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Barna Reflects on 6 ‘Megathemes’ Killing the Church

HT Lenny Esposito

Not too long ago I created a website called The Death of Christianity.  Its intent was to distill into one place my thoughts regarding the crisis facing the church today.    These thoughts have developed after almost 20 years of Christian apologetics, but I bring to bear numerous studies to show that my perceptions have reflected a true reality.  This week, Barna published another article detailing 6 ‘megathemes’ they had detected through surveying in 2010.

I don’t think anyone who is paying attention will be surprised.  But who is paying attention?  And of those paying attention, what … continue reading...

Apologetics Radio Interview KFUO St. Louis

Below is the mp3 of the interview I gave yesterday with KFUO in St. Louis, a radio station owned by the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  The topic was apologetics, reaching out to people in our particular culture, the decline of the church, relativism, etc.  I’m in the first half.

I hear I did good.  🙂

One of the things that led to the interview was my website at http://www.lutheranapologetics.com which unfortunately I have not maintained as well as I would have liked.

Hint, it is not an apologetics for Lutheranism.  🙂

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Should Churches Adopt a No Child Left Behind Approach?

The statistics have been coming in fast and furious that Christianity is in rapid decline in America.  Barna continues to warn us.  Another recent report indicates that Christianity has dropped off 10% in 15 years.  Two years ago I made the controversial claim that the Church was creating atheists.  I am not so sure this is controversial anymore.

Obviously, the Church is still making an awful lot of Christians.  This can lead leaders and thinkers in the church to conclude that the problem is that Americans are just reacting the way the Bible said people would react to … continue reading...

Study: Religion in Decline. What do we do about it?

In my local newspaper the following article appeared documenting the rising number of unreligious people in the country and the growing defection from the ranks of the Christian denominations.

Here is a lengthy quote:

The percentage of people who do not claim a religious identity has nearly doubled since 1990, growing to 15% of Americans last year, researchers with the American Religious Identification Survey found.

Mainline Christian denominations, once bulwarks of the religious landscape, have suffered most from the drift.

Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians are among the denominations that have seen their ranks decline.

Although 86% of Americans identified as … continue reading...

Online Presentation on the Demise of Christianity

Below I have the ‘video’ of my online presentation on the ‘death of Christianity.’   I have been developing a line of thought and the corresponding presentation for about a year.  I adapted by presentation for the uniquness of this format.  My adaptations reflected the fact that it was a virtual presentation, that it was predominantly a ‘professional’ church work Christian audience, and that it was predominantly a Lutheran Christian audience.  Also, the outline of my presentation (unadapted) is about 45 mins, here I only had 30 mins to work with.

I am hosting the video on my ministry’s new Christian continue reading...

Transforming the Culture by Transforming People: Apologetics

I have been harping on this for some time, now, but a friend exposed me to Barna’s latest polling about the election which measured how Christians voted.

In brief:

  1. The Republican challenger generally won over a majority of people whose beliefs reflected a conservative Christian faith. For instance, he won 57% of those who strongly believed that the Bible is totally accurate in all the principles it teaches; 61% of adults who strongly affirmed a personal responsibility to share their religious faith with others; 63% of those who believe that Satan is a living, influential force; 64% who contend that
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