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3 key takeaways from the latest report on global religious restrictions and hostilities

Government and social interference with religious practice decreased in 2014, but people of faith faced more threats from terrorist groups, according to Pew Research Center's latest report on global religious restrictions and hostilities.

July 27, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


2016 Republican Party Platform offers praise for Israel — and see the one thing that's missing from

After much speculation surrounding proposed pro-Israel language in draft copies of the 2016 Republican Party Platform, the final version of the document, indeed, expresses "unequivocal support" for the Jewish state and removes past calls for a two-state solution.

July 27, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Is this 'God's Not Dead 2' billboard that was reportedly rejected really 'too incendiary' and 'too p

The Christian movie house that produced "God's Not Dead 2" is claiming that a billboard advertising the film's DVD release was recently rejected, with the advertising company purportedly calling it “too political” and “way too incendiary."

July 27, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The long — and surprising — history behind the IRS ban on churches endorsing political candidates

Among the many policy positions embedded in the 2016 Republican Party Platform is a call to repeal the Johnson Amendment, a controversial Internal Revenue Service regulation that has come under fire from churches and religious freedom advocates in recent years.

July 27, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


5 diverse appeals to God that were just made during the Republican National Convention

As critics continue to warn that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump might face roadblocks when it comes to courting minority faiths, there's something quite interesting unfolding at the Republican National Convention last week.

July 26, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Ex-police detective reveals the key fact many are missing amid ongoing terror attacks and violence

From the Orlando, Florida, terror attack to the deadly assault on police officers in Dallas, the nation continues to be rocked by an ongoing series of deadly violence.

July 26, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Does Hollywood demean — or misrepresent — Christianity?

Does Hollywood demean — or misrepresent — Christianity?

July 26, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Did the Republican Party just adopt the 'most pro-life platform ever'?

The Republican Party officially adopted the "most pro-life platform ever" last week, according to at least two conservative organizations that commented on the newly released document detailing the GOP's 2016 guiding principles.

July 26, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Power to change starts from within

The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation."

July 25, 2016 | By Pastor Debra 'Dee' Dyer Columnist | Faith


Here's how the Vatican's mobile medical unit is helping the poor in Rome

The Vatican continues its efforts to help the poor and downtrodden through the donation of a mobile medical unit that is now traveling around Rome to offer free health care to people in need.

July 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Site that some biblical scholars say is the Garden of Eden just became a world heritage site

An oasis in the middle of the Iraqi desert that some biblical scholars believe is the site of — or at least the inspiration for — the Garden of Eden as described in Genesis has officially been classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site.

July 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Trump sparks activists' quest to register 1 million Muslims to vote. Here are the details

Muslim Americans make up around 1 percent of the U.S. population, accounting for about 3.3 million people. But despite constituting such a small sliver of the populace, Muslim advocates are looking to increase their electoral influence.

July 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


See how this forgotten Holocaust history is being given new life

Some Jewish historians' personal stories of Holocaust plights and survival had reportedly fell into obscurity due to a language barrier, but they are now seeing new light after one man embarked on a journey to preserve and highlight the texts.

July 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


End-times author of 'Left Behind' breaks down prophesy — and fiction

A popular author who helped invigorate pop culture interest in Christian eschatology with the release of the first book in the "Left Behind" series 21 years ago is surprised by the novel's monumental impact.

July 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Learn to be thankful in everything

I am sitting in my office writing this after having witnessed several hours of steady rain. I originally had plans outside that were disrupted by these showers.

July 23, 2016 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


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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


'Ben-Hur' actor reveals on-set 'miracle' — and one big movie myth gets debunked

"Ben-Hur" actor Toby Kebbell recently revealed an on-set incident involving a stuntman who escaped potentially serious injuries, saying it was a "miracle."

August 27, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


What makes a Christian?

Several years ago I moved to this area. I ended up in a community called The Bluff at Belle Island.

August 27, 2016 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Everyone has gifts that build the church when used

This column is not intended for true confessions, but I have one to make to you. I am artistically challenged. I can't draw. I ...

August 26, 2016 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Faith


Accept God's invitation

Invitations to events are given most every day. Graduations, weddings, parties etc.

August 25, 2016 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


What inspires a burqini ban?

Five French beach towns have recently banned the burqini, a modest swimwear option associated with Muslim women. Officials have cited fears about public safety to ...

August 25, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


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