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School district banned band from performing iconic hymn 'Amazing Grace' — until parents got involved

An Alabama school district reversed course and overturned a short-lived ban on a public high school band's performance of "Amazing Grace" — a move that came following an outcry from frustrated parents.

August 02, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


St. Philip's calls new pastor

The congregation of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Hinesville, has called the Rev. Denise Ronn, Ph.D., to serve as priest.

August 01, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Faith


Is Bernie Sanders an atheist?

Questions about Bernie Sanders' faith have emerged throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, but the leak of nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails instantly brought the issue back to the forefront.

August 01, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


How to climb out of the ranks of the underemployed

Jose Rodriguez was among the millions of Americans swept up in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. The machinery mechanic lost his job of 12 years when the company he worked for went out of business.

August 01, 2016 | Kevin Dobbs Deseret News | Faith


Democrats and Republicans double-down on abortion, but where do Americans stand?

With both major political parties taking firmer positions on abortion this election cycle, a new poll is offering insight into where Americans stand on the issue.

July 31, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The 'unusual' thing about the Democratic Party platform

The 2016 Democratic Party platform seeks to expand abortion rights, staunchly defends Israel and takes a firm stance against Republican candidate Donald Trump, mentioning his name 32 times throughout the 51-page document.

July 31, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The importance of prayer

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

July 30, 2016 | By Pastor Richard Hayes Columnist | Faith


Are you sharing your experience?

The other morning as I was reading some Scripture, I came across 1 John chapter 1.

July 30, 2016 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


What I learned on a trail near Machu Picchu

Several years ago, I was hired to lead a trip to Peru. The trip was organized by a group travel company and was expertly executed in every way, with the exception of the in-over-his-head host.

July 30, 2016 | Jason Wright Deseret News | Faith


Finish well, no matter what the race

Well, another birthday has come and gone. I remember talking to my mother on my 40th birthday. She asked me, "What does it feel like to be 40?"

July 29, 2016 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Faith


Wedding and party venue in Lithuania has a dark history many visitors know little about

It's a lush, 18-acre property adorned with flowers, bright green grass and a brick complex that hosts graduation parties and weddings, but there's a dark history that plagues the site: It was the scene of thousands of grisly murders.

July 29, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


What is right is eternal

The Old Testament holds many lessons for man today. The law of Christ is what man should be following today, but lessons can be learned from studying the Old Testament.

July 28, 2016 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Donald Trump's 'evangelical moment' during acceptance speech included this vow

It's no secret that Donald Trump's run for the White House has firmly divided some leaders in the evangelical community, with prominent Christian voices doubling down on their stances for — and against — the businessman.

July 28, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


What motivates evangelicals who support Hillary Clinton?

Nearly 8 in 10 white evangelical voters plan to cast ballots for Donald Trump, whether because of their political affiliation, their appreciation for his defense of Christianity or their dislike of Hillary Clinton.

July 28, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


A majority of Americans believe the next U.S. president should address this issue — and it endangers

The majority of Americans believe the next U.S. president should show a commitment to addressing Christian persecution across the globe, according to a poll commissioned by Open Doors USA.

July 28, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


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Little kid saved his allowance for seven months — and what he did with it is incredible

Many kids use their allowances to buy candy, toys or video games, but one little boy just saved up his money to do something incredible.

August 30, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Air Force officer reportedly kept an open Bible on his desk for years, and now he's under fire

An Air Force official is under fire for keeping an open Bible at his workstation, with at least one activist demanding he be punished as ...

August 30, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Why running is essential to some people's spiritual life

For many, running is sweaty and uncomfortable, and it's a type of exercise to be avoided at all costs. But some people view it ...

August 30, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Should marijuana be legal — or at least more accessible? Government's latest move sparks debate

Marijuana proponents have had momentum of late, believing the debate over legalization is at a "tipping point," but U.S. officials just dealt a major ...

August 30, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Meet the wealthy businessman who's helping Muslim women by paying off 'burkini' fines

With the so-called "burkini" sparking ever-growing controversy in Europe, French authorities have begun fining women for wearing the modest swimwear in public.

August 30, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Why the decline in productivity is hurting wages

Terry Bishnell says her job at a food-and-drug store near Detroit has not changed meaningfully in recent memory. Products are trucked in, stocked and ultimately ...

August 29, 2016 | Kevin Dobbs Deseret News | Faith


Are Olympic cities better or worse after the games?

The Olympics has brought increased transformation to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, which was made up of swamps and farmland less than 50 years ago.

August 29, 2016 | Ivy Ceballo Deseret News | Faith


How this California court is giving drug-addicted parents a second chance

An innovative program in Sacramento, California, is giving drug-addicted parents a second chance to get clean while keeping their families intact.

August 29, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Do teens still respect the Bible? New study reveals the answer

Do American teenagers still have reverence for the Bible? That's a central question that guided a recently released report about youths' biblical engagement.

August 29, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Hollywood actor isn't a fan of marriage, says it is 'unromantic' — what does the research say?

Actor Hugh Grant apparently doesn't have a high opinion of monogamy, recently telling radio host Howard Stern he doesn't believe it's practical.

August 29, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Famed Christian singer reveals how a shocking cancer diagnosis taught him a powerful lesson

When Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall was confronted last year with the life-changing reality that he had kidney cancer, he was absolutely taken aback.

August 29, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Hotel reportedly removes Bibles from rooms after atheist complaint

An atheist organization that has asked private hotels and publicly funded university-owned hotels to remove Bibles from their guest rooms has reportedly convinced the Thunderbird ...

August 29, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


What this guy is routinely doing next to homeless people in New York City is changing lives

A 29-year-old musician has been on a mission to help those in need, spending the last two years routinely performing next to homeless people in ...

August 27, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Target makes a big move following furor over the company's transgender bathroom policy

Target, a popular retail chain, has announced it will spend $20 million in the coming months to add single-stall bathrooms to hundreds of its stores ...

August 27, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Expert takes aim at myths and misperceptions surrounding the refugee crisis

Matthew Soerens has worked with refugees for more than a decade without observing much controversy surrounding the people he serves and helps resettle.

August 27, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


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