Barna Research for the Reflective

Been reading some of the latest research from The Barna Group this evening:

Unchurched Population Nears 100 Million in the U.S. – “Many of the insights drawn from the experiences of “Jim and Casper” parallel the findings of Barna Group studies among the unchurched. Some of the critical discoveries were the relative indifference of most churched Christians to unchurched people; the overt emphasis upon a personal rather than communal faith journey; the tendency of congregations to perform rituals and exercise talents rather than invite and experience the presence of God; the absence of a compelling call to action given to those who attend; and the failure to listen to dissident voices and spiritual guidance to dig deeper in one’s faith.”

How Different Generations View and Engage with Charismatic and Pentecostal Christianity – “In terms of beliefs and attitudes, there are marked differences between the generations. In general, the research shows that younger Christians are more open to charismatic gifts, but more skeptical about the nature of the Holy Spirit when compared to older Christians.”

Not unexpected, but gives me something to ponder. Highlights concerns I have with pragmatism gone wild. How few Christians have a deep understanding of prayer and Spirituality to inform their practice? The research suggests not nearly enough.

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