Americans Like but Don’t Read the Bible

Last week LifeWay Research released the results of their latest poll of Americans' thoughts about and readership of the Bible.  It turns out that overall Americans continue to hold this sacred text in high regard even as readership rates and biblical literacy decline. Previous research by the American Bible Society found that at least one Bible is present in 87% of American homes.  Also, more than 75% of American homes have an Internet connection they could use to access the Bible online. Read More …

Bible Ownership & Readership

According to "The State of the Bible 2013," a poll conducted by The Barna Group for American Bible Society, there is a significant gap between Bible ownership and readership.  More specifically, almost 9 out of 10 Americans (88%) surveyed own at least 1 Bible & the average household contained 4.4 Bibles, and only 1 in 5 Americans read the Bible on a regular basis. So What? While this gap isn't surprising, a related statistic is: 3 in 5 (61%) wish they read the Bible more. What Read More …

Why Do You?

Elizabeth Hagan, pastor of Washington Plaza Baptist Church (Reston, VA), recently asked two questions every follower of Jesus should seek to answer: Why do you pray? Why do you read the Bible?   So What? People often presume Christians do certain things.  While those lists vary, praying and reading the Bible are typically included.  For those committed to following the way of Jesus, it is essential not simply to engage in these activities but to understand why one is doing Read More …

Shifts in American Religious Behavior

The Barna Group recently published a list of changes in American religious behavior over the last twenty years based on data collected via their annual OmniPollSM survey conducted each January. Bible reading undertaken during the course of a typical week, other than passages read while attending church events, has declined by five percentage points (to 40%); Church volunteerism has dropped by eight percentage points (to 19% who do so during a typical week); Adult Sunday school Read More …