Four Thoughts on Relevant, Biblical Preaching

A recent Gallup survey explored the major reasons Americans gave for attending church.

Now, mind you, this was a survey of churchgoers – not would-be churchgoers. It's why the "already convinced," if you will, attend.

But with that in mind, the results are important to consider. The two top responses, separated by a single percentage point, are:

1. Sermons relevant to life (75%)
2. Sermons teaching scripture (76%)

Headline? Three out of every four choosing to attend church do so because of the message. The survey found other factors are compelling as well, to be sure, but these two are paramount in people's minds (followed by what is offered for children and teenagers at 64%).

So what is involved in relevant, biblical teaching?

More than mere exposition. Click here to continue reading this post and to view the blog archive.

Daily Headline News

Pope Francis to visit Egypt after terror attack on Christians

Pope Francis begins a two-day trip to Muslim-majority Egypt on Friday to show solidarity with the country's Coptic Christians following the bombing of two churches that killed 44 people on Palm Sunday. (Wartschafter & Nader, USA Today)


Why Religion Is More Durable Than We Thought In Modern Society

The new consensus of sociologists and demographers is that modernization and secularization are indeed related, but in complex ways. (Gjelten, NPR)


Arkansas carries out fourth execution in eight days

The aggressive timetable in Arkansas drew international attention and criticism, pushing the state into the epicenter of American capital punishment as authorities attempted to carry out an unprecedented wave of executions. (Berman, The Washington Post)


A Miracle at the World’s Largest Church: People Are Showing Up

Our Lady of Peace in Ivory Coast can hold 18,000 people, but years of civil strife and its remote jungle location long kept worshippers and tourists away; 'it is indeed strange.' (Parkinson, The Wall Street Journal)


Philippians 1:1-11

Nothing takes more raw strength than to break a chain. But we know that not all chains are made of steel. "Unchained" is a look at gaining the raw spiritual strength to break the chains that bind us from becoming who we were meant to be. Based on the New Testament book of Philippians, written by the great spiritual athlete Paul while himself bound in actual chains, "Unchained" will explore how to overcome whatever circumstances we face in order to live unbound lives. As we travel through this pivotal material, verse-by-verse, you will learn life principles that will unleash the power of your spiritual life.

Click here to see this product and more.