Faith Matters

Desert church digs for Living Water

Desert church digs for Living Water

Jerry Johnston I was motoring down the freeway through California’s high desert when, from the corner of my eye, I glimpsed a tiny cross in the wasteland. The cross was attached to a steeple, which was attached to small white church. There...

 

Pentagon says military personnel can evangelize but not proselytize

Pentagon says military personnel can evangelize but not proselytize

U.S. Navy Lt. Dru Nelson, from Everett, WA, the 3/4 Infantry Battalion Chaplain, leads a non-denominational prayer group for U.S. Marines from the 3/4 Infantry Battalion, at a small outpost in the Gereshk Valley, Helmand province, southern...

 

Faith and work: Accommodating religion boosts morale and bottom line

Faith and work: Accommodating religion boosts morale and bottom line

Accommodating the religious needs of a workforce can boost morale and the bottom line. (Shutterstock) Matthew Brown After a lengthy recruiting effort, executives of a global financial firm couldn’t understand why a prized potential hire...

 

National Prayer Day has people talking about its origins and purpose

National Prayer Day has people talking about its origins and purpose

Marissa Mast prays during a breakfast gathering for the 62nd National Day of Prayer at the Calvary Chapel of Salt Lake in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Matthew Brown Thousands of people across the...

 

Muslims worldwide support democracy and religious freedom

Muslims worldwide support democracy and religious freedom

Most Muslims around the world would prefer living in a democracy that upholds religioius freedom, according to surveys conducted after the Arab Spring that also found many Muslims want their religious code to be the law of the land. (FRANCOIS...

 

Rhetoric heats up in debate over proselytizing in the military

Rhetoric heats up in debate over proselytizing in the military

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) Matthew Brown A war over the religious freedom of military chaplains and the troops they serve is being waged in the Pentagon. The latest salvo came this week when conservative blogger Todd Starnes wrote on Fox...

 

Believing in God, going to church means better health, studies are showing

Believing in God, going to church means better health, studies are showing

Studies are showing a strong connection between good health and religiosity. (Shutterstock) Matthew Brown Studies are showing a strong connection between good health and religiosity. A recent New York Times column by Stanford anthropologist...

 

Church ad calls Jesus Christ ‘The Original Hipster’

Church ad calls Jesus Christ ‘The Original Hipster’

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn launched a new campaign in which Jesus Christ is referred to as “The Original Hipster.” (The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn) Sarah Sanders Petersen In a time where organized religion has...

 

Blue Sunday: Hundreds of churches will pray for the safety of children, rescuers and an end to abuse Sunday

Blue Sunday: Hundreds of churches will pray for the safety of children, rescuers and an end to abuse Sunday

(Heather Tuttle, Deseret News graphics) Lois M. Collins HARLINGEN, Texas — Janet Magee was horrified when a child who sometimes came to the church she attended was murdered, one of the nation’s 1,570 children who die each year from...

 

Death and grieving: Memoirs and cafes help survivors cope and grieve

Death and grieving: Memoirs and cafes help survivors cope and grieve

Everyone deals with death. Maybe that’s one reason some people want to talk about it, or at least read about how others cope with mortality. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News) Matthew Brown Everyone deals with death. Maybe that’s one...