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

Asking for It

And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” 1 Kings 3:7-9

Solomon was told to ask for anything and the one thing he asked for was wisdom. He was humble enough to realize the task of leadership was too great for him to bear alone and asked God for the wisdom and understanding in order to rule God’s people Israel. Think about the last prayer you prayed to God; what did you ask for? Continue reading

The Rain Falls on the Just and the Unjust

rainIt is a rainy morning in NW Georgia, just like it is in much of the South and just like it has been for many days. As a matter of fact it has rained every single day for the past week. That’s good for the water table and our farmers this summer but rain has never been my personal favorite. Continue reading

Remembering Internet Monk

Screenshot 2015-04-08 at 7.40.37 PMThe Internet Monk website is alive and well thanks to the efforts of Mike Mercer and some other talented individuals. This week marks 5 years since the passing of the original Internet Monk Michael Spencer. Whether your in the fan club camp or have no idea who I’m talking about, check out this collection of Michael Spencer quotes from the iMonk archives. If you still want some more, check out Internet Monk every Sunday for a series of “Sundays with Michael Spencer.” Continue reading