While Beliefnet is the world’s largest spirituality website, there are other sites out there we also can’t get enough of.
The topic of religion is massive – there is a huge variety of faiths, beliefs, and ideals that are in constant debate, growth and change. With a simple search on Google, we can find out everything we want to know about different religions. We can find out anything from the latest news to what our favorite religious leader is speaking about.
If you are looking for more faith-based content from reliable and captivating websites, check out our favorites.
Patheos is one of the largest religion websites in the world and for good reason. Patheos hosts more than 450 blogs on 11 faith channels that offer commentary and news on a wide range of religious topics. This includes politics, culture, history, lifestyle, family life, business and entertainment. Everything from Buddhism to Paganism is covered, so there is no lack of diverse content to keep you busy. Contributors are well respected in the faith community and include professors, religious leaders and activists.
OnFaith’s multi-faith website is for sharing and commenting on faith-based content such as scripture, sermons and religious music. The community is made up of everyone from clergy members to the average church-goer and OnFaith encourages discussion among members. The founders describe the site as a kind of “Wikipedia for faith” and they cover just about anything you can think of, including Buddhism’s Four Nobel Truths, Conservative Judaism, and the Hijab. An advisory board with members spanning religions helps ensure that religious content is accurate.
Psychology Today is a well respect website devoted to everyone’s favorite subject: ourselves. Psychology Today has a division on their site dedicated just to religion and how we best understand it. They explore topics such as faith in our everyday lives, why we believe, how we make sense of the world, and how it binds us together in society. Psychology Today doesn’t stray away from controversial topics and covers many religions and faiths. Contributors to the site are many well respected doctors in the community.
CNN Belief covers the faith angels of the world’s biggest and most hard hitting stories, from breaking news to politics to entertainment. CNN Belief is unique in that they not only cover trending stories but also provide more in-depth discovery journalist pieces that dig deep into religious topics. CNN Belief covers religions from around the world and is the go-to for quality and reliable up-to-date news.
iBelieve is one of our favorite websites to help women. The goal of iBelieve is to help women tackle the deeper issues of how their faith relates to the world around them. They place an emphasis on personal experiences through the lens of the Christian faith. You can read daily devotions for women, blogs by notable Christian female bloggers, articles on faith, relationships, health and beauty, food and home, and motherhood all on one site.
World Religion News is exactly what it sounds like – a website that focuses on religion from around the world and provides the latest news on each. The site covers faiths from Agnosticism to Wicca and everything in between. They focus on providing the truth while still engaging and entertaining the readers. World Religion News focuses only on the topic of religion, making it a perfect site for accurate and timely information.
Religious Tolerance has been on the internet for over 22 years, making it older than Google and Amazon. However the site is one of the best places to find scholarly articles, opinion pieces, and information on various faiths. The site focuses on trying to explain accurately the full diversity of religious beliefs, systems of morality, ethics and values. It covers the most basic principles of faith to the high profile topics in the news. It’s a great comprehensive site that has something for everyone.
Director Judd Brannon was inspired by Alex and Stephen Kendrick, the makers of “Fire Proof” and “War Room.” He started thinking about what he could do in his own community to encourage people through film in Woodstock, Georgia. There was a race track nearby and Brannon started praying about creating a film based on the sport. He started to meet people and talk with the owners and the film “Champion” was birthed. This is something he never saw done in a film. He thought “wouldn’t it be neat to do a film about racing.” Over the next couple of years, the script started coming together.
Brannon wanted to be sensitive to what God wanted to communicate to the film team.
“For us, it was forgiveness, which is the overarching message in the film,” he said. “I know that working in a church and even in my own family’s life there is unforgiveness. If we can get people to understand that and what Christ had done for them, they’re going to draw closer to Christ. We really went after the message of forgiveness.”
The movie is about dirt track racer Sean Weathers (Andrew Cheney) was at the top of his game with an unstoppable career. When a rivalry with another racer turns personal, the ego that propelled him to success causes a tragedy, sending his life into a tailspin. Jack Reed (Gary Graham) had prospered as a businessman but failed as a family man. In a sudden turn of events, his chances for reconciliation are ripped from his grasp. Sean and Jack’s lives collide.
When people started screening the film, Brannon realized that there was a fatherhood message and a foster kid component to be experienced as well within the plot.
“Me and my wife are foster parents, so we were walking through the process of foster care as part of our church, while we were making this film,” said Brannon. “Why can’t the church be involved and not the state [regarding foster care]. I thought that also could be part of the story.”
Weaving the Gospel into the storyline without it being over the top is something that was vital. “It is weaved in there as part of the character’s lives,” Brannon added. “And then there is that wow moment in the film of two guys working out their problems together in that Gospel message. It feels like you are watching real life and it feels very authentic.”
The art of film can shape a person. For Brannon, he wants to see barriers come down in people’s lives after they see the movie. After viewing a screener, a woman said that after viewing the movie, it helped her turn a corner in forgiving her own father after being separated for many years. The movie prompted her to take that step, maybe it can for you as well.
“Champion” will be in theaters on May 19th.
Tim Allen became famous for his hilarious jokes and handyman hobbies, but there is a side to him that many haven’t seen. Allen doesn’t claim to be the perfect Christian; instead he is open about the fact that many of his life’s deepest struggles are what caused him to turn to Christ.
Allen didn’t always have it easy. At only eleven, Allen’s father passed away when he was hit by a drunk driver. After that, Allen began to question if he would have prayed harder or if he had been with his father that day, if he could have prevented his death.
“I knew my father was dead, but I was never satisfied with why he was dead. I wanted answers that minute from God. ‘Do you think this is funny? Do you think this is necessary?’ And I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with my creator ever since.” Allen said in a 2012 interview.
Like many other celebrities, Allen struggled with addiction and alcoholism. He felt he had nowhere else to turn and found comfort in drug and alcohol abuse.
Allen’s life took a very dramatic turn on October 2nd, 1978 when he was arrested for possession of over 650 grams of cocaine. He pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges. He was released after serving over two years in federal prison.
After he left prison, he turned to his comedy which he says saved his life. He began his hit sitcom Home Improvement and starred in the Disney movies The Santa Clause trilogy, Wild Hogs, and Toy Story trilogy.
Through all of this, he still hadn’t finished dealing with his dark demons.
“For years, I just did not like this idea of God, church,” he said. “(I was) still a churchgoer, but constantly a cynic.”
He continued to have a tricky relationship with God, but wanted to create a relationship with his creator.
“Whoever built me, this is too much, too weird that it happened by accident,” Allen said. “It didn’t happen by accident.”
Today, he calls God, “The Builder.”
“I always do ask… The Builder, what did you want me to do?” Allen said. “And I do ask it. But you got to be prepared for the answer.”
Through tough work and a lot of faith, Allen did dedicate his life to Christ. Now, it’s simply incredible to see all that God has done through Tim Allen.
In a recent episode from Allen’s sitcom Last Man Standing, Allen found a way to incorporate Jesus Christ into the script. Despite getting constant flack for talking about his faith, the scene shows that Allen refuses to back down.
With over a decade of sobriety under his belt, Allen is free to enjoy his family and daughters. Allen’s life boasts of God’s redeeming grace and goodness, and proves that no man is ‘too far gone.’ Even when he pushed God away, Allen was able to find Him again.
His own experiences — from his father’s death to a two-year jail stint on a drug conviction to his sitcom stardom — help inform his faith.
Congregations around America are becoming increasingly polarized. Since the 2016 presidential election, 73% of Americans have said they feel the country is more divided than previous generations. Contributing to that feeling of division are one’s political views and one’s faith informed by one’s race, gender, age, place of origin and economic status.
Since President Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists who wrote expressing concern over the lack of explicit protection of religious liberty and against a government establishment of religion, the term “wall of separation” between church and state was introduced to ease such concerns. New York Times best-selling author and global spiritual leader Bishop T.D. Jakes will lead this highly-anticipated conversation on this discordant issue and its effects more than two centuries later.
Bishop T.D. Jakes has brought together some of the nation’s most influential figureheads to sit on one stage to discuss these issues to an audience of prominent faith and community leaders. On Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. CT, “Global Think Tank: The Polemics of Politics & the Pulpit: Rightly Dividing Between Church and State” will be held at the 2017 International Pastors & Leadership Conference in Dallas.
The panel will begin a conversation exploring the role of the church within the political arena. Guests include April Ryan (White House Correspondent), Paula White (Donald Trump Spiritual Adviser and Chair of the Presidential Evangelical Advisory Board), Joshua DuBois (Former White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Director under President Barack Obama), Father Michael Pfleger (Senior Pastor, The Faith Community of Saint Sabina and highly recognized for work on equality and injustice), and Bishop Harry Jackson (Senior Pastor of Hope Christian Church and serves on Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board.)