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Here are 10 influential religion books of 2015

Religion was a force to be reckoned with in 2015, influencing global politics in addition to popular culture. It was an important talking point in the early months of campaigning for the 2016 presidential election, as well as a key factor in reactions to the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

December 26, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


It is Christmastime

Christmas is a lot of fun.

December 22, 2015 | By Pastor Douglas Harn Columnist | Faith


How to see the magic of Christmas like a child

Remember the magic you used to see in Christmas as a child? If you’re like most grown-ups, you see the magic less and less with each passing year. Santa is no longer the symbol of jovial love and warmth you used to see him as, and some years you find it hard to even see the wonder behind the birth of the baby Jesus.

December 22, 2015 | Alexandra Crafton FamilyShare | Faith


CS Lewis praised this religious belief during a secret government mission

Famous author and inspirational figure C.S. Lewis was, at one point in his life, a secret government agent.

December 22, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


The real reason you love listening to sad Christmas songs

It’s almost Christmas, and you may find yourself standing in line, trying to grab that last gift or two.

December 21, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


7 things you should never say to someone who’s lost a loved one

I’ll never forget the night I lost my dad. It was a couple weeks before Christmas—the tree was decorated, the lights were draped over kitchen cupboards, and a stocking hung by his bed.

December 21, 2015 | Kayla Lemmon FamilyShare | Faith


Virgin Mary called world's most powerful woman as popularity of name continues to fall

Mary, mother of Jesus, is the subject of many Christian worship services this holiday season, as congregations prepare to celebrate Christmas. She can also be found on most newsstands, after being named the world's most powerful woman by National Geographic.

December 21, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


When you can't forgive

There may be times when others inflict so much hurt on you or your family that you simply can't find it in your heart to forgive them. What if these people hurt you on purpose? Your soul fills with a sadness that turns to anger. You may nurse a grudge or even spend time plotting ways to get even. You see the act of forgiveness as somehow letting the other person off the hook.

December 20, 2015 | Susan Swann FamilyShare | Faith


7 tips for curating historical family documents

There is more to preserving your family’s history than tossing it into a cardboard box and handing it down to the next generation. Without context and “curation” — the careful gathering, sifting, selection and preservation that takes place in any worthwhile collection — your family’s history can be lost to confusion or apathy as easily as it can succumb to dust or mold.

December 20, 2015 | Tom and Alison Taylor Deseret News | Faith


What is really important for our faith?

This week, I saw a report on what Jesus really looked like. Forensic scientists have worked with archaeologists to try to get a better idea of what he really looked like, compared to the most famous portraits we have today.

December 19, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


God is with us at all times

Tomorrow is the last day of school for the year for most. I wonder who is more excited - the students or the teachers? I have an idea. Eight more days and Christmas is here. Can't wait.

December 18, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Faith


Heaven's blessing from God, part 1

God had given to man his word so man can know how to please God. Some find that a difficult thing to comprehend, but there is a Supreme Being, God, who created everything, including man.

December 17, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


How churches can accommodate members with disabilities

Most worship services led by Pastor Don Geller border on chaos. During a recent baptism, formal prayers competed with an impromptu performance of “Jingle Bells” by two little girls and intermittent shouts from a 12-year-old boy for parishioners’ attention.

December 17, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Will Pentagon permanently lift its ban on beards worn for religious reasons?

A Sikh Army captain reported to work this week without a clean shave, thanks to a recently granted, although temporary, religious accommodation.

December 17, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


No easy fixes to improving labor market's weakest link

The 2008 recession pushed former restaurant cook Rusty Boehles out of the workforce. Since then, various opportunities cropped up as the economy recovered, but the pay was low relative to what he used to earn, or the hours were sparse. In his mid-30s, he currently works odd jobs and lives with a friend to get by.

December 16, 2015 | Kevin Dobbs Deseret News | Faith


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Obey God -- He prepared the way

The mystery of salvation has been revealed to man. Paul told the Ephesians of this:

December 14, 2017 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


War on Christmas? More Americans say holiday displays should be kept off government property

If the war on Christmas is real, those who support public Nativity displays need to strengthen their defenses.

December 14, 2017 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News special workflow | Faith


Why Jerusalem matters: The Jewish, Christian and Muslim points of view

President Donald Trump took a step into the unknown last week, promising new policies toward Israel with little indication of how he plans to deal ...

December 11, 2017 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News special workflow | Faith


Remember fun things, times, Jesus

Christmas is a lot of fun. How many of us love the opportunity to go shopping right before Christmas, the crowds, looking for a parking ...

December 11, 2017 | By Pastor Douglas Harn Columnist | Faith


Music and the Spoken Word: Love comes at Christmas

Editor's note: “The Spoken Word” is shared by Lloyd Newell each Sunday during the weekly Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast.

December 11, 2017 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Faith


Do others see Jesus in you?

Recently my wife and I went to Michigan to see her father. While there, he took us out to eat at what has become his ...

December 09, 2017 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Learn the joy of giving

Angel Trees, Shoeboxes, Backpacks and Lottie Moon.

December 08, 2017 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Faith


Only God has all the answers

Man has always been looking for answers. Some have traveled thousands of miles at great expense and risk just to get an answer to the ...

December 07, 2017 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


4 graphics that explore Americans' divided views on Trump

Do Americans like President Donald Trump? The answer varies considerably depending on which Americans one asks.

December 05, 2017 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News special workflow | Faith


U.S. Supreme Court justices signal Masterpiece Cake case will be difficult decision

There are no easy answers in the case of a Christian baker and the gay couple who wanted a wedding cake.

December 05, 2017 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News special workflow | Faith


More than the Billy Graham rule: What faith groups can offer to the sexual assault debate

The recent onslaught of sexual assault allegations has left few industries untouched. Hollywood producers, politicians, celebrities, Silicon Valley insiders and journalists have been outed as ...

December 05, 2017 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News special workflow | Faith


Music and the Spoken Word: Christmas miracles

Editor's note: “The Spoken Word” is shared by Lloyd Newell each Sunday during the weekly Mormon Tabernacle Choir broadcast.

December 03, 2017 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Faith


This can be a wonderful life

Now that Thanksgiving Day has passed, for most people it is time to get into the Christmas spirit.

December 02, 2017 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Is Trumpism the latest religious sect?

Religion, like sports, produces stars. Many stars flash and fade. Others “have legs,” as they say. Their influence expands.

December 02, 2017 | Jerry Johnston Deseret News | Faith


Find true meaning in the season

Get ready. Get set. GO!

December 01, 2017 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Faith


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