Thursday, January 30, 2020

data on cultural Christianity vs. apprenticeship with Jesus

It's not clear, but my educated guess continues to be that cultural, casual, cafeteria Christianity in America has faded substantially in recent years-- while apprenticeship with Jesus is about the same or even a bit stronger.

Along those lines, I saw a brief review of Stanton's book in World-- and he cites increases from 2007-2014 in those who a.) say their faith is important to them; b.) pray daily; c.) speak about faith with others; d.) who read the Bible on their own at least weekly; and e.) attend a small group.

If so, while the resulting cultural shifts are more obvious, the more important trends (from a Kingdom perspective) are subtle. If so, disciples of Jesus can be thankful that faux Christianity has taken a beating while striving to fulfill all of the discipleship pieces of the Great Commission and the command to church leaders in Ephesians 4:11-16.


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