Americans Pray For

Results of a new LifeWay survey suggest that Americans tend to focus their prayers on themselves and close family and friends rather than the well being of the world or people or causes that are beyond their immediate influence.  More specifically, when given the opportunity to select as many things from a list as they wished, participants indicated they prayed most for family or friends - 82%, own problems and difficulties - 74%, good things that have recently occurred - 54%, and own Read More …

Sermon: Reuniting Old Friends

Sermon Text Ephesians 2:19-22 Sermon Excerpt The so-called religious right has sought to make their version of Christianity the only authorized American version.  While many within this group market a message that suggests a literal approach to the Bible is the only correct approach, the general public are not embracing that news.  In fact, only 3 in 10 people approach Scripture with a highly literal interpretative framework, and an understanding that it is the actual word of Read More …

Pastoral Regrets

Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, recently asked more than twenty pastors who had been in ministry for at least 25 years a single question: “What regrets do you have about the years you have served as a pastor?” The top seven answers follow: Lack of practical training for local church ministry Overly concerned about critics Failure to exercise faith Not enough time with family Failure to understand basic business and finance issues Failure to share Read More …

Socioeconomic Status & Facebook Friends

According to new research conducted by the University of Virginia and the London Business School, the size of one's social network is correlated to one's socioeconomic status.  Wealthier individuals are more likely than those who are less affluent to have large but shallow Facebook connections while those who earn low incomes are more likely to have small but deep groups of Facebook friends.  Low income workers who move often are an exception to this generalization as is illustrated at Read More …

Facebook Friends Friday

While I spend a great deal of my day online and tend to be an early adopter, I was so late to Facebook that it already boasted over 100 million members when I joined.  The network has expanded to include some 850 million accounts that were active during the month of December, 2011.  Interestingly, one's age appears to be an indicator of the likely size of one's Facebook friends network.  Lee Raine, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, provides the Read More …

Facebook Friending Trends

Earlier this week Mashable featured a post by Zoe Clark wrote an article about friending trends on Facebook based on recent research by NM Incite.  This research suggests that offline relationships drive online friending while offensive remarks and attempts to leverage Facebook relationships to sell goods or services are significant reasons for defriending.  The detailed infographic of why people friend and defriend others on Facebook appears at right. So What? The number one reason people Read More …