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Can this be a Biblical church?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My church is no longer the church it used to be. Many say they follow the Lord but don’t really read His Word or preach it. Can this be a Biblical church? – D.C.

A: Within the vast complexities, bureaucracies, organizations, and institutions of Christendom there exists the true Body of...Read more

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Law firm finds credible evidence of sexual misconduct by late ministry leader Ravi Zacharias goes back years

Religion / Religious News /

ATLANTA — An investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct against Ravi Zacharias found credible evidence that the prominent Christian leader was involved in several incidents of unwanted touching, sexting, spiritual abuse and rape.

The international board of Alpharetta-based Ravi Zacharias International Ministries hired the ...Read more

The God Squad: A card from Tommy delivered by a homeless angel

Religion / God Squad /

I got a holiday card from Tommy this week.

Father Tom Hartman, my partner and pal, has been dead since Feb. 16. 2016, but the card came last week. It was mailed two days before Christmas this year to the wrong address by the people (also angels) at the Holy Apostles soup kitchen on 296 Ninth Ave, New York, NY 10001 (Yes, you can send them a ...Read more

Does God require this of the innocent?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My son-in-law has committed adultery and my daughter is devastated, but out of concern for his soul she does not want to leave him. I am upset about this because he is making a fool of her. Does God require this of the innocent? – W.M.

A: When a spouse is unfaithful in marriage there is ...Read more

How can I have victory over fear of things I have no control over?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Being a resident of Louisiana my entire life has caused me to live in constant fear because of the storms that batter this region of the country. How can I have victory over fear of things I have no control over? – L.F.

A: Many people have faced ominous storms since the beginning of time...Read more

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Judge tosses Cuomo's COVID-19 limits on religious gatherings

Religion / Religious News /

NEW YORK — New York state limits on religious gatherings in areas with high rates of COVID-19 infections were blocked by a federal judge in Brooklyn, after the U.S. Supreme Court recently sided with churches and synagogues challenging such measures.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had last year ordered limits on indoor prayer services to 10 people...Read more

Will education help be a part of solving the problems of mankind?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: My parents taught me to believe in God, but after going through the 2020 pandemic it is hard for me to believe that there is a God and more difficult to believe he loves humanity. My professors come closer to explaining the suffering in the world by helping me understand that education will...Read more

What can a parent do to make sure that children learn the right things that bring them true happiness?

Religion / Billy Graham /

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: I worry about what my children learn in school but I am not able to send them to a private school. What can a parent do to make sure that children learn the right things that bring them true happiness? – P.T.

A: There are many examples in the Bible about people seeking happiness. King ...Read more

The God Squad: When was the last time someone took your breath way?

Religion / God Squad /

You know I have been trying recently in all my columns to send to you, dear readers, a simple but deeply profound message: LOOK UP!

Looking up means spending at least as much time in gratitude as you spend in complaining — at least as much time taking in the power of our blessings as we do taking in the pain of our burdens. The advice to look...Read more

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He made sure the bodies of the Muslim dead faced Mecca. COVID-19 claimed his life

Religion / Religious News /

LOS ANGELES – Mahmoud and Rayah Shilleh walked silently across the Islamic Garden at Westminster Memorial Park toward the six-day-old grave of their father, Hashem Ahmad Alshilleh.

They passed row after row of identical tombs — plots ringed by concrete curbs and covered in white stones, with raised headstones that serve as the resting place...Read more

The God Squad: God’s sense of humor

Religion / God Squad /

Q: I’ve been a huge fan of yours since you and the Monsignor took the good news to the Imus show many years ago. Someone I know posted this on Facebook today, and although I vehemently disagreed with her, I was struggling for an appropriate response. Would you please comment on this? “I know one thing for certain ... God is laughing at ...Read more

The God Squad: Death is a reality that deserves honest articulation

Religion / God Squad /

Q: I look to you for information, peace in my heart and I just love your sense of humor. I am totally destroyed over the present conditions we're having to live in between the COVID-19 virus, isolation and the hatred in our country because of politics. I know I'm one of probably millions and sometimes I just don't know what to do to stay ...Read more

The God Squad: What happens at Jewish burials

Religion / God Squad /

Q: I have enjoyed reading your column for years and have learned a lot about the different religions in our world. A person I work with, who is Jewish, lost his mother recently. Due to the current pandemic, I had the opportunity to watch his mother's service via Zoom. I was surprised to listen to their version of the 23rd Psalm. But what ...Read more

The God Squad: New New Year’s resolutions from readers

Religion / God Squad /

I asked you, dear readers, to join me in the hunt for truly novel and spiritually impactful New Year’s resolutions. You flooded the inbox of my life. Thank you. Here is a sampling of some of the things some of you will sometimes try to sometimes do…

From S in Branford, Connecticut:

My resolutions are to be kind and to stay positive. I have...Read more

The God Squad: New Year’s Resolutions

Religion / God Squad /

Of all the popular secular rituals that sometimes enrich (Thanksgiving family meals) and sometimes degrade (Halloween vandalism) our public life, my favorite is the custom of making resolutions at the end of the year. I know that most of these resolutions are honored mostly in their abandonment and yet I still think they are a spiritually ...Read more

The God Squad: Some great ideas for spiritually acceptable gifts from spiritually acceptable readers

Religion / God Squad /

Hi, Rabbi Gellman, this year the adults in my family have decided, instead of gift to each other, we are donating what we would have spent to a veterans organization that helps homeless veterans with food, housing and provides other assistance as needed. Have a safe and happy 2021 — M

Purchase a subscription to a magazine or newspaper as a ...Read more