Getting together over the holidays can be almost notoriously fraught. Over the years, Barna’s research has covered some of the delicate or even difficult dynamics that might exist across generations or simply across the dinner table.
Barna conducted a major study to examine faith-sharing and evangelism in today’s climate. In addition, Barna sought out the insight of experts to shed light on the state of sacred dialogue today. In this article, four authors and ministers weigh in on some of the key obstacles and opportunities of modern spiritual conversations, from avoiding disagreement online to encouraging vulnerability in the home.
Americans head to the polls today for the 2018 midterm elections. In the midst of this unprecedented and contentious season, Barna has been tracking key issues and trends related to the United States’ political climate. In this article, we’ve compiled highlights from Barna’s recent studies that may help provide context—or prompt more questions—about our present political moment.
Barna has been examining the role of friendships over the years and, like other researchers, finds signs of a loneliness epidemic. Drawing from a number of recent studies of all adults, as well as Gen Z and pastors, we look at the state of friendship in the U.S.
In recent decades, there has been a widely acknowledged trend of a decline in global poverty—1.1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty since 1990. This excerpt from Barna’s new report, produced in partnership with Compassion International, also points to the power of optimism and empathy in facilitating justice for the poor.
Evangelist Billy Graham has died at the age of 99 at his home in North Carolina. Widely considered the most significant religious figure of the twentieth century, it’s estimated that Graham preached the gospel—in person—to over 200 million people (more than any preacher in history) in 185 countries and to millions more via television and other media. Over the years, Barna’s polls have included questions about the influence of Billy Graham. In memory of this singular figure in American and Christian life, we’re revisiting some of these statistics, which serve as a testament to the enormous impact of a well-lived life.