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Pope Francis' Philly upcoming visit has homeowners renting rooms

Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States in September — his first as pontiff — is maxing out available lodging in Philadelphia, where he is due to celebrate an outdoor Mass attended by between 1.5 million and 2 million people.

May 19, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Dying father gets early father-daughter wedding dance with his girls



Learning of a terminal diagnosis causes us to pause and focus on things that really matter in life. If you're a parent, you realize all the "firsts" you will miss in the life of your child — dates, school dances, graduations and weddings.

May 18, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


About half of atheist kids find religion later in life, report shows

The Pew Research Center released a report earlier this week that looked at the religious landscape of the United States.

May 18, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


The difference between free speech and hate speech

The satirical minds behind the controversial French weekly Charlie Hebdo received a standing ovation on Tuesday as they accepted the PEN American Center’s Toni and James C Goodale Freedom of Expression Courage Award, despite protests claiming that the magazine "violates the acceptable."

May 18, 2015 | JJ Feinauer Deseret News | Faith


Visiting the Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi

Contemporary media are filled with relentlessly negative news from the Middle East: murders, kidnappings, bombings, suicide attacks, torture, brutal executions, missile attacks, air and drone strikes, failed leaders and states, anarchy, hundreds of thousands dead in wars, millions displaced and widespread human suffering.

May 18, 2015 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Faith


Make sure every day is Mother's Day

Last weekend, people all across America celebrated Mother's Day. It is a time when children, husbands and churches found ways to show appreciation for what mothers do.

May 16, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Religion in America is changing, not dying, some observers say

Many of the initial reports on the Pew Research Center's study on America's changing religious landscape could leave the impression that religion is on the decline in the United States.

May 16, 2015 | Sarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


What this homeless man did with his final 18 cents ‘moved’ a church

Leaders of a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, were emotionally moved by a donation they received this week from a homeless man who donated what could have been his final 18 cents to the congregation, according to WBTV, a local news station in North Carolina.

May 16, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


Listen to God during life's trials

I have to share something with you: So far, the year 2015 has not been a good one for my health.

May 15, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


How interfaith groups are combating the rise in anti-Semitism

The rise in anti-Semitism, highlighted by murderous attacks on Jewish targets in Paris and Copenhagen earlier this year, suggests a looming concern on the global stage, and a conflict between elements of radical Islam and Jewish people. But in several corners of the world, Jews and Muslims are working together to combat the scourge, and those involved say they're seeing positive results:

May 15, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Bible-themed TV drama doubles as church sermon starter

The popular NBC television series "A.D.: The Bible Continues" is not only a Sunday-evening must see for many viewers — they're also getting sermons based on the show's themes in church.

May 15, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


ValueSpeak: How's your technical track record?

Not too long ago my friend — we’ll call her Geri — finished taking her final college exams. She has earned her degree one or two classes at a time. Her grandchildren are very proud.

May 15, 2015 | Joe Walker Deseret News | Faith


Coffee shop opens its purple door to help 'street kids'



Homelessness is a world-wide problem. Once a person finds themselves in that situation, it can be difficult to get back on their own two feet again.

May 15, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


Sin is not God's fault; He does have cure

When God created man and woman on Day Six of the creation week, he had provided all that they needed.

May 14, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


The kindness of a stranger toward a single mom will leave you in tears



Every Friday night, a single mother and her three children eat out at a restaurant — a special family tradition. She works hard at her job and as a mother. She's also a domestic abuse survivor.

May 14, 2015 | Wendy Jessen FamilyShare | Faith


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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


The Rohingyas: A look into one of the world's most persecuted minorities

“People lost at sea” has been prominent in the news headlines in the past few days. Thousands of Rohingyas, a Muslim sect, have fled persecution in what they say is their homeland in hopes of finding justice elsewhere.

June 15, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Megachurch draws $71 million in pledges for 'daring' project

An evangelical Christian megachurch has received $71 million in pledges for what it says is a "daring" project aimed at expanding its global ministry, with an estimated $7 million in cash already received.

June 14, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Evangelical leaders split over gay marriage as Supreme Court decision nears

As the Supreme Court is poised to rule on same-sex marriage, evangelical Christian leaders, once unified on the topic, are expressing opposing viewpoints, even though polls show a majority of the movement's rank-and-file oppose it.

June 14, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Jesus can turn dream into reality

The other day, I woke in the night after having a bad dream. To make a long story short, I was attacked by a couple of house cats for no apparent reason.

June 13, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Challenges of new places, experiences

By the time you read this, I will be on my way back home. I wrote it before I left.

June 12, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


Word of God is divine guide for mankind

Man is not capable of finding his way to heaven without the divine guidance found in God's word.

June 11, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith




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