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USCIRF calls for government to resettle 100,000 Syrian refugees

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom has released its annual report.

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Dave Ramsey says: Small churches should save for emergencies

You should already be running a monthly and annual budget on the church, so separate the necessities per month and multiply that by a three to six month figure. Read more »

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Hamblin & Peterson: Sepphoris — 'The ornament of the Galilee'

A city that isn't even mentioned in the Bible may have been a key part of the earthly upbringing of Jesus and might help us to understand some of the expressions that he used in his teaching. Read more »

April 29, 2016

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Why pray? Different faiths are united over common cause

Though different religions have different conventions when it comes to prayer, the reasons for praying are strikingly similar. In interviews with local church leaders, most cited strengthening... Read more »

April 29, 2016

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Should your boss know that you keep the Sabbath?

More than half of Americans believe employers should accommodate workers who want to keep a Sabbath. Read more »

April 27, 2016

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For Hillary Clinton, church offers a trusted comfort zone

Sunday mornings at Baptist churches fall right into Hillary Clinton's comfort zone. Read more »

April 24, 2016

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Muslims for Trump, though few, see past rhetoric, bluster

As a Donald Trump supporter, Nedal Tamer feel he's in the minority among Muslim-Americans, comfortable with his choice yet somewhat confounded that he doesn't have more company. Read more »

April 24, 2016

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Passover candy: Good or evil?

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The ritual Passover meal requires each participant to eat matzo, drink four cups of wine and — in many Jewish households — end the feast with some really questionable candy. Read more »

April 21, 2016

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5 faith facts about Harriet Tubman: 'American Moses' is coming to $20 bill

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Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, the Treasury Department is expected to announce Wednesday. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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Why some big city churches are turning into condo developments

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Buildings that once housed faith communities are being sold and torn down. Read more »

April 16, 2016

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Bernie Sanders: No photo with Pope Francis, but more than a Roman souvenir

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VATICAN CITY — In the end, Bernie Sanders got something almost as good as a picture with Pope Francis: blanket international news coverage and a chance to deliver his stump speech wrapped in... Read more »

April 15, 2016

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Court to spaghetti: You are not a god

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A federal court has ruled that the Flying Spaghetti Monster, referred to as “His Flying Noodliness” by fans and followers, is not, alas, the object of a real religion. Read more »

April 14, 2016

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Israel to free 12-year-old Palestinian girl held in prison

A 12-year-old Palestinian girl who was imprisoned after she confessed to planning a stabbing attack in a West Bank settlement will be released early, Israel's prison service said Monday, capping a... Read more »

April 11, 2016

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Virgin Mary statue stirs up debate in secular Uruguay

The South American country of Uruguay has a long tradition of secularism, to the point that a popular president in the early 1900s insisted on writing the word "God" with a lowercase "g'' whenever... Read more »

April 9, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Is animal sacrifice a religious right?

As the United States thaws its frosty attitude toward Cuba, some unforeseen consequences will surely surface. For one, normalization of relations with Cuba may mean normalization of Santeria, the... Read more »

April 9, 2016

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Music and the Spoken Word: Important days

Be our celebrations large or small, it’s good to take time to remember, reflect and rejoice. Read more »

April 9, 2016

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'Start taking care of children and I'll take care of you'

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Salt Lake County, Sandy City and private donors have formed a unique partnership to guide, nuture homeless young men ages 18-21 through the Salt Lake County Youth... Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Pope emphasizes flexibility over rules for modern families

In a sweeping document on family life that opened a door to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, Pope Francis insisted Friday that church doctrine cannot be the final word in answering tricky... Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Pope Francis calls on the world's Catholics to support families in crisis

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"Amoris Laetitia," or "The Joy of Love," is a new letter from Pope Francis on what people must do to support successful family life. Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Catholics react to Pope Francis' document on family life

the world, Catholics reacted Friday to a sweeping document in which Pope Francis said they must be guided by their own informed consciences and not rely exclusively on church doctrine to negotiate... Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Merle Haggard turned to God more and more as he aged

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Merle Haggard rejected his mother's faith at a young age, but turned to God in his old age. Read more »

April 8, 2016

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50 years after Time asked, 'Is God Dead?' the answer is still, 'Nope'

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It's the 50-year anniversary of Time magazine's provocative 'Is God Dead?' cover, but for most Americans, the answer is still no. Read more »

April 8, 2016

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Pope blesses eyes of Ohio girl going blind

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Pope Francis blessed the eyes of an American girl who suffers from a genetic condition that will make her blind, in a visit to the Vatican described as a “miracle” by her father. Read more »

April 6, 2016

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Summit hopes to ‘set free’ Christians from porn

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Six years ago, Christian author and apologist Josh McDowell said he noticed “something’s wrong” with the young people he talks to — their attitudes toward authority, the way... Read more »

April 6, 2016

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Bill to make Bible official state book goes to Tenn. governor

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NASHVILLE — Tennessee is poised to make history as the first state in the nation to recognize the Holy Bible as its official book. Read more »

April 6, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: The tomb of Jesus

Can archaeology locate the site of Jesus Christ's burial and resurrection? There are two principal candidates for the designation. Which, if either of them, is right? Read more »

April 1, 2016

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Evangelist Franklin Graham urges Christians to pray for U.S. and vote

The Rev. Franklin Graham came to Utah on Tuesday to "run a campaign for God. I want to put God back in the discussion," the evangelist told 1,500 people at the state Capitol for a prayer rally that... Read more »

March 29, 2016

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As Pakistan mourns, prime minister vows to defeat militants

In an emotional televised address, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed Monday to hunt down and defeat the militants who have been carrying out attacks like the Easter bombing that targeted Christians... Read more »

March 28, 2016

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Obama and family attend Easter service at historic VA church

President Barack Obama and his family are attending Easter service at the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church, which traces its origins to when Thomas Jefferson was president. Read more »

March 27, 2016

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Pope at Easter recalls victims of 'blind, brutal terrorism'

Pope Francis tempered his Easter Sunday message of Christian hope with a denunciation of "blind" terrorism, recalling victims of attacks in Europe, Africa and elsewhere, as well as expressing... Read more »

March 27, 2016

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Salt Lake congregations unite in Procession of the Cross to commemorate Good Friday

In the Procession of the Cross on Friday, worshippers participated in songs, prayer and scriptural readings at churches throughout downtown. In between the stops, volunteers took turns carrying a... Read more »

March 26, 2016

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Why faith-focused media outlets and coverage matter now more than ever

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As mainstream media outlets like the Boston Globe or the Huffington Post cut back in-house religion coverage and religious publications get squeezed, the public stands to lose with it a deeper... Read more »

March 26, 2016

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Jerry Earl Johnston: Utah for Cruz? Evangelicals for Trump? What's up?

When I get confused about evangelical Christianity, I make one call, that’s all. I call Brad Scheelke, owner of Oasis Christian Books in Logan. Brad and I are old “fencing... Read more »

March 26, 2016

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Iran's Rouhani making first visit to Pakistan as president

Iran's Hassan Rouhani arrived Friday in Pakistan on a landmark visit, his first since becoming president, at a time when Saudi Arabia is courting Islamabad to increase participation in a new... Read more »

March 25, 2016

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Lawsuit accuses LDS church of failing to protect Navajos

Two Navajo siblings sued the Mormon church, alleging they were sexually abused during their time in a now-defunct church program that placed them with foster families in Utah in the late 1970s and... Read more »

March 24, 2016

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They provided fish for refugees and help for everyone else

From advocating for health care reform at the Utah Legislature to providing a bag of food to someone living on the streets, Crossroads Urban Center has been helping and empowering disadvantaged... Read more »

March 21, 2016

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5 ways to help teenagers focus on Jesus Christ at Easter

Easter was fun, cheap and easy when my children were toddlers. But life with teenagers isn't always easy or cheap. Here are five ways to help involve tweens and teenagers in celebrating the meaning... Read more »

March 18, 2016

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Hamblin & Peterson: The words of Easter

Here are some of the words associated with Holy Week and Easter that provide a glimpse into the events associated with the atonement of Jesus Christ, as well as into the history of Christianity... Read more »

March 18, 2016

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In the wake of Trump's rise, Christian media outlets take a stance amid divided audience

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Major faith groups, especially Evangelicals, are divided about supporting Donald Trump's presidential bid and that makes religious media outlets' jobs harder. Read more »

March 17, 2016

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Mormon scolded by Christian group is at center of Kansas law

Daniel Arkell was leading a Bible study for a Christian group at Washburn University Law School in Kansas back in 2004 when the group's president reprimanded him for saying that people's eyes offer... Read more »

March 16, 2016

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Anti-Semitism on campus linked to anti-Israel activity

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Anti-Semitism goes hand-in-hand with anti-Israel activities at U.S. colleges, according to a new report that one critic called a “crude rhetorical cudgel” against the so-called Boycott,... Read more »

March 16, 2016

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Pope says Mother Teresa to be made a saint on Sept. 4

Mother Teresa will be made a saint on Sept. 4. Read more »

March 15, 2016

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New Harmony: Add some extra passion to Holy Week

Holy Week is around the corner. And, as Chaucer would say, “folks are longing for a pilgrimage.” Let me suggest one. If you’re going to be anywhere near Southern Colorado, visit... Read more »

March 11, 2016

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Israel fractures by faith on politics and society

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Israel today grapples with profound existential questions of its national identity, including how Jewish the Jewish state can be. Read more »

March 8, 2016

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Trump wins big among nominal evangelicals, less so among most devout

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Donald Trump won big on Super Tuesday — including states that are largely evangelical. Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Lawsuit accuses Mark Driscoll of misusing Mars Hill Church tithes

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The pastor whose Seattle megachurch imploded two years ago now is accused of raising funds for overseas missionaries and spending it at home, among other allegations. Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Vatican newspaper essays say women should preach at Mass

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A series of essays in the semiofficial Vatican newspaper is urging the Catholic Church to allow women to preach from the pulpit at Mass, a role that has been reserved almost exclusively to the... Read more »

March 2, 2016

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Top Vatican cardinal to testify about sex abuse

One of the highest-ranking Vatican officials is being compelled to testify in public starting Sunday about clerical sex abuse, an unusual demonstration of holding even the most senior Catholic... Read more »

Feb. 27, 2016

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Chris Hicks: ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ gets a Blu-ray upgrade this week

The 1970s TV miniseries “Jesus of Nazareth” has received a Blu-ray upgrade this week, and several other vintage titles are on Blu-ray and DVD, some for the first time. Read more »

Feb. 27, 2016

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This year's 'The Bachelor' contestant is a devout Christian. Why is the show downplaying his faith?

Ben Higgins, the 20th contestant of reality show "The Bachelor," takes his evangelical faith seriously. Why doesn't the show that may be helping him pick a wife do the same? Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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Going inside: 3 churches open their doors as part of bus tour for S.L. Interfaith Month

About three dozen people took a bus tour to visit three local churches — the Salvation Army, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Christian Church. The Feb.... Read more »

Feb. 26, 2016

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