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6 life lessons from a pretzel

Friends and family are familiar with the fact that I like to use food to explain things (My former roommates are still confused at the relationship between switching yogurt brands and my English classes). But life lessons related to food have taught me some profound truths, even though they may be based on my current eating habits. Recently, I started thinking about some changes that had occured in my life. I started munching on a nearby bag of pretzels when it all came together. I paused, pretzel in hand. Suddenly a list of seven life lessons I had learned throughout ...

June 01, 2015 | Emily Cummings FamilyShare | Faith


ValueSpeak: Who's feeling The Pressure?

It’s the seventh game of an NBA playoff series.

June 01, 2015 | Joe Walker Deseret News | Faith


With Jesus, there's always room for all

Recently, I was at an outside basketball court where quite a few kids had gathered to shoot around. They decided to play a game using 10 players - five on one team against five on the other.

May 30, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Women-only mosques filling need for Muslim women in Western world

During a typical Friday prayer at mosques around the world, men and women file into their place of worship together. But once inside, they separate: The men go into the main room with the imam, and women are either placed behind the men with a divider between the two genders, or in separate rooms with speakers.

May 30, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Catholic Church responds to Ireland gay marriage vote, contemplates future

Roman Catholic bishops are voicing concern about how Ireland's gay marriage referendum will affect the stability of the family and society.

May 30, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Senate adds religious freedom amendment to new trade pact

The U.S. Senate last week unanimously passed an amendment calling on the government to weigh a nation's religious freedom picture when conducting trade deals.

May 30, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Wait on the Lord in the race of life

I have mentioned this before in this space, but I have a deep desire to "finish well" in whatever I do. Last month, I attended a "pre-retirement" seminar sponsored by our state Baptist convention. My retirement is not just around the corner, but this was advertised as an important event for all pastors "over the age of 50."

May 29, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Ex-Marine fighting court martial over displaying Bible verse at work

A Marine, given a bad conduct discharge for refusing to remove a Bible verse she displayed at her desk, is fighting the dismissal on religious freedom grounds.

May 29, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Three parts of the Gospel of Christ

What is the Gospel?

May 28, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Notre Dame case raises question of who decides if a law restricts religious practice

Nearly a year after the Supreme Court ruled that a privately held corporation can, on religious grounds, refuse to provide contraceptive health insurance coverage for its employees, the issue of religious exemptions to the Affordable Care Act's mandates may again be headed for the nation's top court.

May 27, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


James shares wisdom on gathering things, wealth

A man was a regular diner at a restaurant, and the owner always did his best to please him. One day, the diner complained that he received only one piece of bread with his meal, so the waiter promptly brought him four slices.

May 26, 2015 | By Pastor Douglas Harn Columnist | Faith


Gospel music touched B.B. King and many other stars

Blues guitar legend B.B. King, who died earlier this month at his Las Vegas home, wasn't the only popular musician whose work started with, or was influenced by, gospel music. Artists ranging from Aretha Franklin to Elvis to Paul Simon and Katy Perry have been touched by a musical angel, too.

May 25, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Jesus wants to help your testimony

Each of us is living out a legacy, something to be remembered for.

May 23, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


ValueSpeak: 'The forget-me-nots of the angels' on Memorial Day

It would be stretching things to suggest Memorial Day was Dad’s favorite holiday.

May 23, 2015 | Joe Walker Deseret News | Faith


Remember the One who gave us life

We are approaching Memorial Day weekend, and it is sneaking up on many of us. It is a bit of a quirk that Memorial Day does not follow the last Sunday of May this year. Nevertheless, we pause this weekend to remember.

May 22, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


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ValueSpeak: Accidental rudeness leads to a kind gesture

I’m not saying the young woman in the fancy sports car was rude when she cut me off in the fast-food restaurant’s drive-through line.

June 21, 2015 | Joe Walker Deseret News | Faith


Why you shouldn’t blame scripture for acts of terrorism

Earlier this week, H.A. Heller and Nathan J Brown wrote a piece for Foreign Affairs that explored whether or not an Islamic authority figure could put an end to Daesh (or, as its commonly known, ISIS).

June 21, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


Supreme Court rules sign restrictions for churches are illegal

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that an Arizona town's restriction of signs posted by a church violated its free speech rights.

June 21, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Maintain perspective through God

On Saturday, I was on my way to conduct a wedding on Tybee Island scheduled to happen at 5 p.m. I was just a couple of miles west of the Bull River Bridge when all of a sudden, the traffic stopped.

June 20, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Trip taught gratitude to God

I returned last week from a mission trip to Haiti. When asked about the trip, my first response often has been, "It was hot." I'm so glad that I came back home to cooler temperatures.

June 19, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Pope's encyclical on environment will affect more than Catholics, faith leaders say

In a highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis this week condemned widespread disengagement with the issue of global warming, using both scientific and theological arguments, and creating an opportunity for leaders from all faiths to address what their religion teaches about caring for creation.

June 19, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Lord's word is sure thing in unsure world

Most everyone wants to have a sure thing that can be counted on without any worries. Things like that come few and far between.

June 18, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


The angry noise behind yoga in India

While 35,000 people will be closing their eyes and humming 'Om' in New Delhi for International Yoga Day, thousands of others in India will be angered — not calmed — by the practice.

June 18, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Confidence in religion at a new low — except among Catholics, poll finds

Americans' confidence in religion is at an all-time low in four decades, according to a new Gallup poll, while it ranked fourth in the polling firm's confidence-in-institutions list.

June 18, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Experiencing Ramadan in America vs. the Middle East

Jana Al-Akhras, an American-born Muslim, began fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in the second grade and has managed to observe the annual practice ever since — in winter and summer, during high school soccer practices and games and through long days of classes in college.

June 17, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Churches need to refocus on the individual to attract the 'nones'

Churches seeking to recapture the growing numbers of religiously unaffiliated should forget about preserving the past and instead focus on the needs of those who see no need for organized religion, one mainline Protestant thought leader said.

June 16, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Use God to master art of gift-giving

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 6:23

June 16, 2015 | By Rev. DeRon Harper Columnist | Faith


Bringing men back to church

There's something — or, more precisely, someone — missing from many churches on Sunday mornings: men.

June 16, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Does your child know the Bible well enough to compete in this competition?

Would you classify your child as a Bible scripture aficionado?

June 16, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


Serving with love

New Beginnings Church in Ludowici is getting ready to deliver some love.

June 15, 2015 | By Edith Anderson Correspondent | Faith


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