Hello from the Observer's new/old Faith & Values reporter!
After more than a year of covering politicians -- especially the ones who came to town for the DNC -- I am back to covering preachers in and around Charlotte.
-- Tim Funk
The same Charlotte, by the way, that was recently named one of America's "10 Most Bible-Minded Cities" in America.
That's according to a new ranking by the New York-based American Bible Society, which surveyed residents' regular Bible reading and belief in the Good Book's accuracy.
Charlotte was No. 7 on the national Top 10 list, and well ahead of Asheville/Greenville/Spartanburg (No. 11), Winston-Salem (No. 19) and Raleigh-Durham (No. 22).
Big cities like Charlotte rarely make these kinds of lists. In fact, the folks at the American Bible Society say, only three of the Top 25 Bible-minded markets have populations of more than a million souls -- Charlotte; Nashville, Tenn; and Raleigh-Durham.
So what is THE most Bible-minded city? Knoxville, Tenn.
And the LEAST-Bible minded market, according to the survey conducted by the Barna Group: Providence, R.I./New Bedford, Mass.
-- Tim Funk