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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 — a move that comes following furor over the store chain's transgender bathroom stance.

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 can't paint. I don't work well with clay. I've never considered the possibility of sculpting. To be honest, I don't even take very good pictures.

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


Professor's new app helps atheists debate with believers: 'Can you support your positions about God?

A philosophy professor has launched a new app seemingly aimed at helping atheists more easily communicate with believers about tough theological issues.

August 25, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | 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 justify the policies, noting that the burqini is an unwelcome reminder of the threat of Islamic terror.

August 25, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Judge who said she wouldn't marry gays fights back against recommendation she be fired

The Wyoming Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a case against a judge who is fighting to keep her job after publicly stating that her Christian faith prevents her from performing same-sex marriage ceremonies.

August 24, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The Bible verse that has taken a prominent place in the Olympics

Retired Olympic gymnast Dominique Dawes recently revealed the "prayer" that she typically had in her head just before entering into tough competitions — a Bible verse that she said helped to calm and prepare her: Philippians 4:13.

August 23, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


This paralyzed bride proved doctors wrong when she walked down the aisle at her wedding

At age 17, Jaquie Goncher went from being an active teenager to being paralyzed from the neck down in an instant when she dove into a pool and broke her neck.

August 23, 2016 | Amberlee Lovell FamilyShare | Faith


Football coach who was fired after refusing to stop praying on the 50-yard line sues

A high school football coach has filed a lawsuit against his former employer, alleging that his First Amendment rights were violated when he was fired for refusing to stop praying at the 50-yard line after each game.

August 23, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


College students say they care about interfaith cooperation — are school leaders listening?

Vicky Gillon grew up in a Christian household and studied Islam during her senior year of high school. In her first 18 years, she learned to appreciate religious diversity but had few opportunities to experience it.

August 23, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Trouble doesn't last always

This morning in my devotions, I read this passage of Scripture, "Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5 NLT.

August 22, 2016 | By Pastor Douglas Harn Columnist | Faith


National Organization for Women president shocks radio host with response to abortion question

A Seattle-based radio host recently asked the head of the National Organization for Women a series of controversial questions about women's health and abortion.

August 22, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


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'Constantly consumed by horror': Archbishop of Canterbury's candid comments on homosexuality

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby delivered some candid comments about the Anglican Communion's intense internal disagreements over same-sex marriage during a session at the ...

September 12, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Who people of faith plan to vote for in 2016

More white Protestants plan to vote for Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton, but the Republican presidential candidate fares poorly among Catholics and black Protestants, according ...

September 11, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Pornography study yields shocking results about divorce — here's why some aren't buying it

A new study found watching pornography part way through one's marriage can potentially double the chances of divorce, with people who don't attend ...

September 11, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


How did the Bible influence past presidents? New effort plans to reveal the answers

Ahead of the Museum of the Bible's highly anticipated opening in Washington, D.C., next year, the organization has announced the launch of a ...

September 11, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Lazy and disengaged? New study on volunteerism reveals stunning details about teens and churches

A new study casts some doubts on claims that today's teens are lazy and disengaged, with the Barna Group finding that the majority of ...

September 11, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The single word etched on this 9/11 memorial that is sparking controversy

Controversy is brewing in the town of Owego, New York, over some of the words etched on a new monument honoring lives lost during the ...

September 11, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


'Science Guy' Bill Nye is set to get his own talk show — here's what we know

Bill Nye achieved national fame with his popular 1990s kids show "Bill Nye the Science Guy," though, today, he's often in the news for ...

September 08, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Atheists file lawsuit to force county to remove this symbol from its official government seal

Atheist activists are suing a Pennsylvania county to force the removal of a cross that is included in the design of the local government's ...

September 08, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


How a black church and a white church that segregated 170 years ago are confronting the past

The scars of our nation's history are still painfully visible in Macon, Georgia, where two houses of worship — both named First Baptist Church — stand ...

September 08, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


What was Saudi Arabia's role in the rise of ISIS?

Saudi Arabian leaders are "both the arsonists and the firefighters" in the global war on terror, according to a recent article from The New York ...

September 08, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Actor Mel Gibson responds to speculation about 'Passion' sequel during surprise appearance

Rumors have been swirling for months surrounding a potential sequel to Mel Gibson's mega-popular 2004 hit film, "The Passion of the Christ."

September 07, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Catholic university reportedly becomes first U.S. college ever to hire Hindu priest as chaplain

Georgetown University just became the first college in the U.S. to hire a Hindu priest as a full-time campus chaplain — an intriguing move for ...

September 07, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


How to talk about faith with someone who's been skipping church

Heather Sears took a break from church during college. She wasn't bored or lazy; she was confused, and needed time away from Sunday services ...

September 07, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Church launches 'Racists Anonymous' meetings as well as 12-step program to help 'race addicts'

Twelve-step programs typically help people overcome drug or alcohol dependency, but one North Carolina church has developed its own set of steps to combat personal ...

September 07, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


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