Gift-wrapped reading

6 books on early Christianity, angels, mindfulness, Jewish literature make great Christmas gifts

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Democrat-Gazette again offers a selection of books ideal for gift-giving. Continue reading...

Vatican, China warm to rapprochement

Subscriber onlyPope Francis has spoken of his admiration for Chinese culture. He has greeted a delegation from China, accepting a silk imprint of an ancient inscription about Christianity. And he had his picture taken with a Chinese bishop in St. Peter's Square in October. Continue reading...

It's a Wonderful Life testament to Capra's faith

Subscriber onlyAfter receiving 30 pieces of silver for betraying Jesus, Judas Iscariot repented, threw the money away and hanged himself. Continue reading...

Christianity struggles Under Caesar's Sword

Subscriber onlyOne hundred years ago, one-third of the population of Istanbul, formerly known as Constantinople, was non-Muslim. It was home to hundreds of thousands of Jews and Christians. Continue reading...

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In midst of darkness, God sends light

In midst of darkness, God sends light

Subscriber onlyI've been doing a lot of decorating for Christmas this past week. I've got a white-and-gold color scheme going, with lots of glitter. For two days in a row, my face twinkled with gold glitter -- so much so that my 5-year-old granddaughter, Harper, called it to my attention. Harper loves glitter, and apparently, so do I. At the same time, I've been battling whatever allergy gunk is in the air, alternating between reaching for a Kleenex when I'm draining and reaching for the Afrin to decongest. My head is filled with an extra five pounds of excess fluid, and I'm not sleeping well. It's been an "Afrin and Glitter" sort of week. Continue reading...

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In the eyes of a child

Springdale church highlights Advent traditions

Subscriber onlyWith a simple but beautiful understanding of the importance of the Christ child, 8-year-old Sallie Morris walked down the aisle, carrying the figure high above her head — “Simba-style,” as she had seen in the movie The Lion King. Continue reading...

Printed presents

Six books on religion would be great gifts for the readers on your list

Subscriber onlyChristmas is nearing, and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette again offers a selection of 12 books ideal for gift-giving. Continue reading...

Advent 'Greens' services celebrate season

Subscriber onlyAdvent begins Sunday, and for some churches that means it's time for the annual "Hanging of the Greens." Continue reading...

Attacks on Christians up in Egypt

Subscriber onlyThe Christian and Muslim villagers grew up together, played on the same soccer fields as kids, and attended the same schools in this riverside hamlet. But that didn't matter on a recent day: An argument between boys sparked clashes between neighbors, with Muslims torching shops owned by Christians. Continue reading...

'Religious diets' for inmates still a sticking point

Subscriber onlyWhen it comes to fine cuisine, few gourmands would fight to be served peanut butter, sardines, beans and some other canned goods -- often cold. Continue reading...

Religion calendar

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Stay awake to see changes in world, self

Embracing changes in world, self

Subscriber onlyBefore walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela -- an ancient pilgrimage route through northern Spain -- I had been told I would likely encounter many pilgrims from around the globe and I could expect to quickly form friendships, close bonds, with people I met along the way. That proved to be true. We pilgrims, walked together for miles on end, sharing personal stories, complaining about the pain of blistered feet and cracking toenails, wondering when we would finally arrive at a distant summit or simply walking together in silent awe of the beauty of God's creation. A kind of love flows naturally in such circumstances. Continue reading...

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