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Is there an overview of the Bible that will help us study together?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My parents gave me the most beautiful Bible for Christmas. They became Christians after I came into their home through the foster care system. A couple who cared for me a short while before helped place me in this home after they led my adoptive parents to the Lord. Inscribed is the most beautiful ...Read more

Muslim women push Chicago community to join green Ramadan: 'We are the caretakers of the Earth'

Religion / Religious News /

CHICAGO — On a recent Sunday evening, a group of Muslim women huddled around a hot beverage dispenser. They watched as one woman mixed cardamom tea, anise seed, cinnamon, ginger and different kinds of milk.

It would be easier to offer hot water and tea bags, Sam Bawamia said as she stirred the warm beverage. But she had recently read that tea...Read more

The God Squad: Ramadan Mubarak

Religion / God Squad /

Spring is by far the most spiritually significant time of the year. All the major faiths of East and West religions celebrate their holiest days during the springtime — usually near the first full moon after the vernal equinox. I always put aside your wonderful questions until I can do some justice to the springtime holy days. I have talked ...Read more

How can we flee from the devil if we don’t recognize him?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Many people are unaware of the power Satan has. Does he put all of his effort in keeping others from God’s salvation? Or does the devil go after people of faith and, if so, how do we combat him? The Bible says that we should flee from the devil, but how can we if we don’t recognize him? – R.S....Read more

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Religious workers face US immigration backlog

Religion / Religious News /

TAMPA, Fla. — For over four years, Andrés Arenas has been serving as a spiritual leader and musical director at Iglesia Vida Nueva, a Pentecostal church in West Tampa, where the congregation mainly consists of families from Latin America.

In 2019, Arenas came from Bucaramanga, in north-central Colombia, accompanied by his wife, to support ...Read more

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'Muslim-ish': For less observant Muslims, Ramadan remains a cherished ritual

Religion / Religious News /

PHILADELPHIA -- Candlelight flickered across Maham Rizvi’s face as she adorned a chestnut-brown coffee table with different mementos: "A River Dies of Thirst," the collection of writings by the Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish; "Moon and Sun," a poetry book by the Sufi Muslim poet Rumi; a bowl of colorful Turkish soft candies surrounded by ...Read more

When people use the phrase “this may be your Gethsemane,” what does that mean?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: When people use the phrase “this may be your Gethsemane,” what does that mean? – H.L.

A: The garden of Gethsemane is at the base of the Mount of Olives outside the gates of Jerusalem. The word Gethsemane means “oil press.” When olives are harvested, they are squeezed under an ...Read more

What’s the most concise way to be an effective witness?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I was asked by a co-worker what the Gospel of Jesus is. I couldn’t explain it clearly. What’s the most concise way to be an effective witness? I want to be faithful in speaking God’s truth. – R.W.

A: The Bible says, “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was ...Read more

Is there a story lead my brother away from temptation?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My brother is discouraged in his faith, but he’s not walking away from it — at least not yet. His buddies set him up for temptation in such clever ways and he’s conflicted whether he should fall in with them. I’m quite a bit older than he is and helped raise him. Now that he’s in college, ...Read more

Is it a a blessing to work in a VA hospital?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: It’s been a blessing to work in a VA hospital. The sacrifice of men and women for the sake of our nation’s freedom is humbling. While I always desired to work in a ministry organization or church, I’ve found that the Lord has given me a greater ministry in this environment. I’ve been able to...Read more

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Faithful flock to Shrine of Christ's Passion in Indiana for Stations of the Cross

Religion / Religious News /

ST. JOHN, Ind. — Frank Schilling stood at the highest point at the Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John on Good Friday overlooking the prayer trail where the Stations of the Cross were being led by the Most Rev. Bishop Robert J. McClory.

Schilling was trying to count the sea of people who packed the winding prayer trail almost from the ...Read more

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NYC Mayor Adams, Rikers Island detainees baptized by the Rev. Sharpton on Good Friday

Religion / Religious News /

NEW YORK — It was a very Good Friday for Mayor Eric Adams, who was baptized with inmates at the Rikers Island jail in what he said was a recommitment to the city and to his faith.

“This is Resurrection Sunday coming up,” Adams told the New York Daily News just two days before Easter, the holiest day on the Christian calendar. “We should...Read more

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Faithful flock to Shrine of Christ's Passion in Indiana for Stations of the Cross

Religion / Religious News /

ST. JOHN, Ind. — Frank Schilling stood at the highest point at the Shrine of Christ’s Passion in St. John on Good Friday overlooking the prayer trail where the Stations of the Cross were being led by the Most Rev. Bishop Robert J. McClory.

Schilling was trying to count the sea of people who packed the winding prayer trail almost from the ...Read more

How has society become so self-absorbed and filled with injustice?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Our society has become self-absorbed and filled with injustice. Hateful people are given enormous platforms by the media to spew their venom. Is this a sign of the times? – H.P.

A: Hate knows no bounds. It is in motion at every level. Looking out for number one has become the goal of many. To ...Read more

Resigned president is suing Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for defamation

Religion / Religious News /

FORT WORTH, Texas — The former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth is suing the theological institute he used to lead over allegations of defamation following his resignation, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

Adam Greenway, the president of the seminary from 2019 to 2022, alleges in the lawsuit ...Read more

The God Squad: Happy Easter, Happy Holi

Religion / God Squad /

Happy springtime! The formation of religious holy days is a mixture of history and myth. The celebration of new life in the spring is the most ancient cause of religious celebration. The dry and barren months of winter provoke a natural despair just as the birth of new flocks and crops provokes the birth of new joy.

What was added to the cycle ...Read more

Will I find my soulmate online?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I have not been able to find the right person to marry and some of my family suggest that I am too closed-minded to using a matchmaking service. They’re convinced I will find my soulmate online! Seems kind of cold to me. – M.N.

A: Matchmaking has become a booming business from Africa to Asia, ...Read more

Does praying to multiple gods work?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I dread having to go through another presidential election this year. I hear people of all religious persuasions calling people to pray, but does praying to multiple gods work? What’s the point? – D.P.

A: Sadly, many pray to gods that have no ears to hear and no eyes to see. But prayers lifted ...Read more

Does the Bible speak to this hospitality dilemma?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My degree is in hospitality management and my career has been in events planning. I enjoy the creativity of this industry; however, I am offended by the term “Very Important Person VIP.” My training teaches me that everyone should be treated as important. Does the Bible speak to this dilemma? �...Read more

Are we programmed at birth?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Working in the field of computer science has been fascinating—and sometimes scary, considering what goes into programming. My boss often compares computer software to the human brain. While I disagree with him, the brain is complex and as many say, “What goes into our brain eventually comes out ...Read more