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Asbury UMC develops fire safety plan

posted: 08/23/2014 3:07 a.m. Discuss

Toward the end of worship services at Asbury United Methodist Church on Aug. 10, the fire alarm sounded. Instead of a panicked rush to escape, almost 200 worshippers quickly exited via predetermined routes and met up again outside.

Pearls of faith

posted: 08/09/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Beads have been used as a tool for prayer since pre-Christian days and the practice can be found in many of the world's major religions. They are often used as an aid when reciting prayers, and can also be used during meditation. Strands of prayer beads come in all shapes and sizes and are crafted from various materials, from semi-precious stones to plastic.

Shoe boxes deliver hope to kids in need

posted: 08/09/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Each year shoe boxes packed with gifts are delivered to children around the world through Operation Christmas Child. The shoe box ministry, a project of the nondenominational relief and evangelism organization Samaritan's Purse, which is led by Franklin Graham, has reached more than 113 million children since 1993.

Assemblies of God to mark 100 years

posted: 08/02/2014 2:58 a.m. Comments 2

The Assemblies of God, one of the fastest-growing denominations in the world, got its start 100 years ago in Hot Springs. Members from around the world will begin gathering Tuesday in Springfield, Mo., where the U.S. headquarters are located, for several days of celebration.

Church on wheels

posted: 07/19/2014 2:22 a.m. Discuss

SPRINGDALE -- Children came running as the brightly colored van from Cross Church entered the Eastwood Apartments parking lot. Even though rain clouds still darkened the sky to the south, the storms had cleared and the children were expecting the church team to show up as they do every Thursday evening.

The last goodbye

posted: 07/05/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

The good times were remembered Sunday at Tyler Street Baptist Church, located in the shady Oak Forest neighborhood in Little Rock. There was laughter, hugging and joyful reunions with old friends. And there were tears as the congregation worshipped together for the last time.

Ladies stitch 201 dresses for Cambodian girls

posted: 06/28/2014 2:04 a.m. Discuss

All it took was fabric and thread, a bit of handiwork -- and a lot of talk and laughter -- for a group of friends to make more than 200 dresses to send to needy girls in Cambodia.

Seekers of silence

posted: 06/21/2014 2:52 a.m. Discuss

In his book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Donald Whitney writes: "Many of us need to realize the 'addiction' we have to noise."

Camp for kids after tornado

posted: 06/21/2014 2:45 a.m. Discuss

Ferncliff Camp, west of Little Rock in Ferndale, is offering an overnight camp for children from the tornado-hit areas of western Pulaski County, Mayflower and Vilonia.

Baptists call on a woman to fill pulpit

posted: 06/14/2014 3:05 a.m. Discuss

Robin Stepps was installed in March as pastor of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Tucker -- an unusual role for a woman in a traditional Baptist church.

Mission: Cambodia

posted: 05/31/2014 3:37 a.m. Discuss

Bill McDonough's life story reads like a can't-put-it-down novel. It's full of travel to exotic places, delicate negotiations with foreign governments and a dash of danger. But most of all, it's a story of service to those most in need and of sharing the Gospel through actions and words.

Divine inspiration

posted: 05/24/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

In the Orthodox Christian tradition icons are known as "windows to heaven," with the art meant to draw the mind toward the divine. Artist Ludmila Pawlowska, inspired by the sacred art of her home country of Russia, has bent the rules of traditional icons in her exhibit, "Icons in Transformation."

Where Was God?

posted: 05/10/2014 5:41 a.m. Discuss

When the Rev. Steven Earp, pastor of Elevate Church in Moore, Okla., heard about last month's tornadoes in Arkansas his heart sank. He had seen the devastation a tornado can bring when last year's EF5 tornado tore through Moore, leaving 24 dead and more than 350 injured.

Christian, Jewish and Muslim women cross barriers

posted: 05/03/2014 1:59 a.m. Discuss

When Deb Cooper, a member of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Little Rock, wanted to learn more about other religions, she decided a book study at her church would be a good idea. But she thought that talking about other religions with a bunch of Christians wasn’t really the right approach.


posted: 04/19/2014 2:50 a.m. Discuss

For many churches, Easter Sunday requires an intricate balance between logistics and liturgy. Directing traffic in the parking lot, welcoming newcomers and adding extra services to make sure everyone has a seat, all while keeping the focus on the Gospel can be a daunting task.


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