• When Hollywood puts God on screen

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: 11 hr ago

    What do user-friendly portrayals of God in movies — whether a burning bush, an 11-year-old or the approachable-but-serious Morgan Freeman — say about the society in which they're created?

  • Arkansas governor urges changes to religious objection bill

    By ANDREW DEMILLO | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling for changes to a religious objection measure facing a backlash from businesses and gay rights groups, saying it wasn’t intended to allow discrimination based on sexual orientation. The Republican governor on Wednesday said he wants changes to a bill lawmakers sent him prohibiting state and local government from infringing upon someone’s religious beliefs without a compelling interest. Hutchinson said he wants the Legislature to either recall the bill or pass a follow-up measure to make the proposal more closely mirror a 1993 federal religious freedom law.

  • A blindfold and hugs from strangers. It's about trust. Would you or wouldn't you?

    Wendy Jessen, FamilyShare | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    When this girl stands on a beach waiting for hugs, these people respond in the best way. Would you be this brave? Do you trust this much?

  • Popular Bible boot camp coming back for summer

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Enrollment is open for Operation Truth Boot Camp, a Bible and military theme summer program, set for June 8-19 at Greater Cleaves Memorial CME Church, 1609 NE 48.

  • Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

    Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he wants legislation clarifying that a new religious-freedom does not allow discrimination on his desk by the end of the week. Pence said Tuesday he has been meeting with lawmakers “around the clock” to address concerns that the law will allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians. The law signed by Pence last week prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of “person” includes religious institutions, businesses and associations. Pence says the law has been “grossly mischaracterized” and has put Indiana under a harsh glare.

  • The greatest thing you'll ever learn

    Joe Walker, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    I’m not trying to say that Mike’s foot was suddenly physically healed by a loving and well-intentioned kiss from his 3-year-old son. But there’s no denying that that pure, authentic act of love made Mike feel better.

  • Understand the significant days of the Easter season

    Elizabeth Reid, FamilyShare | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Understanding what happened on three important days before that first Easter morning can help put meaning into what Easter is really all about: Palm Sunday, the Passover, and Good Friday

  • Christian ministry leaders to present forums in metro

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Christian apologists Michael Ramsden and Stuart McAllister will present several open forums and question-and-answer sessions discussing religious intolerance, business integrity and ethics, and meaning and hope Tuesday and Wednesday in the Oklahoma City metro.

  • Oklahoma news briefs

    Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Oklahoma news briefs for March 31

  • Girls club in Edmond, Oklahoma, does project for Lent

    By Mary Smail, For The Oklahoman | Published: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Edmond Challenge is affiliated with St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

  • The morality of playing God with your baby's DNA

    Kelsey Dallas, NewsOK (syndication) | Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The first commandment instructs believers to put no god before God, a teaching that holds lessons for contemporary debates over reproductive genetic technologies.

  • The Most Shocking Allegations In Scientology Doc 'Going Clear'

    Published: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    The Church of Scientology has long been a controversial institution among both the religious community and entertainment business, says the Huffington Post. But the latest documentary from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," explores the secrets of the organization through interviews with former high-ranking officials and former members in a way never seen before.

  • A place where Jesus actually stood

    Jerry Johnston, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Scholars debate the true holiness of just about every holy site in Israel. Yet there is one place where scholars, scientists and spiritual leaders all agree is a place where Jesus certainly stood — and the site is not even in Jerusalem.

  • State bills to protect religious freedom advance, alarming some

    Mark A. Kellner, Deseret News | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Measures in Indiana and Georgia that would protect religious conscience are gaining ground, a move that alarms critics, who claim the bills would legalize discrimination against homosexuals.

  • This 10-year-old plays the trumpet. And he was born without arms

    Wendy Jessen, FamilyShare | Updated: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    It seems impossible to play a trumpet, or any other musical instrument for that matter, without arms. But, Jahmir is doing just that.

  • 'All about the kids': Whiz Kids Oklahoma turns 20

    By Brandy McDonnell, Features Writer | Published: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Whiz Kids Oklahoma is nonprofit, faith-based tutoring and mentoring program for at-risk elementary schoolchildren.

  • Roma Downey, Mark Burnett prepare to share story of birth of early Church

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Actress Roma Downey and producer Mark Burnett visited Oklahoma City recently to talk about their new television series “A.D. The Bible Continues,” which airs on Easter Sunday on NBC.

  • Oklahoma City church plans glowing egg hunt

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Egg hunts and other Easter activities are planned at Oklahoma City-area churches.

  • Oklahoma religion briefs for March 28

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Religion briefs for March 28

  • Downtown church to celebrate Edmond satellite's anniversary with building project

    By Carla Hinton, Religion Editor | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, one of the more prominent Oklahoma City churches located downtown, is preparing for a $10 million building project for a permanent site for its Edmond satellite.