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Was Jesus actually meek, easying, and loving?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: A popular TV show is portraying a rather meek Jesus Christ, easygoing and loving, as though there is nothing He would condemn. Is this an accurate portrayal? – E.J.

A: Many people confuse the word meek with weak. While they may rhyme, these are two very different words that bear scrutiny...Read more

Why are there so many forms of Christianity with many forsaking much of the Bible?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: There are so many different religions that claim to know God but they redefine God in their own way. Today there are many forms of Christianity as well, and many forsake much of the Bible. Isn’t this folly? – D.R.

A: People in every nation — totalitarian, democratic, or somewhere in between �...Read more

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Ukraine's top diplomat pushes back at Pope's peace talks remark

Religion / Religious News /

Ukrainian top diplomat pushed back on Pope Francis’ call for his country to show “the courage of the white flag” and enter negotiations with Russia, a remark that fueled outrage among Ukrainians and condemnation from some foreign allies.

“Our flag is a yellow and blue one,” Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said Sunday on X, formerly ...Read more

Does the Lord get weary of His children repeatedly asking for something?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: As a parent, I get weary of hearing my kids ask for things. Does the Lord get weary of His children repeatedly asking for something? – W.P.

A: The Bible says to persist in prayer and to pray about everything. God does not always answer the way we think He should, or when we think He should. We ...Read more

Why can't I honestly give thanks to God in everything?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My oldest daughter died of cancer after several years of pain and heartache. She was unable to raise her children and had to depend on others to do so. Her testimony was remarkable, and though I raised her to love and serve the Lord, I’m struggling to follow my own advice; that we should give ...Read more

The God Squad: Protestants versus Catholics on the Eucharist

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Dear Rabbi Gellman, although I don't always agree with your theology, I do find you extremely sincere, as well as charmingly entertaining and patient with the questions people expect you to answer.

I had the pleasure of meeting you and Monsignor Hartman at the Governor's Prayer Breakfast a few years back while escorting a young ...Read more

Is it the best example to work all the time with no break?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My father was a taskmaster — a good man, a hardworking man — but he literally worked himself to death. Growing up, it didn’t matter how hard I worked; to my father it was never enough. While we live in a society where the work ethic is not as important to the younger generations, is it the ...Read more

Does the Bible say anything about vocations and whether one job is more important than another?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I am a certified electrician. Does the Bible say anything about vocations and whether one job is more important than another? My friends tell me that working at a church is the most important work we can do; yet when people’s electricity fails them, electricians seem to be in great demand! – L.W...Read more

Why are so many young celebrities self-destructive?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: There have been so many celebrities die young by their own will: overdosing, committing suicide, drinking themselves to death, etc. People have to be quite desperate to walk such destructive pathways. It’s hard to understand because they have achieved wealth, fame, and power. Why are they so self-...Read more

Isn’t mocking the Bible based on God’s truth an insult to God?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: There’s a website that predicts the future claiming that it’s based on cultural trends, environmental changes, and advances in technology. People make no apologies for going to this site for its prophetic sourcing, yet they mock the Bible based on God’s truth that has stood the test of time. ...Read more

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A difficult choice for Baltimore: Which Catholic churches will close?

Religion / Religious News /

BALTIMORE — A clap of thunder sounded across Baltimore on a rainy Saturday morning in 2020. The lockdown associated with the early days of the COVID pandemic was in place and the city seemed eerily quiet until the fire sirens began to wail.

During that early spring squall, a bolt of lightning struck an East Baltimore church. Soon the steeple ...Read more

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Fed up with Florida legislators, faith leaders create Black history program for churches

Religion / Religious News /

MIAMI — At New Generation Missionary Baptist Church in Opa-locka, a new class has gained popularity with younger congregants — and it’s not your typical Bible study or Sunday school.

Since last year, the church has been teaching classes about African American history using a program created by leaders from Faith in Florida, a coalition of...Read more

Should we pray for those who persecute us.?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: There’s a Bible verse that says we should pray for those who persecute us. This is troubling to me. What person can really do that? – P.E.

A: Persecution brings terrible pain, but those who persecute us are to be the objects of our prayers. God Himself is the power that makes prayer work. ...Read more

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Commentary: Alabama, religious freedom and frozen embryos

Religion / Religious News /

The Alabama Constitution provides that "no religion shall be established by law" and that "the civil rights, privileges, and capacities of any citizen shall not be in any manner affected by his religious principles." Those prohibitions were forcefully reinforced in a 1998 Religious Freedom Amendment. Like similar provisions of the First ...Read more

Why does the Bible say that no one is good, “no not one”?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Why does the Bible say that no one is good, “no not one”? – N.G.

A: The word good in the language of Scripture literally means “to be like God,” because He alone is the One who is perfectly good. It is one thing to have high ethical standards but quite another for the Holy Spirit...Read more

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Religious rights bill advances through Georgia Senate

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ATLANTA — A bill that would expand religious rights passed the Georgia Senate on Thursday over objections that it could lead to discrimination against gay people.

The Senate voted along party lines, 33-19, to approve the religious rights legislation, which would limit the government’s ability to enforce laws that conflict with religious ...Read more

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Seattle is the least-religious large metro area in the U.S.

Religion / Religious News /

Americans have grown less religious over the past couple of decades, and attendance at religious services is down across the country. Of course, some parts of the country are a lot less religious than others. New survey data shows Seattle is one of those places.

A clear majority of adults in the Seattle area — around 64% — never attend ...Read more

The God Squad: Why don’t Jews accept Jesus as the Messiah?

Religion / God Squad /

Q: Dear Rabbi Gellman, I read your weekly column in Newsday “faithfully”. I learn so much from you. I am a practicing Roman Catholic and I have many wonderful Jewish friends. My DNA shows that I am 2 percent Ashkenazi (European) Jewish. I am proud of that, especially since I have traveled to Dachau, Prague, Amsterdam, and Budapest. I ...Read more

What hope is left if we can’t depend on proper oversight of the people?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I’ve been told that government was ordained by God but it seems that government and kingdoms have both failed. I thought America had it figured out, but our governing bodies are imploding as well. There’s chaos everywhere. What hope is left if we can’t depend on proper oversight of the people?...Read more

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Notre Dame's tiny namesake shows plight of religious colleges

Religion / Religious News /

Times are hard on the campus of Notre Dame.

Not the famous University of Notre Dame, home to Fighting Irish football and more than 13,000 students — little Notre Dame College, a less prestigious Roman Catholic school in the Midwest.

Over the past decade, the 102-year-old private college with about 1,400 students, located in South Euclid, ...Read more