What It Looks Like When We Fight Like Christians

What It Looks Like When We Fight Like Christians

“Fighting Christians” used to be the mascot of one church-related college. This came to mind after reading an editorial recently that suggested we can expect more conflicts in churches as we emerge post-COVID-19. We should not be surprised if (and when) church members...
Opportunities from Church Decline

Opportunities from Church Decline

Gallup reported a significant decline in membership at American churches, synagogues, and mosques in 2020. In a little over two decades, membership in faith communities dropped from 70% in 1999 to 47% in 2020. There are numerous reasons for this decline, from the rise...
Too Few People, or Too Little Jesus?

Too Few People, or Too Little Jesus?

I’ve seen more blaming than hand wringing over the Gallup organization’s recent poll showing that less than half of Americans claim membership in any church, mosque or synagogue. Gallup first started tracking church membership in 1937, when 73% of American adults...
She Wanted to Join Our Church but Nearly Ruined Dinner

She Wanted to Join Our Church but Nearly Ruined Dinner

I remember the day my wife, Nancy, came home, late afternoon, walked straight to the kitchen where I was cooking dinner, and said, “Well, I thought I’d heard it all, but I got a new one today!” “What’s that?” I said in a solicitous voice – as solicitous as one can be...