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Is it morally wrong to gamble and play the lottery?

An Alabama pastor is speaking out against his state's apparent openness to implementing a lottery system, claiming such a prospect would "target the poor" and offer up false hope to those desperately seeking financial gain.

August 04, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The major role faith and religion will play at the 2016 Olympic Games

It's no secret that the Olympic Games bring together a diverse pool of people from different ethnicities and cultures — individuals who have divergent beliefs and lifestyles, particularly when it comes to the practice of faith and religion.

August 04, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


How religious commitment affects people's reactions to medical advancements

Highly religious Americans are more concerned than other U.S. adults about medical advancements designed to enhance human potential, according to a new Pew Research Center report on public understanding of biomedical technologies.

August 03, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Catholic leaders speak out as controversy continues over divorced, remarried church members

As Pope Francis prepares to present his recent document on family life to church leaders in Poland this week, debates over the impact and meaning of his writings continue.

August 02, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


Is this TV show a 'game changer for people with Down syndrome'?

The mother of a young man with Down syndrome who stars on A&E's "Born This Way" believes that the TV show — which offers a lens into what it's like to live with the genetic disorder — is a "game-changer" for people with disabilities.

August 02, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Country star Hillary Scott says new album was obedience to God

Hillary Scott is the seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer of the country music trio Lady Antebellum, but on Friday she will release her first Christian album.

August 02, 2016 | Morgan Jones Deseret News | Faith


School district banned band from performing iconic hymn 'Amazing Grace' — until parents got involved

An Alabama school district reversed course and overturned a short-lived ban on a public high school band's performance of "Amazing Grace" — a move that came following an outcry from frustrated parents.

August 02, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


St. Philip's calls new pastor

The congregation of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Hinesville, has called the Rev. Denise Ronn, Ph.D., to serve as priest.

August 01, 2016 | Special to the Courier | Faith


Is Bernie Sanders an atheist?

Questions about Bernie Sanders' faith have emerged throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, but the leak of nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails instantly brought the issue back to the forefront.

August 01, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


How to climb out of the ranks of the underemployed

Jose Rodriguez was among the millions of Americans swept up in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. The machinery mechanic lost his job of 12 years when the company he worked for went out of business.

August 01, 2016 | Kevin Dobbs Deseret News | Faith


Democrats and Republicans double-down on abortion, but where do Americans stand?

With both major political parties taking firmer positions on abortion this election cycle, a new poll is offering insight into where Americans stand on the issue.

July 31, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The 'unusual' thing about the Democratic Party platform

The 2016 Democratic Party platform seeks to expand abortion rights, staunchly defends Israel and takes a firm stance against Republican candidate Donald Trump, mentioning his name 32 times throughout the 51-page document.

July 31, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The importance of prayer

"First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth."

July 30, 2016 | By Pastor Richard Hayes Columnist | Faith


Are you sharing your experience?

The other morning as I was reading some Scripture, I came across 1 John chapter 1.

July 30, 2016 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


What I learned on a trail near Machu Picchu

Several years ago, I was hired to lead a trip to Peru. The trip was organized by a group travel company and was expertly executed in every way, with the exception of the in-over-his-head host.

July 30, 2016 | Jason Wright Deseret News | Faith


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Thriving in a mixed-belief marriage

I had always known that this might happen: After three years, my husband had decided that he no longer wanted to take part in our ...

August 13, 2016 | Kristin Ahmed FamilyShare | Faith


Trees show how we should live our lives

The other day while I was walking, trying to get into the habit of exercise, I glanced over to my left and noticed a tall ...

August 13, 2016 | By Pastor Steve Lane New Beginnings Community Church | Faith


Prayer still needed in our high-tech world

On a recent Saturday afternoon I went to the golf course. No one was with me. The golf course was almost empty when I got ...

August 12, 2016 | By Pastor Brad Butler Pembroke First Baptist Church | Faith


Hold to God's word as it is written in Bible

Mankind must have the proper disposition toward the word of God. When it is read, it should be read even as Nehemiah had it read ...

August 11, 2016 | By Minister Riley Nelson Richmond Hill Church of Christ | Faith


Christian filmmaker claims his new documentary proves God exists

Evangelist Ray Comfort is known for producing documentaries that drum up a fair bit of controversy, while also drawing attention to common theological debates.

August 11, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


How a simple ink pen became the gift of hope

My friend slides the slender white box across the table at a quiet Mexican restaurant. “I brought you something.”

August 11, 2016 | Jason Wright Deseret News | Faith


Harvard psychologist's assessment of the world today might shock you

Despite the hand-wringing that has unfolded in some circles over the current state of our culture — and increased fears over the Islamic State's ongoing ...

August 11, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Meet the Muslim woman who is helping save Christians' lives in the Middle East

Amid ongoing chaos in Iraq and Syria, a Muslim woman is taking a leading role with a prominent Christian charity, helping to feed and clothe ...

August 11, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


The murder of a French priest was tragic, but not rare in places like Africa

The murder of an 85-year-old priest at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France, stunned many throughout the world who realized even houses of worship aren't ...

August 11, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


U.S. Olympian Gabby Douglas' intense Christian faith — and its profound role in her quest for succes

For many athletes competing in Rio, reliance on personal faith and the quest for Olympic success go hand in hand. Gymnast Gabrielle "Gabby" Douglas is ...

August 11, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Is the pro-pot movement's quest for marijuana legalization at a tipping point?

Four in 10 Americans now hold mixed views on illegal substances, believing hard drugs should stay illegal, but recreational drugs, like marijuana, should be allowed ...

August 11, 2016 | Billy Hallowell Deseret News | Faith


Did you turn 50 recently? Become a grandparent? Learn to drive? There's a ritual for that

If a bomb fell on a wedding celebration before the cake was cut, would the couple still be married? This was the question posed to ...

August 11, 2016 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Faith


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