do with this information? First, I believe we need to be unapologetically biblical in our approach to worship and discipleship. When I go to a restaurant I expect food. I’m never surprised or indignant that food is offered to me. Along the same line, I believe people come to church and expect to hear and understand what the Bible has to say. We should not be apologetic to offer the “Bread of Life” to all ages. Second, I think we need to do our best to live the Bible authentically. One of the reasons people in the study cite for their withdrawal from church is the hypocrisy of the members. The word hypocrite finds its etymology in Greek theater. It means, “one who wears a mask.” The Christian faith must be practiced with deep intentionality. When we fail to live within range of Christ’s expectations, we wear the mask of something we profess but don’t actually believe. And that hypocrisy is what makes churches irrelevant.

Next month we celebrate Holy Week and Easter. My hope for us is that we will not limit our celebration to one week a year, but will discover the joys of the power of the resurrection each and every day we live!

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Mar
05

Fast Facts About Fasting for Lent

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Barna Research has released a research report on those who will observe Lent by fasting in some regard. There are some interesting findings, such as on 16% of Protestants will observe Lent by some form of fasting. Another interesting insight is that younger generations are willing to give up their technology such as social media for Lent. You can read the research in full HERE.

In additional Lenten news, Christianity Today has also published an article revealing the top fasting choices of Twitter users HERE.

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Here’s the newest research report released by Barna Group on American’s trust levels related to institutions to look for in 2014. You can read the report HERE.

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