posted: 12/07/2013 2:58 a.m.
For Jerusalem Greer, Advent is a time of anticipation — bittersweet days of waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ. The weeks leading to Christmas are filled with joy, but also sorrow for the North Little Rock author.
posted: 11/30/2013 3:08 a.m.
It’s time for the Democrat-Gazette’s annual 12 Books of Christmas — selections ideal for gift giving.
posted: 11/23/2013 3:37 a.m.
In 28 years, volunteers at the Lutheran Braille Workers center in Northwest Arkansas printed more than 51,000 books of the Bible for the blind and visually impaired. This month, the group is no more.
posted: 11/16/2013 4:37 a.m.
Rita House had never heard of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius until she learned about a 30-week “Retreat in Daily Life” offered through St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith. But after discovering more about the intensive program of prayer and reflection, she felt drawn to participate.
posted: 11/09/2013 3:16 a.m.
Books recounting near-death experiences have flooded the market in recent years, but perhaps none has been as popular as Proof of Heaven by Dr. Eben Alexander. His book has been on The New York Times best-seller list for 53 weeks and counting.
posted: 10/26/2013 3:28 a.m.
It’s honky-tonking, beer-drinking, hell-raising music but the lyrics of country melodies are also often deeply spiritual.
posted: 10/19/2013 3:17 a.m.
Ted Dekker, The New York Times best-selling author, revisits the land of his childhood in his latest novel, Outlaw, which goes on sale Tuesday. Dekker grew up in the jungle as the son of missionaries living with head-hunter tribes in Indonesia in the 1960s.
posted: 10/12/2013 6:15 a.m.
The biblical story of Joseph gets a modern-day makeover in Seasons of Gray, which debuts in selected movie theaters around the country on Friday, including Little Rock.
posted: 10/12/2013 6:13 a.m.
Seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, will be in Little Rock beginning Friday to share information about their culture and religion and to raise money for their monastery.
posted: 10/12/2013 6:11 a.m.
A program highlighting the culture and music of Bolivia will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
posted: 10/05/2013 5:56 a.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — A new survey shows that American Jews are proud of their heritage, but have widely different views on what makes a person Jewish.
posted: 10/05/2013 5:55 a.m.
Little Rock resident Christine Westhoff will travel to Rome next week to perform.
posted: 09/21/2013 3:04 a.m.
Two years ago the congregation of Second Baptist Church began looking for a way to make a difference in downtown Little Rock, where the church has been for almost 130 years.
posted: 09/21/2013 3:03 a.m.
Archbishop Demetrios, the highest ranking cleric in the Greek Orthodox Church in the United States, will be in Little Rock this weekend to celebrate the centennial of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church.
posted: 09/14/2013 3:23 a.m.
For years the sanctuary windows at First Presbyterian Church in Conway were clear glass, allowing sunlight to stream inside and worshippers to enjoy the view. But the hope was always that someday colorful stainedglass windows would be installed.
posted: 09/07/2013 4:05 a.m.
As a boy in New York, John Sexton was crazy about the Brooklyn Dodgers. So on Oct. 4, 1955, he and his friend Bobby rushed home from school as fast as they could, making it just in time to listen to the last innings of game seven of the World Series.
posted: 09/07/2013 4:04 a.m.
CENTERTON — The Rev. Blake Lasater was in Little Rock training with the U.S. Navy Reserves when he got word that his church was burning.
posted: 08/31/2013 3:45 a.m.
The wailing blast of the shofar, or ram’s horn, is a central part of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashana. Traditionally sounded 100 hundred times on both days of the holiday, the shofar’s trumpet-like sound serves as a spiritual wake-up call.
posted: 08/17/2013 5:45 a.m.
The congregation of Temple Shalom of Northwest Arkansas will have to make do without their rabbi for a few months. Rabbi Jacob Adler, who is also an associate professor in the department of philosophy at the University of Arkansas, is on sabbatical for 10 months.
posted: 08/17/2013 5:43 a.m.
When the Rev. Randy Hyde called on his congregation to find new ways to reach out to their neighbors, a community garden was the first idea. But with too few members to do the heavy lifting, the congregation decided on a farmers market instead.
posted: 08/10/2013 2:18 a.m.
Retired Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong expects some readers to be “scandalized” by the conclusions in his latest book, The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic (HarperOne).
posted: 08/10/2013 2:18 a.m.
Russell Moore, the new president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, is a traveling man.
posted: 08/03/2013 2:58 a.m.
Two Dove Award-winning Christian music stars are reuniting to help raise money for the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. John Michael Talbot, an internationally known Catholic musician, and contemporary Christian artist Michael Card, perhaps best known for penning the song “El Shaddai,” will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Eureka Springs City Auditorium.
posted: 07/27/2013 2:50 a.m.
Cross Church, a multi-site Southern Baptist Church in Northwest Arkansas, will start a School for Ministry next month to help train the next generation of Christian ministry leaders. The aim of the one-year residential program is to close the “experience gap” many students face as they step into full-time ministry.
posted: 07/27/2013 2:49 a.m.
The Arkansas First Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ will have a centennial convocation celebration Monday through Aug. 4 in Little Rock. Bishop Jewel R. Withers Jr. expects more than 2,000 to attend the week-long worship gathering.
posted: 07/20/2013 2:23 a.m.
Suzii Paynter, the first woman to lead the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, took a tour of Arkansas this week to connect with churches that partner with the progressive group.
posted: 07/20/2013 2:22 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE — The Caring Friends ministry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has been a godsend for Ima Pelton, whose husband, Jim, has Alzheimer’s disease.
posted: 07/13/2013 3:52 a.m.
Todd Burpo’s best-selling book about his young son Colton’s neardeath experience, Heaven Is for Real, captivated millions of readers. Now, the Burpo family is coming to Hot Springs to share their inspiring story as part of the “Celebrate the Word” series at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park.
posted: 07/06/2013 3:22 a.m.
Religious doubters will soon have a 24-hour hot line to call, courtesy of the atheist group Recovering From Religion. Sarah Morehead, executive director, said the goal is to offer a safe place for those leaving religion to talk.
posted: 06/22/2013 5:05 a.m.
With an eye on the future, the monks of Subiaco Abbey in Logan County have begun an $8 million capital campaign. The Benedictines hope to raise money to provide for aging members of the religious community and to build and renovate facilities at its boarding school.
posted: 06/15/2013 4:31 a.m.
A team from the Dwelling Place church in Fayetteville will be in Moore, Okla., today, as they have been each week since an EF5 tornado decimated the town.
posted: 06/08/2013 4:50 a.m.
LifeWay Christian Resources issued a sobering report Wednesday on the Southern Baptist Convention, days before members of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination gather for their annual meeting in Houston next week.
posted: 05/25/2013 4:28 a.m.
The joy of the Easter season was shattered for the nuns of St. Scholastica Monastery as three of their fellow sisters died during a three-day period early last month.
posted: 05/18/2013 4:53 a.m.
Seventh-day Adventists will commemorate the church’s 150th anniversary today, not with a festive party, but with prayer and reflection. After all, it’s a bittersweet occasion, not necessarily a time for celebration.
posted: 05/11/2013 4:38 a.m.
For author Shauna Niequist, the sacred isn’t confined to church. It can be found everywhere, including at the dinner table.
posted: 05/04/2013 4:17 a.m.
Churches in Arkansas are participating in World Labyrinth Day today and inviting the public to learn about the spiritual practice.
posted: 04/27/2013 4:19 a.m.
In many ways the story of First Christian Church in Little Rock mirrors that of mainline Protestant churches across the country.
posted: 04/20/2013 4:18 a.m.
Growing up in an evangelical church, Rachel Held Evans heard much about living up to the standards of “biblical womanhood.” The teachings often led to discussions about a woman’s appropriate role in life.
posted: 04/13/2013 4:33 a.m.
During the height of last year’s election battle, longtime social activist Jim Wallis walked away from the political maelstrom and went on sabbatical.
posted: 04/06/2013 4:23 a.m.
It seems readers can’t get enough when it comes to tales of near-death experiences. Books on the topic have topped best-seller lists, with pastors, everyday people, children and even a neurosurgeon claiming to have glimpsed the afterlife.
posted: 03/30/2013 4:12 a.m.
In years past, worshippers gathering for the Easter sunrise service at Riverfront Park have bundled up in frigid, sometimes rainy, conditions. Organizers of this year’s Community Easter Sunrise Service are praying for a bright, clear dawn for the 25th annual gathering.
posted: 03/23/2013 3:51 a.m.
As Christians around the world anticipate the arrival of Easter a week from Sunday, Orthodox Christians have just begun the Lenten season. Their celebration of Easter will take place five weeks later — on May 5.
posted: 03/16/2013 4:18 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Day has become synonymous with shamrocks and green beer for many, but the day has a spiritual significance at St. Edward Catholic Church in Little Rock.
posted: 03/14/2013 3:44 a.m.
Arkansas Catholics celebrated Wednesday afternoon over the naming of the first Latin American pope.
posted: 03/09/2013 4:34 a.m.
Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Gyuto Tantric Monastery in India will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony today at the Land of Infinite Bliss Retreat Center in Madison County.
posted: 03/09/2013 4:31 a.m.
Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center has been awarded two challenge grants totaling $1.65 million to help finance improvements.
posted: 03/09/2013 4:28 a.m.
A South African anti-apartheid leader will speak on “radical reconciliation” today and Sunday at New Millennium Church in Little Rock.
posted: 03/02/2013 4:28 a.m.
When he’s not preaching, the Rev. Rodney Steele more than likely can be found exploring the wilds of Arkansas through the viewfinder of a camera.
posted: 02/16/2013 4:20 a.m.
The enactment of Act 67, which lifted the ban on concealed weapons in churches, has congregations around the state debating what to do. Some see the law as a way to protect their flocks, while others see no place for guns in a house of worship.
posted: 02/12/2013 4:41 a.m.
The surprising resignation of Pope Benedict XVI was the talk of the day at Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Rogers on Monday morning.