Health & Spirit

How a private meeting with Billy Graham changed actor Steve McQueen's life

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Actor Steve McQueen, who personified cool during his nearly two decades as a Hollywood superstar, retreated from the glamor and excesses of the movie scene late in his short life and embraced Christianity.

When he died at age 50, McQueen was clutching a Bible -- one given to him by Billy Graham.

In fact, it was Graham's personal Bible, the one...Read more

Rev. Rob Lee tells 'The View' that many white churches aren't doing Christianity right

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Rev. Rob Lee IV, a relative of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, said on ABC's "The View" Monday that white Christians need to find "a different way of doing church" that is more aligned with the teachings of Jesus.

It's the latest high-profile appearance for the 24-year-old Duke Divinity School graduate who has spoken with ...Read more

White Christians are no longer US majority

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White Christians, long the dominant religious group in the U.S., now account for less than half of all adults living in America, a recently released survey shows.

More than 80 percent of the nation's residents identified as white and Christian 40 years ago, according to the Public Religion Research Institute. In contrast, the institute's 2016 ...Read more

Iran's 'city of mullahs' has a surprising side

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QOM, Iran -- Before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, this city was pious and sedate.

The late Iranian American poet Nader Naderpour once listed as its main features "women with scarves over their heads, men clad in clerical robes, a single golden dome, old storks in the sky, one spiritless garden, a handful of lonely trees."

Qom became the bedrock...Read more

Descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee quits NC church over criticism

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A descendant of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee who made headlines for denouncing racism on last month's MTV Video Music Awards has announced he is leaving his post at a Winston-Salem after some in the congregation expressed discomfort over some of the statements he has been making.

Among those concerns is that the Rev. Robert...Read more

NC church known for 'blasting' out demons faces growing human trafficking probe

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An international investigation has picked up speed into whether a controversial Rutherford County church operated a human trafficking pipeline with its South American congregations, U.S. Attorney Jill Rose says.

Word of Faith Fellowship in Spindale has been the target of government probes in the past over whether it has ...Read more

Light Notes: Abandoned dog seems heaven-sent

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Behind her, she could sense fear, feel the heat of the canine edging closer. Then in a heartbeat came a touch as gentle as an angel's kiss. In that sweet moment, their unpredictable journey had begun.

"I'm not a dog person, scared to death of them other than my own," Kim Jasper said of the stray. "When I was a little girl, I was bitten."

But ...Read more

Spiritual Life: Train a child in the right direction

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Driving on Interstate 84 near the town of Grandview, Wash., you can see acres and acres of tall poles strung with lines. These are fields of hops, used in the production of beer.

In early spring, there appear mats of green on the ground. In mid-spring, farmworkers train the young hop vines to grow upward along the guidelines. In just a few ...Read more

Light Notes: Bronc rider trades in spurs for God's arena

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He was a rough-and-tumble bronc rider -- a tall, lanky guy who followed the rodeo. With a swagger to complement his Wranglers and spurs, there wasn't a man around who enjoyed the thrill more.

"I was a cowboy," Micah Smith said as he reminisced about his rowdy youth in West Richland and south of Kennewick, Wash. "That's a domestic way of saying ...Read more

Finding a life partner is hard enough. For those of the Druze faith, their future depends on it

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BEIRUT -- Reem Kaedbey was never very religious. She's not even sure there is a God.

But when it came to marriage, she never had any doubt she would choose within her family's sect, a tiny offshoot of Shiite Islam known as the Druze faith.

"It's a requirement for my parents," said 28-year-old Kaedbey, who lives near Beirut and works for the ...Read more

Camp revival: Methodist-built community, cottages keep the faith

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PITTSBURGH -- The Methodists had the uncanny ability to pitch their summer revival camp tents on what would someday become prized real estate. Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, Ocean City, N.J., and the Chautauqua Institution in western New York are just a few locations the Methodists chose.

The Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Association, a ...Read more

Football coach's on-field prayer not protected by Constitution, appeals court rules

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A Christian football coach suspended for kneeling and praying on the 50-yard line after high school games lost a bid Wednesday to be reinstated and allowed to worship in front of students.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Bremerton, Wash., High School football coach Joseph A. Kennedy was ...Read more

Why Rev. William Barber picked Charlotte, N.C., to launch his campaign to save America's soul

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- As the architect of "Moral Mondays," the interfaith movement in North Carolina that has become a national model for modern-day civil rights protests, the Rev. William Barber has been compared to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now Barber is stepping down as president of the state NAACP to devote his time -- and his ...Read more

Robert E. Lee's descendant is an NC pastor. He says 'Supremacy was never God's plan.'

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Every time the Rev. Robert Wright Lee IV hands his credit card to a department store cashier, he braces for the question: Are you related to Gen. Robert E. Lee?

In the past, he has hesitated to answer, though the answer is yes. Lee is his great-great-great-great uncle.

"At the checkout counter, you don't always want to get into a conversation ...Read more

Some Christians see God's plan for white supremacy in Confederate statues

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Those who bothered to glance at the Confederate memorial that stood until last Monday outside the old county courthouse in Durham may have seen its boy who wore the gray as a quaint relic of an Old South. To white supremacists, the monument and hundreds like it represent something more enduring than bronze or granite.

Believers...Read more

Hillary Clinton wants to be a lay preacher. Here's what her spiritual adviser says.

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hillary Clinton wants to be a preacher, and a Duke Divinity School alum who served as her spiritual adviser during the 2016 presidential campaign says Clinton would be powerful in the pulpit.

"I think she would be a terrific preacher," said the Rev. Bill Shillady, who has been a friend and a pastor to the Clinton family for 15 ...Read more

Mom enjoys having 2 sons as local pastors

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -- It was no surprise to Mary Jo Snead when her son, Carlos, became a pastor.

"When he was just a boy, I could hear him preaching in the bathroom," she said. "I had to tell him to hush."

The decision by her eldest son, Ernest, was a bit more of a surprise. It took him a bit longer to get the calling.

Each Sunday morning, the ...Read more

Spiritual Life: New life in Jesus comes if we call his name

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Have you ever been stumped?

Americans use this colorful idiom when we face a perplexing problem or become confounded by some intellectual puzzle. "Stumps" have come to mean much more than a physical obstacle to forward motion. When you are stumped, forward progress halts until you find a way to remove the stump or go around it.

Farmers know ...Read more

Light Notes: Hummingbird amazes grieving daughter with heaven-sent cheer

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There was the hum of tiny wings, a flash of green that caught her eye -- and in a blink a daughter's grief took flight.

Diana Seuell of Pasco, Wash., remembers the exact moment she spied the hummingbird hovering directly in front of her. The warm May morning was almost a year to the day since she had lost her beloved mother -- a sudden death ...Read more

Light Notes: A huge answer to a small prayer

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It had been a prayer in passing, not one a person would expect an answer. Just a thought that gets sent heavenward while your mind is focused on the moment at hand.

But when a quiet knock sounded on my front door, little did I know how it would resonate in my heart.

The year was 1978, mid- or-late August. Time seems to blur as weeks pile atop ...Read more