America’s evangelicals are now more into Trump than Jesus

Since former President Donald Trump got elected, an increasing number of white Americans have declared themselves evangelical. However, one academic believes this is more of a political movement than a theological awakening. According to a report from Pew Research Center, the number of self-identified evangelical Christians increased between 2016 and...
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Netflix Nabs Bernie Madoff Docuseries From Joe Berlinger

Netflix is further expanding its true-crime portfolio. The streamer has ordered a docuseries about notorious Wall Street con artist Bernie Madoff. RadicalMedia and Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich) are behind the show, which promises to bring new light to the already exhaustively covered Madoff case, a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that fooled investors for years before it fell apart in 2008. Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison in 2009; he died in April. The untitled series promises “unique access to victims, whistleblowers, investigators, and archives” related to Madoff and will tell a cautionary tale about big money, insatiable...
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How do Latter-day Saints feel about their neighbors? New US survey answers

Latter-day Saints in the US stand out based on how they view and connect with their communities, according to a report published by the Survey Center on American Life. The report states that 72 percent of Latter-day Saints feel at least somewhat connected to their community, which is an exceptional number when compared to other religious groups. “Religious identity and involvement are strongly associated with community attachment. No religious group feels more connected to their neighbors than do Mormons,” the report explains.

Best Of VA Missed Connections October 20 – October 26

Hey, welcome to another week of Missed Connections, where the looming shadow of Halloween envelops our entire week. If you’re still trying to figure out what sort of costume you’re gonna wear this year, you might need a momentary escape from these sartorial anxieties. Rest assured, that’s exactly what we’ve got for you in this week’s installment of Missed Connections.

Is the Church Breaking Apart?

There is an Atlantic article you need to go read: The Evangelical Church Is Breaking Apart. The text on my browser tab reads “Trump Is Tearing Apart the Evangelical Church,” which may be an earlier and more descriptive title for the piece. Evangelicals and Mormons are close cousins in many ways. In particular, they share an affinity for conservative politics, and lately both have given unwavering support, even devotion, to Donald Trump and his amoral approach to politics and everything else. So what Mormons ought to get from a reading of this article is *not* glee that a religious competitor is having a hard time hanging together as a faith community or even staying Christian in the face of Covid and Trump. No, what Mormons ought to get from reading the article is deep concern that the LDS Church and the large majority of its members are in the same boat. What’s wrong with the Evangelicals is pretty much what’s wrong with Mormons at the moment. Let’s review the article, then liken it unto ourselves. Our churches have caught the same disease, a virulent form of political theology. Is there a cure or is the disease fatal?

Should I Watch..? 'The Hitman's Bodyguard'

Benjamin has been reviewing films online since 2004 and has seen way more action movies than he should probably admit to!. The Hitman's Bodyguard is an action comedy film released in 2017 and is based on Tom O'Conner's screenplay which featured on the 2011 Black List, a survey of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as a bodyguard fallen on hard times who is recruited to protect professional assassin Samuel L Jackson on their way to the International Criminal Court, where Jackson is the star witness. The film also stars Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek and Élodie Yung and was directed by Patrick Hughes. Despite mixed reviews, the film topped the US box office in its first weekend and would go on to earn more than $176 million globally. The film is an old-school 'odd couple' shooter but one where both Reynolds and Jackson essentially play versions of themselves to great comic effect.

White Evangelical Numbers are Dwindling

Silence, and then Eve said, “Okay, that was extra creepy, with whipped creepy topping. And this is me, changing my mind. The modern Evangelical church is on the decline. Most specifically, the migration of white evangelicals away from the faith is staggering. According to this report from The Washington Post, white evangelicals made up 23 percent of the population in 2006. That number has dropped to 14.5 percent. Why is the evangelical church hemorrhaging members? There are many causes, but several of them scream out at us.

The best Netflix documentaries in 2021

When it comes to documentaries, Netflix is about as good as it gets. True crime, history, sports… it’s got it all. Almost too much. To the point where it’s overwhelming. you don’t want to get caught in the endless scroll we’ve created the following list. Broken down by genre, here are our favourite documentaries on Netflix. Good luck and happy watching!

List of Mormon Symbols and Why They’re Important

Unlike many other Christian denominations, the Mormon Church, also known as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is one of vivid symbolism. The LDS church is actively invested in using various Christian figures, symbols, and even everyday items as expressions of meaning. This is often done with a top-down approach, with most such symbols coming directly from the church’s leadership.

6 Underwater Towns and Their Histories

We know there are questions around travel amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read our note here. Look closer next time you’re hiking around a reservoir or kayaking through an inlet — there might be a sunken city below the surface. Around the world, tiny villages and grand metropolises have been submerged by either natural disasters or dam construction, forcing residents to abandon their homes and their hometowns. But these watery ghost towns never completely disappear — there may be a church tower emerging from the center of a lake or foundations that reappear every so often during dry spells. Here are the stories behind six underwater cities you can dive or boat to.

Northwestern State N-Clubbers celebrate memories of championships past

Famed strength and conditioning coach Al Miller summed up what each N-Club Hall of Fame ceremony represents when he paraphrased Alabama football legend Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant, whom Miller served under toward the beginning of his career. “All the money you earn, you give it away. All the championship rings, you...