Pew. Barna. Lifeway Research. These are just a few of the places we rely on for surveys related to life and faith in the United States. Once the findings of those respective surveys are made public many begin to attach meaning to the results.
For instance, for some years now we have been told young people are growing disinterested in religion. Yet, one of the most recent surveys conducted revealed a great deal of curiosity among young people when it concerns religion. The nuance in the findings is that these same young people tend to eschew simple answers to complex issues. In others words, “No pablum please.”
The problem comes in the “digest.” You know, the “cut to the chase” meaning of these surveys. We pastor types often feel as though we do not have time to sift and analyze. We look to “religion observers.” Martin E. Marty offers regular reflections on religion via “Sightings” and is one such religion observer. Al Mohler, President of The Southern Seminary, is another religion observer. Often referred to as a “culture-warrior,” Mohler regularly reflects on matters of life and faith on his website.