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Descendants proud of Korean martyrs

Subscriber onlySEOUL, South Korea -- They died well over a century ago, but the 124 Korean Catholic martyrs who will be honored by Pope Francis today still have a hold over many of their descendants -- even some who learned of their sacrifices only in recent years, or whose families are now Buddhist or Protestant. Continue reading...

The scale of freedom

Religious liberty debate in U.S. has shifted from localized liberal causes to nationwide, conservative ones

Subscriber onlyNot long ago, when religious liberty cases reached the courts, the people seeking protection for their beliefs were mostly from small faith groups and their lawyers were liberals. Continue reading...

Fun funerals cast pall over acceptance of death

Subscriber onlyFor centuries, religious believers have held solemn funeral rites that were then followed by social events that, in some cultures, could get pretty lively. Continue reading...

News Briefs

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Religion Calendar

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The Best Yes

Christian Author, Blogger To Speak At Northwest Arkansas Women’s Conference

Subscriber onlyWomen in Northwest Arkansas are busy. Their time is filled with meeting the needs of their children, their husbands, their friends, their community, their careers. How do these women find time to meet their own needs, especially their spiritual needs? Continue reading...

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Cultivate gratitude instead of worry

Subscriber only"You have the tendency to invite worry into your life." Continue reading...

Pearls of faith

Believers say beads link them with a more focused form of prayer

Subscriber onlyBeads 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. Continue reading...

Shoe boxes deliver hope to kids in need

Subscriber onlyEach 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. Continue reading...

Archbishop: Reports warp Pope Francis' words

Subscriber onlyFrom day one in the Pope Francis era, the so-called insiders who do so much to shape public opinion have said "conservatives" -- inside the Vatican and outside -- were grumbling about this shepherd's unorthodox style. Continue reading...

Religion Calendar

Subscriber onlyMUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT First Assembly of God, 221 N. Elm St., Jacksonville, will present Lewis and Lewis in concert at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 17. Free. A collection will be taken. (501) 982-5018. Continue reading...

Religion News Briefs

Subscriber onlyPittsburgh OKs same-sex rites PITTSBURGH — The Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh says its clergy may sign marriage certificates for same-sex couples. Continue reading...

Art Show Every Day

Grace Point Church Opens Art Gallery

Subscriber onlyIn the beginning, there was art. Continue reading...

'It's a God Thing'

Lord Reveals His Plan In ‘Ah-Ha’ Moments

Subscriber onlyFor most Christians the word "revelation" immediately brings to mind the name of the last book of the Bible. And John of Patmos does reveal an encouraging -- albeit confusing -- word to those being persecuted through the symbolic language in the book of that name. But we miss out on the many ways in which God has revealed God's purpose and God's self throughout history, if we get stuck identifying revelation with Revelation! Continue reading...

Pastor Remains In Awe of God's Faithfulness

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