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  • What's God got to do with football devotion? Plenty

    Did God lift Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's overtime pass into the end zone two weeks ago, rewarding the prayerful Christian player with an NFC championship victory and a trip to the Super Bowl? Millions of Americans might think so. "One in four Americans believe there will be a 12th man on the field, and that the hand of God...

  • Rock and Worship Roadshow a night of music for the family

    In 2009, Christian rock band MercyMe bucked the Ticketmaster trend and took its Rock and Worship Roadshow to venues nationwide, charging $10 at the door. The move was a risk for the band and a hit with audiences. In the time since, the annual family-friendly tour featuring a roster of top Christian acts has performed more than 150 shows for...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Feb. 1, 2015

    RELIGION CALENDAR Music/Drama SUNDAY "Legends" - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 2:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 16 E. Platte Ave., $5-$20; chamberorchestraofthesprings.org. SATURDAY City Strings - British program, 4 p.m., St. George's Anglican Church, 217 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $20. Advance tickets: coloradohausmusik.com....

  • Ewan McGregor plays Jesus and the devil in Sundance epic

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Epic is not usually a term associated with films coming out of the Sundance Film Festival, which makes director Rodrigo Garcia's imagined story of Jesus's journey through the desert even more striking. Shot by "Gravity" and "Birdman" cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki in southern California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park...

  • Survey looks at homeless people and their needs in the Colorado Springs area

    Trudging through a muddy field, Andrew Phelps and a cadre of outreach workers approached a trash-strewn camp where it appeared that two people were living in a tent. They came bearing socks, candy and a simple request: Can we count you? About 100 people fanned out across El Paso County for the annual Point-In-Time survey - a census of the...

  • NAACP president delivers impassioned sermon at Fountain church

    Although Cornell William Brooks came to Colorado Springs to address a population shaken by a potential hate crime, the NAACP president took some time off on Sunday to be a minister, and encouraged his temporary flock to put aside their fears and anger. Brooks delivered an impassioned sermon to hundreds of people on Sunday at the New Jerusalem...

  • More families opt to celebrate life with unique, personal services

    Ruth Solazzi was born June 15, 1920. She was a dedicated teacher and opera singer who earned a master's degree in music in the early 1940s, at a time when only about 6 percent of females pursued higher education. She raised four children, was grandmother to nine and took pride in the lush garden she kept at her Colorado Springs home after the...

  • Here's the faith in the 'American Sniper' you won't see in the film

    Chris Kyle, often described as the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, wrote in his autobiography that he prioritized his life in the following order: God, country, family. But God doesn't make a central appearance in the film "American Sniper," which opened nationwide last Friday. The film offers a few similarities to "Unbroken,"...

  • National NAACP leader visits Colorado Springs to urge action in wake of bombing attempt

    Just weeks after a makeshift bomb exploded outside the NAACP offices in Colorado Springs, the national leader of the organization came to the city to call for persistence in the face of injustice. Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of the national branch of the NAACP, passionately told hundreds of people at a regional conference not to...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Jan. 25, 2015

    RELIGION CALENDAR Music/Drama SUNDAY "Brief History of Music" - 3 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 846 E. Pikes Peak Ave., $10, $5 for children; pikespeakringers.com. SATURDAY AND FEB. 1 "Legends" - Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, 7 p.m. Saturday, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.; 2:30 p.m. Feb. 1, First Christian Church, 16 E....

  • National NAACP president begins three-day Colorado Springs trip Friday on heels of bombing

    NAACP president Cornell William Brooks will deliver a Sunday sermon at a Colorado Springs-area church following two days of meetings and gatherings with the community, according to the NAACP's Colorado-Wyoming-Montana State Conference. Brooks, an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, will deliver the sermon at New...

  • Side Streets: Bambi Venetucci was an extraordinary woman and half of an amazing love story

    On a cold, gray day on Halloween eve in 2002, I watched as Bambi Venetucci comforted her husband, legendary pumpkin farmer Nick Venetucci. He was sitting at their kitchen table at the family farm in Security, quietly crying as he confronted the end of their traditional pumpkin giveaway. The great drought of 2002 had ruined Venetucci's pumpkin...

  • Why does Islam ban images of the Prophet Muhammad?

    This month, 10 employees of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly, and two police officers were murdered by a band of masked gunmen who shouted "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," as they opened fire on the publication's Paris newsroom. Among the dead were four cartoonists who provided the weekly with numerous cartoons depicting images of the...

  • Violence fuels debate among Muslims over interpreting faith

    fter gunmen in Paris killed 12 people, Saudi Arabia's top body of Muslim clerics quickly condemned the attack and said it could have no acceptable justification. It was a signal from some of the Islamic world's stricter voices that cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were not a reason to kill...

  • Colorado Springs area religious events starting Jan. 18, 2015

    Music/Drama SUNDAY Taylor Memorial Concert Series - With solo organ recital by Deke Polifka, 3 p.m., Grace and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 601 N. Tejon St.; gssepiscopal.org. SATURDAY AND JAN. 25 "Brief History of Music" - Pikes Peak Ringer, 7 p.m. Saturday, Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Ave.; 3 p.m. Jan. 25, Immanuel Lutheran...

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