Sociologists Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson take issue with the survey results from Barna Research Group regarding the characteristics of American religion — Evangelicals in particular. Barna has recently published several studies claiming to show the deterioration of the church in the U.S.; Stark and Johnson argue it isn’t that bad.
Anyone want to see Oh Brother, Where Art Though? Amy Butler writes about the spiritual power of Baptist hymns in the Associate Baptist Press.
Robin G. Jordan is out with another critique of the new Ordinal for the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), this time focusing on the doctrine in the book of ordered worship.
Over at the blog Conciliar Anglicanism, Fr. Jonathan answers the provocative question “Can there be a church without a bishop?” It’s a long and thoughtful piece, full of all the theology and ecclesiology you might expect.