LifeWay apologizes for 10 year old offense to Asian Americans

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Ten years ago LifeWay Christian Resources published a Vacation Bible School curriculum they believed would introduce kids to Jesus using an Asian culture theme. But “Far Out Rickshaw Rally – Racing Towards the Son” became a lesson in cross-cultural miscommunication. Critics of the material said it promoted racial stereotypes.

Tuesday (Nov. 6), LifeWay president and CEO Thom S. Rainer apologized for Rickshaw Rally at the Mosaix conference in Long Beach, Calif., a gathering of about 1,000 multiethnic church leaders.

Americans Turn to God, and Generosity after Natural Disasters

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — When natural disasters occur, most Americans take increased interest in God and donate to relief agencies – and they trust faith-based agencies more than their secular counterparts. A third also believe prayer can avert natural disasters. Those are among the findings of a LifeWay Research survey conducted days after an historic EF5 tornado […]

Many Churchgoers Not Open about Their Faith

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Click to view slideshow. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While many Christians know Scripture proclamations such as “For I am not ashamed of the gospel . . .” (Rom. 1:16), not all churchgoers are particularly transparent or open about their faith, research reveals. A LifeWay Research survey of Protestant churchgoers identifies “Unashamed” as one of eight attributes […]

Religious Convictions Not Among Most Desired Parental Traits

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Click to view slideshow. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Most Americans believe good mothers and fathers must be loving, supportive and protecting, but few see the necessity of parents having a commitment to Christianity or religion, according to a recent survey. LifeWay Research conducted a survey in March to gauge opinions of the expected roles of parents at […]

Research: Church Relationships Are Missing Something

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Click to view slideshow. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Almost three out of every four churchgoers say they have significant relationships with people at church, but less than half are intentionally helping other believers grow in their faith, according to a study by LifeWay Research. The survey of Protestant churchgoers identifies “Building Relationships” as one of eight attributes […]

Majority of Pastors Doubt Global Warming, but Recycle at Church

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Click to view slideshow. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While many churches are acting “green,” the majority of pastors disagree global warming is real and man made. The percentage of skeptics has dropped since 2010, but the percentage is still higher than in 2008, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The October 2012 survey of Protestant pastors’ […]

Research: Spiritual Maturity Tied to Strong Doctrinal Beliefs

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Click to view slideshow. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Professing Christians progressing toward spiritual maturity will have a firmer grasp on important doctrinal positions, according to findings from LifeWay Research. However, plenty of churchgoers still struggle with basic truths about God, the Bible and salvation. The LifeWay Research study on “Doctrinal Positions” shows that while 81 percent […]

Survey: One in Five Americans Undecided About Easter Church Attendance

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Attending church on Easter Sunday is not a cut-and-dry decision for everyone – even for self-identified Christians. While similar numbers of Americans plan on attending (41 percent) as are not planning to attend (39 percent) an Easter worship service, 20 percent say they are undecided. This large group without Easter worship plans was […]

Research: Same-Sex Marriage Is Civil Rights Issue, Americans Say

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Click to view slideshow. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As public policy continues to change on the issue, a LifeWay Research poll shows 58 percent of American adults agree it is a civil rights issue and 64 percent believe it is inevitable same-sex marriage will become legal throughout the United States. LifeWay Research conducted a wide-ranging survey of […]