TheBlaze on Faith

By TheBlaze | Weekly resource for faith-themed news. Curated by faith editor Billy Hallowell.

Advocacy Group Skewers 5 Companies That It Claims Exclude Christian Consumers With Tough Public Challenge: ‘Walk Your Talk or Stop Talking’

An advocacy group that works to ”achieve marketplace and workplace equality” for faith-driven consumers is offering a public challenge to five companies that are known for touting diversity, but that purportedly don’t extend that same treatment to the Christian community.<p>Faith Driven Consumer …

Conservative News

Filmmaker Is Hoping His New Thriller Does Far More Than Simply Entertain: We Want to ‘Start a Conversation’

When filmmaker Nicholas DiBella set out to pen the script for his most recent film titled, “Wildflower,” he said that he ended up with a decent recipe for an entertaining feature — but that there was one key ingredient that seemed to be missing.<p>That’s when DiBella employed the knowledge and …

Conservative News

Prominent Ex-Muslim Was Asked if Islam Is a Peaceful Religion. Here’s His Response.

Well-known author and Christian speaker Nabeel Qureshi has widely discussed his conversion from Islam to Christianity, and his realization, as he says, that “Islam really is violent at its core.”<p>Qureshi, author of the new book ”Answering Jihad,” recently told TheBlaze that “radicalization is on the …

Religion

‘God’s Not Dead 2′ Star Melissa Joan Hart Reveals the Three Words She Refuses to Say on TV

Melissa Joan Hart has enjoyed a long and successful career in Hollywood, starring on hit TV shows like “Clarissa Explains It All,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Melissa & Joey” — and her new project, faith-based feature film “God’s Not Dead 2,” is also generating quite a bit of buzz.<p>Actress …

TV

Scientist and Hollywood Producer Reveals Personal Revelation About the Big Bang and Creation After Working on Morgan Freeman’s ‘Story of God’

Lori McCreary, executive producer of the new National Geographic Channel series “The Story of God With Morgan Freeman,” recently told TheBlaze about a key theological debate that “settled” for her after completing the faith-focused TV project.<p>McCreary, who joined James Younger and Morgan Freeman in …

Religion

Pastor Says Churches Have ‘Done a Disastrous Job Dealing With Homosexuality.’ Here’s His Take on Exactly What the Bible Says About Gay Relationships.

Pastor Landon Schott is stepping into the ever-contentious battle over what the Bible has to say about homosexuality, releasing a new book that he’s hoping will motivate Christians to both discuss the complex issue — and take action.<p>Pastor Landon Schott is out with a new book about homosexuality …

Homosexuality

God Is Performing ‘Supernatural Interventions’ to Protect Embattled Christians Across the Globe, Christian Leader Says. Here Are Just Some of the ‘Miraculous’ Stories.

The head of an organization that works to combat Christian persecution across the globe recently shared some stories with TheBlaze that he believes show God’s “miraculous intervention” in difficult and life-threatening situations across the globe.<p>“We’re hearing supernatural interventions going on …

Religion

We Asked Actor Morgan Freeman ‘What Is ‘God’ to You?’ Listen to His Curious Response — and Hear What Shocked Him Most About His New TV Series on the Almighty

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has portrayed God on the big screen, but his latest TV project dives much deeper into the concept of the Almighty, taking viewers on an exploration of the most pressing issues surrounding heaven, hell and eschatology, among other related subjects.<p>Freeman told …

Morgan Freeman

Ex-Social Worker for 6-Year-Old Girl Who Was Seized From Her Longtime Foster Home Because She Is One-and-a-Half Percent Native American Reveals Her ‘Biggest Shock’

The former social worker for a 6-year-old girl who is one-and-a-half percent Choctaw Native American and was recently removed from her longtime foster home due to a 1978 federal law mandating that “Indian children” be raised by Native Americans, is speaking out.<p>Lauren Axline, who said that she …

Conservative News

X-Files Star’s Emotional Reaction to Movie About Child Sex Slaves: ‘This Film Will End [Human] Trafficking’

Actress Gillian Anderson of X-Files fame spoke at the United Nations headquarters this week to shine some light on the growing global crisis of human trafficking, specifically the selling of young girls as sex slaves.<p>Image source: Soldthemovie.com<p>Anderson stars in “Sold,” a movie highlighting the …

Gillian Anderson

Famed Megachurch Pastor: Christians Would Be ‘Hard Pressed to Keep a Page of Their Bible’ Where This Key Lesson From God Isn’t Evident

Megachurch pastor Steven Furtick is on a mission to let people know that who they think they are is nowhere near as important as “who God says” they are, pointing back to the Bible to show how God has many times used flawed people in profound and transformative ways.<p>When asked how God has proven …

Bible

‘The Bible Calls for Killing Nonbelievers’: Atheists Ask Major Hotel Chains to Ax Bibles From Guest Rooms — Here’s Their Fiery Argument

A national atheist activist group is doubling down on its quest to remove complimentary copies of the Bible from hotel rooms across America, calling on the hospitality industry to “be more hospitable to non-Christian and nonreligious clientele by offering ‘bible-free’ rooms.”<p>Photo credit: …

Bible

Parents’ Biggest Concerns About Movie Content Revealed — and You Might Be Surprised Where ‘Graphic Violence’ Falls on the List

A new survey about kids and movie content found that parents are more concerned about sex and nudity than they are language and violence.<p>The Classification & Rating Administration, which provides the movie-rating system that is jointly run by the Motion Picture Association of America and the …

Conservative News

This Has the Vast Majority of Evangelicals Convinced That the Biblical ‘End Times Are Nearer’

A new survey found that the vast majority of evangelical Christians believe that violence across the Middle East “is a sign that the end times are nearer,” according to a new survey from the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.<p>The study, titled, “American Attitudes Toward the Middle East and …

Christianity

Small Town Moved Nativity Last Year to Avoid Atheists’ Threats. But Officials’ Bold Move One Year Later Has Reignited the Christmas Battle.

A small town in North Carolina isn’t backing down from an ongoing battle with atheists over a nativity scene that is traditionally placed outside of a local courthouse, with the scene once again sparking controversy after officials unveiled a new — and even larger — display.<p>After government leaders …

Christmas

End Times Expert Breaks Down Revelation — and Reveals Why He’s Convinced There Will Be a ‘Rapture’

Author Jeff Kinley is hoping to inspire Christians to dig a little deeper into Bible prophecy in an effort to understand exactly what the scriptures say about the end times, warning believers that the “storm clouds are gathering.”<p>Kinley, author of the new book “Wake the Bride,” is cautious not to …

Christianity

What’s Happening Involving Israel Has Some Saying That We’re ‘Literally Watching Bible Prophecy Unfold’ Before Our Eyes

Many theologians and Bible experts believe that the 1948 creation of the modern state of Israel was a fulfillment of prophecy — and it is the continued return of Jews to the land of their ancestors nearly 70 years later that many point to in advancing this eschatological view.<p>CBN News reporter …

Israel

He Was Studying to Become a Doctor. But Here’s What This Grammy-Winning Singer Says God Did to Change All That.

Chris Tomlin has won a Grammy, three Billboard Music Awards and 21 Dove Awards, but the highly accomplished Christian singer told <i>The Church Boys</i> podcast that he originally never intended to become a popular Christian musician and, instead, was once studying to be a doctor.<p>“It wasn’t something I was …

Religion

Atheists Demanded That Public School Ax Live Nativity Scene From Its Christmas Show. Here’s How a Federal Judge Just Responded.

A federal judge has banned a public high school from including a live nativity in this year’s Christmas show, granting a preliminary injunction against the scene and agreeing with secular activist groups that it “conveys a message of endorsement of religion.”<p>This grants a victory to the American …

Christmas

Anonymous Couple Shocked Everyone by Dropping a $500,000 Check in a Salvation Army Kettle. But the Surprises Didn’t End There.

Phones have been ringing off the hook at the Twin Cities Salvation Army after an anonymous couple dropped a $500,000 check in a kettle outside of a local supermarket in Rosemount, Minnesota — the biggest check that the local branch of the organization has ever received.<p>And many Salvation Army …

Salvation Army

‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Sadie Robertson Unveils New Tattoo — and the Inspiring Message Behind It

“Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson recently unveiled a new tattoo on her arm that consists of a single word: “FEARLESS.”<p>Taking to her Instagram page last week, the 18-year-old reality TV star admitted that she understands that “tattoos are not for everyone,” but proceeded to offer up an …

Body Modification

Obama Accused of Forgetting Something Major While Discussing the ‘True Meaning of Christmas’ During Charlie Brown Special

President Barack Obama is being accused of ignoring the true meaning of Christmas during a brief appearance on Monday night’s ”It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown,” an ABC special commemorating the popular holiday classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”<p>Both Barack and Michelle Obama briefly spoke …

Christmas

Lawyers Claim Major, Precedent-Setting Victory After Atheists Lose Battle to Remove Towering Military Memorial Cross

A conservative legal firm is claiming a precedent-setting victory after a federal appeals court ruled that a cross-shaped World War I memorial is constitutional and can remain in its current location.<p>Atheists sued last year to seek removal of the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial from …

Military

Mysterious Signs Appear — and They Have a Pointed Message About Saying ‘Merry Christmas’

A confounding Christmas mystery has returned to Redmond, Washington, with residents and local leaders once again surprised to find signs popping up around town that read, “It’s OK To Say Merry Christmas.”<p>It’s at least the fourth year that the green signs — which also include text from Romans 1:16, …

Christmas

These Big Names in Christian Music Were Just Nominated for Grammy Awards

The nominees for the 58th annual Grammy Awards were unveiled on Monday, with five categories rounding out the “Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music” genre — categories that are many times glossed over during the main show.<p>After all, the Grammys aren’t known for being even remotely faith-based in …

Awards

See Marco Rubio Deliver ‘Stirring Explanation of the Gospel’ After Pastor Asks Him This Simple Question

Marco Rubio delivered what CBN News’ David Brody called “a stirring and moving explanation of the gospel” during a closed-door meeting with dozens of pastors last week in Iowa, with the candidate revealing, in detail, how he explains his Christian faith to nonbelievers.<p>“As far my relationship with …

Republican Party

Chaos Outside Harlem Church as Fiery, Anti-Gay Pastor Clashes With Protestors: ‘You Sodomites and Freaks Have Soiled Harlem’

Pastor James David Manning — the fiery, anti-gay faith leader at Atlah Worldwide Church — is locked in an ongoing battle with New York City officials over a sign that the Landmarks Preservation Commission said was installed without proper permits.<p>Pastor Manning clashes with protestors (YouTube)<p>It’s …

Conservative News

Woman Reportedly Dies After Playing the Ouija Board and Undergoing an Exorcism

A 22-year-old woman has reportedly died from cardio respiratory arrest after her family took her to a church to undergo an exorcism.<p>The claims surrounding the death of the woman — identified as Jaqueline Sanchez from Belize, Central America — are most certainly wild, with one local media report …

Paranormal

What Happened After a Priest Put This Communion Wafer In a Glass of Water Is Being Called a Miracle — and Now the Salt Lake City Diocese is Investigating

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City is investigating claims that a communion wafer “bled” for three days after it was placed in a glass of water following a Mass last week, with the diocese releasing a statement confirming that faith leaders are investigating the purported miracle.<p>“Recently, …

Salt Lake City