NAE’s Beginning

February 6, 2018 ...

They focused on evangelism and found the radio to be an effective medium for broadcasting their message. Lacking a central organizing body, the community centered around engaging personalities and independent institutions. The downside to this emerging popular movement was that many radio preachers, Christian college presidents and pulpiteers spoke and acted independently. At times they …

Not Just About U.S.

January 29, 2018 ...

The term was popularized by Martin Luther and his German evangelischel congregations. William Wilberforce, who pressed the British Commonwealth to outlaw slave trading, brought the term and its usage into the public forum at the turn of the 1800s as a social force for good. In time the word became synonymous with Protestants who pressed …

Evangelical ≠ Political

January 29, 2018 ...

When I ask why “evangelical” should be abandoned, the answer is almost always about politics. They tell me that our name has been co-opted by politicians and policies that are polarizing and painful. They say they are being identified with policies contrary to the Bible and blamed for practices they don’t approve. They contend that …

Theology Behind Euangelion

January 29, 2018 ...

The Jewish Path to Good News The first is a Jewish path. Isaiah, hundreds of years before Jesus, announced the good news of God’s reign for Israel in exile, with no immediate hope of restoration. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news who proclaim peace, who bring good …

Defining Evangelicals in Research

January 23, 2018 ...

Few identifiers are as ubiquitous but so poorly defined. The result has been that even premier polling groups are divided on who counts. To understand how we got here, I will give some background on research into evangelicalism and then offer a path forward. In the wake of Jimmy Carter, existing and new polling agencies …

Evangelical: What’s in a Name?

January 23, 2018 ...

For both of these contemporary opinions, there are some admittedly good reasons. Yet stepping back for a longer view historically and a wider view internationally opens up another possibility: Maybe the scholars are too fussy, and the pundits too shortsighted. More Than Right Wing In the media’s obsession with partisan politics, evangelicals are the white …

America’s 15%

October 23, 2017 ...

Rural is only 15 percent of America if you measure by population in rural counties — 46.2 million out of 308 million population. But, 46 million is 8 million more than the population of California and nearly twice the population of Texas and 26 million more population than either New York or Florida. In other …

The Rural Mindset

October 17, 2017 ...

Still, for most purposes, the intuitive concept of rural is sufficient, and the statistical nuances of a definition can be left to the statisticians. At the simplest level, two characteristics seem to be of primary relevance. First, a rural place is small, often with a population that can be counted in hundreds rather than thousands. …

The Rural Reality of Poverty

October 17, 2017 ...

Current poverty rates in rural America exceed the poverty rates in urban communities, and there are significantly less social services available to address these needs, according to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS). Persistent poverty counties have poverty rates of 20 percent or higher, and 88 percent of persistent poverty …

Small Town, Small Church, Small Salary

October 9, 2017 ...

Through the National Association of Evangelicals’ research of 4,249 evangelical senior pastors, we discovered: 82 percent of pastors identified their community as a rural area or small town/city. Nearly 80 percent of pastors serve in congregations with fewer than 200 people, and 55 percent have fewer than 100 people in their church. The median annual …