Faithlife says there’s been an increase this spring in sermons published on its online platform that discuss injustice, eschatology, suffering, sickness and other topics related to the coronavirus pandemic as well as the recent protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Every week, at least 1,000 to 1,500 new sermons are published by pastors using the Logos Bible Software onto Faithlife.com, a website that provides tools and resources for worship and Bible study.
About 75% of those sermons include keyword tags created by the author that highlight the subject of the sermons, according to the company.
Faithlife compared the popularity of sermons that were posted to the platform from March 15 to May 31, 2020 to the popularity of those topics over the trailing year, beginning on March 19, 2019.
“We identified 30 sermon topics that increased in popularity during the spring of 2020, including Church, Sickness, Fear, Hope, Prayer, Power, Government, Eschatology and Injustice,” Faithlife data scientist Marshall Brown wrote in a report.
“Many events have transpired in the last few months, beginning with the global covid-19 pandemic and the shut-down of most in-person Church services, Easter Sunday (April 12, 2020), and most recently the nationwide protests following the death of George Floyd, which coincided with the weekend of Pentecost on May 31, 2020.”
With over 100,000 people dying in the United States after contracting coronavirus, sermons tagged with “suffering” doubled from 8% to 16% since last March.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith