Test of Faith

“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”… Continue reading.


The Next Generation

Pentecostal serpent-handlers in Appalachia have taken up venomous snakes during their worship services since the early 1900s. At the Tabernacle Church of God in La Follette, Tenn., 23-year-old Pastor Andrew Hamblin leads a millennial generation of serpent-handlers in their 20s and 30s. While some have inherited the practice from their… Continue reading.


Nurturing Tradition

College is a place where many begin to branch out and find their own way — sometimes leaving tradition behind. But at Faith Builders, a post-secondary Anabaptist school in Guys Mills, Pennsylvania, tradition is nurtured. Each year, young Mennonites from around the world attend Faith Builders to continue their education… Continue reading.


City of Widows

Due to religious and cultural stigma, Indian widows are often cast out of their homes after their husbands die. Thousands seek sanctuary in the sacred city of Vrindavan, India, where they spend the remainder of their lives in prayer, poverty, and self-denial.


Born-Again Bikers

With their tattoos, leather jackets, and sometimes dark pasts, some bikers say they feel judged and unwelcome at traditional churches. However, in southeast Ohio, dedicated biker ministries and churches are helping motorcyclists use Christianity to turn their lives around. At least 100 people gather regularly for worship services at the… Continue reading.


American Heathens

Asatru, meaning “belief in the gods,” is not a religion in the traditional sense of the word. There is no central doctrine. There are no formal places of worship. Everyone believes and practices differently. A late addition to the neopagan movement that began in America in the 1950s, Asatru specifically… Continue reading.

Begging to Learn

Begging to Learn

In Senegal, a predominantly Muslim country in West Africa, underprivileged families often send their sons to study the Qu’ran in distant urban schools. These students, known as talibés, are often required to beg on the streets in order to support their religious education and financially strained instructors. Child begging has… Continue reading.


A Less Lonely Road

For truck drivers, Christianity is often about fellowship, not formality. Transport for Christ, an international trucker ministry, has placed 28 mobile chapels at truck stops around the United States, including TA stops in Lodi, Ohio, and Ontario, Calif. The chapels offer Bible study, worship, and counseling from volunteer chaplains, but… Continue reading.

Fading Faith

A Struggling Tradition

Tucked away among serpentine roads and precipitous mountain slopes, the old coal mining towns of McDowell County, West Virginia, are places where religious tradition runs deep. But with the area’s high unemployment rate, growing drug crisis, and high frequency of disease and death, local church congregations have become shadows of… Continue reading.

Faith in Action (In Progress)

Occupy Church

In the predominantly secular Occupy Movement, religion almost seemed out of place. However, for many people of faith in Washington, D.C., Occupy provided an opportunity to become more socially engaged. At the beginning of the movement, a group known as Occupy Church provided spiritual sustenance to protesters and served as a… Continue reading.