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Continuing a multiyear decline, only 36% of U.S. adults expressed “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in organized religion, Gallup found. It’s an all-time low in the poll’s history. […] Read More

We all face countless moments of fear during our lives. Some big, some small. We can be free of fear, like a horse and rider soaring as one over obstacles. Here are 4 steps to help you conquer your fear. […] Read More

If you’re a church leader, your first task is to establish trust. If trust exists, a church and their leaders can survive the stress of tough finances, deteriorating buildings and declining membership. […] Read More

A new poll out from Pew Research shows that only 17 percent of religiously affiliated Americans have “a great deal of confidence in religious leaders to act in the best interests of the public.” I wouldn’t have been surprised at all if only 17 percent of all Americans viewed religious leaders that way, but to […] Read More

The military and scientists top the list in a Pew Research Center survey about U.S. public trust, while religious leader trust lags behind. “One-third of the public (33 percent) has a great deal of confidence in the military and an additional 46 percent say they have a fair amount of confidence,” Pew found. By comparison, […] Read More

Sufficient trust between congregation and pastor greases the wheels for movement in the church. Insufficient trust coats those same wheels with rust, slowing progress toward missional engagement and life-giving activity. While much attention is given to enhancing the trust between congregation and pastor, a less considered component of congregation-to-pastor trust is the pastor’s trust level […] Read More

Few people think they are prone to greed. That was the result of an anecdotal I conducted recently as I was preparing a sermon on this topic. Folks admitted to anger, envy and gluttony, but no one confessed a problem with greed. A few attributed greed to others, but not to themselves. These isolated responses […] Read More

The issue of trust is one that has increasingly found its way onto our political agenda, yet sadly it is often for the wrong reasons. A January 2015 MORI poll indicated that only 16 percent of the British public trust politicians to tell them the truth, placing them behind even journalists and estate agents. Of […] Read More

Hillary Clinton’s use of private email accounts for official business while serving as the U.S. Secretary of State has dominated headlines in recent weeks. Her response to the controversy did not satisfy many Republicans and even some Democrats, so this is likely to remain as issue for some time, especially if she does announce as […] Read More

As a Navy veteran, I have been frustrated for the past few days over the recent apology Brian Williams issued for his statements that he was aboard a helicopter that was hit by rocket-propelled grenades during the invasion of Iraq. Eyewitnesses of the event in question claim that Williams’ account is false and that the […] Read More