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Childhood pretend play connected to religious switching, study finds

A child's imagination during pretend play can take them from a walk around Mars to a picnic in Neverland. However, his or her travels don't stop there. Pretend play may also lead them on a religious journey in his or her adult life.

July 27, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Cosmic humility: The spiritual side effects of viewing Earth from outer space

Writing in Medium about a new image of Earth released July 20 by NASA scientists and dubbed the "new Blue Marble," astronaut Scott Kelly said, "There's something remarkable about a single snapshot of Earth — an intact view of our planet in its entirety, hanging in space."

July 27, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Do contraceptive rules make religious groups 'complicit in evil?'

Does requiring a group of Roman Catholic nuns to sign a piece of paper stating their objection to providing contraception coverage make them complicit in an evil act? One group says it does, and the question might soon find a nonreligious referee in the Supreme Court.

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


Evangelicals and Muslims together denounce Franklin Graham’s anti-Muslim remarks

WASHINGTON — An evangelical pastor from Texas joined American Muslim leaders Thursday in denouncing recent anti-Muslim comments by evangelist Franklin Graham as they announced upcoming efforts to build bridges between their religious communities.

July 26, 2015 | Sara Weissman Deseret News | Faith


Improve others' perception of us

The other day, I was talking to a neighbor whom I hadn't spoken to for a while. I asked her if she had been walking lately in this heat, and she responded with a statement that surprised me: She made a remark about me always being out there running rather than walking.

July 25, 2015 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Times may change; God doesn't

Ten years ago, this week my family moved to Pembroke. I began my job as the pastor at First Baptist Church in Pembroke, and my wife started only a week or so later as the choral music teacher at Richmond Hill Middle School. Our youngest son enrolled as a student at Richmond Hill High School, while our oldest enrolled at Georgia Southern University.

July 24, 2015 | By Pastor Brad Butler First Baptist Church, Pembroke | Faith


School district and secularists settle school prayer lawsuit

A federal lawsuit filed against a school district in Georgia for allegedly violating First Amendment rights by allowing football coaches to lead students in prayers and include Bible passages in team materials has been settled.

July 24, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Do God's will to obtain eternal life

Jesus said, "Not everyone that saith unto me 'Lord, Lord' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils?

July 23, 2015 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


New film profiles little-known Jewish philanthropist who built African-American schools



Although credited with establishing Sears, Roebuck & Company as a leading American retailer, Julius Rosenwald's name has largely been unremembered in the decades since he died in 1932.

July 23, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


Christian schools take stance on homosexuality policies

With same-sex marriage now legal across the country, the question has surfaced about whether religious-affiliated schools will accommodate gay or lesbian students, staff and faculty who are married.

July 22, 2015 | Massarah Mikati Deseret News | Faith


Pope Francis taps media-savvy priest for key Los Angeles role

Father Robert Barron may be ready for his close-up. The media-savvy Roman Catholic priest whose public television series "Catholicism" drew wide acclaim, has been named one of three new auxiliary bishops for Los Angeles, arguably the world's media capital.

July 22, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith


The title of Harper Lee’s new book comes from the Bible

Last Tuesday, book readers and literature enthusiasts alike celebrated across the country as “Go Set a Watchman” — the sequel to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” — hit bookshelves and was made available to the public.

July 21, 2015 | Herb Scribner Deseret News | Faith


Jesus is best hope in world for Christians

What is hope? In the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, it is defined as "a confident expectation that a desire will be fulfilled; wishful trust; something which one longs to see realized"

July 20, 2015 | By Pastor Douglas Harn Columnist | Faith


Religious freedom experts worry about their First Amendment rights after marriage ruling

Long-held American views of religious liberty may be rapidly shifting in the wake of a June 26 Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage across the country.

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


Is religion failing? The Dalai Lama has a surprising answer

It isn't just American demographers and church planters who are concerned about the rise of the "nones," or the spiritually unaffiliated. Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, isn't happy about it, either.

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


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How public figures' infidelity affects the people they serve

Scandal in the personal lives of politicians is always big news — even when the scandal is that a leader has gone to great lengths to ...

April 18, 2017 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Man cries at thought of going to Cub Scout pack meeting after surgery

One man’s feelings about Cub Scout pack meeting were revealed after coming off medication following knee surgery.

April 16, 2017 | Brooke Facer Deseret News | Faith


Music and the Spoken Word: Set free

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

April 16, 2017 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Faith


3 ways God restores our inner peace

Maintaining inner peace is a challenge. Every day we strive to balance family, work and our well-being, all while trying to keep a positive and ...

April 16, 2017 | Mayra Colón FamilyShare | Faith


Choosing the date of Easter and how Western, Eastern celebrations are on the same day this year

For most premodern peoples, the entire cosmos was sacred, because it was both created by God and filled with divine power and presence. God (or ...

April 16, 2017 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Faith


Easter -- a reminder of priorities

Easter is the most important holy day on the Christian calendar because it marks the greatest event in Christian history; the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

April 15, 2017 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


On the 500th anniversary of Reformation, reflecting on how the religious movement changed Easter

Five hundred years ago, a man named Martin Luther and his fellow reformers forever changed Christianity and the Western world. Their mounting opposition to Roman ...

April 15, 2017 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Easter show Jesus is alive

This Sunday we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. In reality we do that every time we gather for worship on Sunday.

April 14, 2017 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Faith


Think about what love is

Love is something that is talked about a lot. People love foods, cars, jobs, other people, etc. Yet, most people have no idea of what ...

April 13, 2017 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Viral blog post outlines the human need for suffering

Warning: The article linked to in this post includes strong language.

April 11, 2017 | Morgan Jones Deseret News | Faith


The will of God

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed ...

April 10, 2017 | By Rev. Roland Banks Columnist | Faith


Music and the Spoken Word: How to make a difference

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

April 09, 2017 | Deseret Connect Deseret News | Faith


A tale of moguls, monks and sacred stones

VINA, California — If you’ve visited San Simeon, the mansion in Southern California built by newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, you know the man never ...

April 09, 2017 | Jerry Johnston Deseret News | Faith


Reservations to the wrong place

The other day I was trying to make reservations for a place in south Florida to take the grandkids during spring break.

April 08, 2017 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


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