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Francisca Jones

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In 1978, 918 people died at the hands of cult leader Jim Jones, but Laura Johnston Kohl lived to tell

posted: 04/14/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

More than 900 Americans followed Disciples of Christ minister Jim Jones to northwestern Guyana in the 1970s to form a Utopian society of social equality and racial harmony he called Jonestown.

Spontaneous spiritual author sets Little Rock event

posted: 04/07/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

When spiritual fiction author Roland Merullo addresses the audience Thursday at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, instead of notes or an outline in hand he will have only a topic in mind -- his 2007 novel Breakfast With Buddha.

Waiting on the Son: Easter vigils are ancient services that are returning to Lutheran churches

posted: 03/31/2018 4:30 a.m. Discuss

"Beloved in the Lord, on this most holy night, in which our Lord Jesus passed over from death to life, we are gathered here in vigil and prayer. This is the Passover of the Lord in which, by hearing His Word and celebrating His Sacraments, we share in His victory over death."

In North Little Rock, Baptist churches get crash course in preventing mass shootings

posted: 03/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

About 250 pastors, staff and members of Baptist churches attended a seminar Monday devoted to church safety and security -- hosted by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention -- at Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

No time to cry: 23rd Psalm kept Little Rock Nine’s Melba Pattillo Beals alive

posted: 03/03/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

By the time she was 3, Melba Pattillo Beals knew the 23rd Psalm and the Lord's Prayer by heart.

Arkansas clergy members say thoughts and prayers after school shooting should be followed by action

posted: 02/24/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 12

Four days after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed, many faith leaders around the state who addressed the event with their congregations or led prayer efforts for those involved also delivered a strong political message.

In Little Rock talk, author shares path from atheism to strong faith

posted: 02/24/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 5

It's hard to see your life played out on a movie screen, Lee Strobel told an audience Tuesday at the Statehouse Convention Center.

LR minister to lobby congressmen on poverty concerns

posted: 02/24/2018 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Malik Saafir, a minister at Little Rock's Millennium Church, will visit Washington today through Monday to meet with U.S. Sen. John Boozman about poverty at the local and global levels, and preventable and chronic illnesses.

Ex-atheist who wrote 'Case for Christ' to appear in Little Rock

posted: 02/17/2018 4:30 a.m. Comments 3

Author, professor, speaker and teaching pastor Lee Strobel will be the second featured guest Tuesday at "City Center Conversations: Conversations About God, Life, and Faith in the City" at Little Rock's Statehouse Convention Center.

Never again

posted: 02/10/2018 2:34 a.m. Discuss

Irene Butter never planned to stand in front of an audience and share the story of her childhood experience of surviving the Holocaust.

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