How to Read the Pew Research Center’s Published Findings

Screenshot 2015-05-14 at 6.38.58 AMThe actual title of the article published by the Pew Research Center is America’s Changing Religious Landscape. You can read that article here, at their own website, rather than second or third hand if you wish. The story was reported by media outlets, such as CNN, with attention grabbing headlines like “Millennials Are Leaving the Church in Droves.”

Russell Moore takes a different perspective, suggesting that actual faith is not in decline but rather the false pretense of it. People without true faith have quit going to church to make a show. He suggests people are no longer attracted to “almost Christianity” but that real faith is alive and well. There are not more atheists than there used to be, there are more honest atheists. Please do read his article here. 

Ed Stetzer posted a similar story in USA Today, arguing that while Evangelicals make up a smaller percentage of the population than they did a few years ago their overall numbers have actually grown. While I think Moore’s article is better written, both make the point that raw data doesn’t tell the whole story. How we interpret that data is equally if not more important.

Happy Monday Survey

Screenshot 2015-05-12 at 2.44.35 PMThere are weeks that Happy Monday is the only post that gets published. I don’t like it, and not very often, but it does happen; this past week for example. I have made a commitment to get that published even if I don’t have time for anything else. I like doing Happy Monday and hope that my readers enjoy the mix of encouragement and silliness as well.

But I have to ask: Do you enjoy Happy Monday? Continue reading

unitybaptist.church

rss-buttonIf you are a regular visitor you may notice the Other Blog RSS feed is missing in the left-hand sidebar. It’s not missing so much as it’s been replaced with a feed from Unity Baptist Church. Between this blog and managing the church website there will be very little going on at My Other Blog. Most of the posts on the church site are sermons that I’ve put up, so instead of posting them here as blog posts (which I’ve been doing for years) I’m just plugging in an RSS feeder. Happy Monday, devotional posts and the occasional Christian news item will be posted to The Master’s Table. Sermons will be posted on the church’s website and linked to in the sidebar. Just FYI.

Ray Lewis Speaks to Baltimore

Screenshot 2015-05-01 at 8.36.10 PMRay Lewis spent his entire 17 year NFL career playing for the Baltimore Ravens. Even though he is retired, he remains highly respected in Baltimore. More than respected he’s practically an institution or perhaps royalty. It’s like Michael Jordan in Chicago or Hank Aaron in Atlanta (depending on which era you grew up in). Continue reading