An Overview of American Church Membership

Earlier this week the National Council of Churches released its annual analysis of church membership: 2011 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches.  According to the Rev. Dr. Eileen Lindner, editor, the data in this year's report suggests that recent membership trends have continued: "That is, churches which have been increasing in membership in recent years continue to grow and likewise, those churches which have been declining in recent years continue to decline." The yearbook reports a Read More …

A Troubling Approach to Homosexuality

John McWilliams is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor who currently serves as a Campus Crusade for Christ missionary.  Before becoming a full-time missionary in 1998, he served as a local church pastor for twenty-one years.  In response to the denomination's current consideration of a constitutional change that would lift its ban on the ordination of homosexuals, he recently wrote “Homosexuality: Blessing or Sin? – The Part of the Discussion We Never Really Seem to Discuss.” Christians Read More …

The Presbyterian (PCUSA) Church is Deathly Ill

"Where Have All The Presbyterians Gone?" could be the title of a denominational funeral hymn for the 2.3 millionmember PCUSA, but is actually the title of a recent Wall Street Journal article by Russell Moore.  Moore (pictured at left) is a Southern Baptist minister who currently serves as the Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice-President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and as a preaching pastor at Highview Baptist Church. Jack Haberer, a Read More …