New Research: Americans pray for friends, family but rarely for celebrities or sports teams

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By Bob Smietana NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Americans pray for their friends, families, and sometimes their enemies. They ask for divine help in times of trouble but rarely praise God’s greatness. And they seldom add politicians, nonbelievers, or even their favorite sports team to their prayer lists, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. […]

Research: Moviegoers Want More Faith-Based Films, Hollywood Delivers

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Moviegoers want more faith-based films. According to a survey of 1,054 Americans from Nashville-based LifeWay Research, half of Americans (56 percent) say they wish there were more movies with Christian values. Bob Smietana, senior writer for LifeWay Christian Resources’ Facts and Trends magazine, wrote: Hollywood’s “year of the Bible movie” continues to drive sales at […]

Half of evangelicals believe prayer can heal mental illness

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A third of Americans – and nearly half of evangelical, fundamentalist, or born-again Christians – believe prayer and Bible study alone can overcome serious mental illness, according to a recent survey by Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

The survey also found most Americans (68 percent) would feel welcome in church if they were mentally ill.