Faith and Religion

Upward Sports Plans 60-Acre Sports Complex in South Carolina

Posted: 3:00 pm on June 18, 2013

Upward Sports, the world's largest Christian sports league for youth athletics, has announced plans to develop a world-class 60-acre sports complex next to their corporate headquarters in Spartanburg, S.C., located on Highway 29 off of Interstate I-85.

The complex will feature a 120,000 . . .

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tags: South Carolina, sports, Star Center, Upward Sports

Gallup: Mississippi Remains ‘Most Religious’ State

Posted: 10:59 am on February 14, 2013

Mississippi remains America's most religious state, according to the results of Gallup research released Wednesday.

Eight of the 10 most religious states were in the South. The second-most religious state-Utah-has a vast Mormon population.

Overall, 40% of Americans nationwide were classified . . .

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tags: Mississippi, Mormon, religion, research, survey, Gallup, demographics

Acting Out Acts

Posted: 11:48 am on January 28, 2013

(WNS)--Imaginary waves toss three men from one side of the church stage to the other. The audience in the pews hear the wind blowing and water crashing as the men—depicting the Apostle Paul; Julius, his prison guard; and the captain of the ship—grip the wall, yelling and praying they’ll make it . . .

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tags: Acts, Bryce Lenon, Paul, theater, Vinicius Machado

Study: Divorce Stunts Spiritual Growth

Posted: 12:00 pm on January 27, 2013

(WNS)--A recent study concludes children whose parents divorce when they are young are less likely to be religious later in life.

According to the study, two-thirds of young adults who grew up in a home with married parents are more religious than young adults who grew up in families with . . .

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tags: divorce, family, spiritual growth, WinShape for Communities Camp

Kaepernicking Replaces Tebowing

Posted: 11:56 am on January 27, 2013

(WNS)--The Associated Press declares that NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who leads the San Francisco 49ers in next Sunday's Super Bowl, “is quickly becoming a household name, and his touchdown celebration—flexing his right arm and kissing his biceps—is trending all over social media. Tebowing? . . .

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tags: Colin, football, Kaepernick, Tim Tebow

Study: Religion Strains Neighborly Love

Posted: 11:51 am on January 27, 2013

(WNS)--A recent story in U.K. newspaper The Telegraph claims a new study proves religion does not make people love their neighbors more. But a closer look at the study raises questions about its conclusion.

The study, done by economists at Nottingham University Business School, took Malaysians . . .

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tags: religion, serving

Chris Tomlin’s New Album Tops Pop Chart

Posted: 11:46 am on January 27, 2013

(WNS)--Christian singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin’s latest album hit number one on the Billboard 200 charts earlier this month, only the fourth time a Christian CD has ever reached that milestone.

Tomlin’s Burning Lights sold 72,000 copies during its first week, which is small compared to the . . .

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tags: Chris Tomlin, Christian music

Knoxville Is Nation’s Most Bible-Minded City

Posted: 9:22 pm on January 23, 2013

A new study by the American Bible Society ranks Knoxville, Tennessee as the most Bible-minded city in the U.S.

The rankings, released Tuesday, analyze 96 geographic markets in the U.S. Following Knoxville as the most Bible-minded city were Shreveport, Louisiana; Chattanooga, Tennessee; . . .

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tags: American Bible Society, Barna Group, Bible, Bible study, surveys

Survey: Worldwide Christian Persecution on the Rise

Posted: 8:52 am on January 12, 2013

(WNS)--For the 11th straight year, Christians in North Korea suffered the most persecution in the world, according to 2012 rankings released Jan. 8 by Open Doors International, a U.S.-based group that keeps track of worldwide persecution of believers.

Its annual World Watch List revealed . . .

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tags: Christian persecution, North Korea, Open Doors International, persecution

New Indiana Governor Mike Pence Carries Faith Into Office

Posted: 8:48 am on January 12, 2013

(WNS)--The Christian conservative movement may be dwindling in other parts of the country, but in Indiana politics it has matured into a dominant influence in state government. The handoff from Gov. Mitch Daniels to his successor, former U.S. Rep. Mike Pence, on Jan. 7 illustrates the . . .

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tags: Indiana, Mike Pence, Mitch Daniels, politics

More Than 40 Pro-Life Measures Enacted in 2012

Posted: 8:41 am on January 12, 2013

(WNS)--As the United States approaches Roe v. Wade’s 40th anniversary, pro-life advocates have gained ground in restricting the number of abortions taking place every year. In 2012, 43 pro-life provisions went into effect in 19 states, the second highest number after states enacted 92 pro-life . . .

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tags: abortion, law, legislation, pro-life

Notable People Who Died in 2012

Posted: 3:30 pm on December 26, 2012

Neil Armstrong
82, Aug. 25 | Apollo astronaut whose “giant leap for mankind” made him the first human to set foot on the moon.

Stuart Barton Babbage
96, Nov. 16 | British and Australian educator who, in a 10-year sojourn in America that began in 1963, served first as president of Conwell . . .

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tags: deaths

2012: The Year in Review

Posted: 5:00 am on December 26, 2012

(WNS)--Doomsdayers who followed the Mayan calendar said the world would end with a bang on Dec. 21.  Some economists say the economy would crash with a bang if we go over the fiscal cliff.  Lots of conservatives have said that America would end as we know it if Barack Obama got re-elected . . .

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tags: year in review

Christmas Card Crisis

Posted: 2:20 pm on December 22, 2012

(WNS)--Standing in the drug store card aisle, reading Christmas cards “To Husbands,” I realized that Christmas is another one of those milestone report card times in one’s life. It’s when one is annually confronted with the state of one’s marriage in no uncertain terms. Here are the first four . . .

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tags: Christmas cards, love, marriage

Indiana Lawmaker Pushes for Academic Freedom in Evolution/Creation Debate

Posted: 2:10 pm on December 22, 2012

(WNS)--Indiana state Sen. Dennis Kruse doesn’t worry much about what’s politically correct. He saw the easy-divorce problem hurting children and families and recommended a controversial covenant marriage option to the Indiana General Assembly. The idea provoked some healthy debate over whether . . .

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tags: creationism, education, evolution, Indiana

Video Tribute to the Families and Victims of the Newtown School Shooting

Posted: 9:19 am on December 16, 2012

Everyday Christian joins our nation in praying for the victims and families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

A Prayer Tribute to the Victims of The Newtown School Shooting from sharethemessage on GodTube.

tags: Connecticut, Newton, prayer, Sandy Hook, school shooting

Atheists Bring Anti-Christian Message to Times Square

Posted: 8:30 am on December 16, 2012

(WNS)--The group American Atheists has put up a billboard in Times Square with an anti-Christian message. 

The billboards feature a picture of Santa Claus and the caption, “Keep The Merry!”  Below Santa is a picture of Jesus with the caption, "Dump the Myth!"   

American Atheists’ David . . .

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tags: advertising, American Atheists, atheists, Christmas

Nation’s Largest, Longest-Running Christian Music Festival Shutting Down

Posted: 8:47 pm on December 10, 2012

After 42 years of ministry, the nation's largest and longest-running Christian music festival is shutting down.

Ichthus Ministries, which had operated the Ichthus Music Festival each summer in Wilmore, Kentucky, announced last week that is ceasing operations due to financial difficulties, a . . .

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tags: Christian music festival, Ichthus Ministries, Woodstock

Texas Potter Is Living Testimony of God’s Work With Clay

Posted: 8:40 pm on December 10, 2012

(WNS)--Rachel Norris works with clay. Her potter’s house sits on Texas acreage that has been in her family for generations. The shards of failure lie on the ground off the back porch. Her story of redemption works itself out on the wheel. 

Born to missionary parents in Hong Kong, Norris first . . .

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tags: Joy Pottery, Rachel Norris, testimony

British Boy Scouts Distance Themselves From God

Posted: 8:22 pm on December 10, 2012


(WNS)--Prospective Boy Scouts in Britain could soon be allowed to join the organization without pledging to uphold their “duty to God.”


A group of atheists, joined by TV adventurer and self-proclaimed Christian Bear Grylls, has asked the Scouts of Britain to consider providing an . . .

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tags: atheism, Boys Scouts

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