The Barna Group released a new survey looking at the changes among church attendance after the COVID-19 pandemic grew in the US. The result: Research…New Barna Survey Finds 1 in 3 Christians Stopped Attending Online or In-Person Church Services During Pandemic — CBN News feeds
Check out the stats from this https://www.barna.com/research/new-sunday-morning-part-2/site. It’s very disappointing and worrisome.
Things like this are why I’m doing the series on the lack of in-person church services and how we can view what’s happening through the lens of the Old Testament book of Lamentations.
But still, we need to add Jesus to that picture. As N. T. Wright wrote, in God and The Pandemic:
This provides a vital answer to the question which lies behind a lot of the speculation and argument about how to apply the Bible to great and disturbing events of our own time. The New Testament insists that we put Jesus at the centre of the picture and work outwards from there. The minute we find ourselves looking at the world around us and jumping to conclusions about God and what he might be doing, but without looking carefully at Jesus, we are in serious danger of forcing through an ‘interpretation’ which might look attractive—it might seem quite ‘spiritual’ and awe-inspiring—but which actually screens Jesus out of the picture. As the old saying has it, if he is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all.
Part 1 of the series is at did you miss in-person services.