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Doomscrolling much? It’s probably bad for your soul

By Jana Riess — December 16, 2020

(RNS) — Pushing back the screen to create tangible things in the real world is more important now than ever.

No race problem here: Despite summer of protests, many practicing Christians remain ambivalent

By Adelle M. Banks — September 15, 2020

(RNS) — Despite evidence of an ‘especially reluctant group of white practicing Christians,’ there are signs that other practicing Christians seek to improve their understanding of racism.

State of the Bible: Left unread during the coronavirus pandemic

By Emily McFarlan Miller — July 22, 2020

(RNS) — ‘What we saw between January and June was that 13 million people in America, who were previously really engaging meaningfully with Scripture, no longer were, and that was a serious drop-off,’ said John Plake of the American Bible Society.

Higher attendance, lower giving: New survey shows how churches are responding to COVID-19

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 30, 2020

(RNS) — Giving is down, attendance is up and a good number of pastors still aren’t sure what they’re going to do about Easter.

What’s on pastors’ minds? It’s not religious liberty

By Emily McFarlan Miller — February 10, 2020

(RNS) — Barna Group is preparing to release its State of the Church data for the first time in a decade in what it calls the most in-depth and comprehensive study in its history.

5 tips for churches on how to hold onto millennials and GenZ

By Jana Riess — September 13, 2019

(RNS) — With more young adults emptying the pews, new research from the Barna Group shows what some churches are doing right for Millennials and GenZ.

For anxious young adults, religion can be a wellness tool, says new study

By Emily McFarlan Miller — September 10, 2019

(RNS) — A new study by the Christian research firm Barna Group suggests faith can be an asset when dealing with mental health concerns.

Reaching Generation Z: A how-not-to guide for churches

By Jana Riess — December 6, 2018

Pastors and parents everywhere want to know how to reach Generation Z, now in their teens and twenties. But this self-congratulatory guide by a megachurch pastor is not the way to go about it.

‘Double persecution’: The untold plight of Christian women worldwide

By Jonathan Merritt — January 10, 2018

Every day, six Christian women are reportedly raped, sexually harassed or forced to marry under threat of execution due to their faith.

Northeast cities rate most secular

By Adelle M. Banks — July 13, 2017

(RNS) — Barna President David Kinnaman called the research a ‘more holistic look at the level of secularization of a particular market or city.’

Pastors’ views on social issues? Americans not interested

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 26, 2017

(RNS) Only 8 percent of adults say they are interested in hearing pastoral teaching on social issues, according to Barna Group’s State of Pastors study, released Thursday (Jan. 26).

It’s Super Tuesday. Do you know what role religion will play?

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 1, 2016

(RNS) Two-thirds of Republicans in Super Tuesday states say religion is very important to them, compared with 53 percent of Democrats.

Pornography: A Christian crisis or exaggerated issue? (COMMENTARY)

By Jonathan Merritt — January 21, 2016

(RNS) Considering pornography is more prominent a problem — as many religious people believe — the statistics should be of concern. But how alarming are they? It may depend on the type of Christian you are.

Pornography: A Christian crisis or overblown issue?

By Jonathan Merritt — January 20, 2016

The Barna Group has released a sweeping study of pornography usage and attitudes in America. How concerned should we be?

Post-traumatic church syndrome? Yep, it’s a thing.

By jonathan merritt — August 24, 2015

In her hilarious and raw memoir, “Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome,” Reba Riley describes her struggle to heal from wounds inflicted by institutional Christianity. Here she talks about healing.

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