American Culture

“Place” has been redefined and reimagined. So, what are the implications for churches?

"Home has become our stadium and athletic arena. We have become accustomed to viewing sporting events rather than attending them.... home has become our fitness center, since we elected to buy a Peleton bike rather than keep our gym membership. And, of course, the home has become an office for millions.... We are in a post-place world." - Thom Rainer

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“At least 20 cities in the Southeast have grown more post-Christian, some of them dramatically”

"In Barna’s ranking of the most post-Christian cities in America, New England and the West Coast predictably dominate the top of the list. But keep scrolling, and you’ll begin to spot some Southern states. Texas, Florida, and North Carolina all have cities in the top 50." - Lifeway Research

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Beauty Can Teach Us the Art of Living Well

"[T]oday a belief even in the possibility that there are things we can identify as good falls prey to cynicism. Culture reflects this. Across the dizzying variety of digital entertainment media, one constant holds: we live in the era of the 'complex' protagonist, characters whose stories lean toward a kind of benevolent moral ambiguity at best. At worst, they advance the notion that only evil is interesting, while the good is either dull and boring or, worse, a mask for imposing our will on others." - Public Discourse

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What Do the People Love?

"Augustine’s statement, though, is a very powerful instrument for understanding a nation or a culture:  What do the people love? I would say that the object of love for Americans, historically, has been freedom....There is nothing wrong with loving these things, but, St. Augustine would say, unless the people also love God, their lesser loves can lead them astray." - Veith

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Gallup: Americans’ Trust of Pastors Hovers Near All-Time Low

"Americans are more likely to trust medical professionals, while few believe pastors are completely honest. Gallup’s annual ratings of the honesty and ethical standards of professions finds nurses continue to be the most trusted, followed by medical doctors, grade-school teachers and pharmacists." - F&T

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