The Good News according to Pew

Paradoxical Thoughts


By the Rev. Ken Howard

Earlier this month the Pew Forum published its anxiously awaited research report, America’s Changing Religious Landscape, a survey of how religious affiliation and demographics have changed between 2007 and 2014. The biggest news in the report: the dramatic drop in the percentage of the U.S. population who claim Christianity as their religion of choice, and the corresponding rise in the number of “Nones” (as in “none of the above religions”).

Some of my friends say this is further proof that the Church is dying. Some of my friends argue just as vehemently that while some churches may be in their death throes, the Church will be just fine. Me? I agree with my friends… Of course the Church is dying. And of course the Church will ultimately be just fine. “Behold,” Jesus said, “the old is passing away… I am making all things new.”…

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