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Divine intervention

Protestant led to Orthodox priesthood

Subscriber onlyJarrod Russell first visited an Orthodox Christian church about 20 years ago. For Russell, who was brought up in a Southern Baptist home, the worship service at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Little Rock was different from any he had experienced before. Continue reading...

Pricking the heart

Inspired by Thistle Farms, a sanctuary for victimized women takes root in Fayetteville

Subscriber onlyFor the Rev. Becca Stevens, the thistle is much more than a bothersome weed. She sees the prickly plant as a metaphor for the women she ministers to and works alongside at Thistle Farms in Nashville, Tenn. Continue reading...

Back-to-school blessing

Churches’ backpack blessing ceremonies fortify children as new academic year begins

Subscriber onlyAs students prepare for the first day of school -- some with excitement, some with trepidation -- churches are offering prayers and support, including the increasingly popular blessing of the backpacks. Continue reading...

LR rabbi joins NAACP Washington march

Subscriber onlyRabbi Barry Block of Congregation B'nai Israel in Little Rock is joining rabbis from across the country this month in the NAACP's 860-mile march from Selma, Ala., to Washington. Continue reading...

Lessons through a lens

Church groups use films to explore religious themes in everyday life

Subscriber onlySummertime and movies seem like a natural pairing, offering respite from the heat and a couple of hours of entertainment. At some Little Rock churches, movies offer more than laughter and tears. They can be a source of theological lessons. Continue reading...

Bless this food ...

… that it will nourish our bodies (and not make us sick)

Subscriber onlyAh, the potluck -- that beloved tradition of church fellowship. Just the thought conjures up images of tables filled with prized family dishes like chicken spaghetti, broccoli and cheese casserole and scrumptious cakes and pies of all types. Continue reading...

Working toward 'loving disagreement'?

Some churches remain adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage

Subscriber onlyAlthough same-sex marriage is now legal in the United States, the issue is far from settled within some of the nation's denominations. Some are standing firm in their opposition to gay marriage, while one voted after the court's decision to officially sanction such unions. Continue reading...

State gets first Jewish studies program

Subscriber onlyBeginning next month, students at the University of Arkansas will be able to pursue a minor in Jewish studies. The new interdisciplinary program is part of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. Continue reading...

Berryville products get War Room tie-in

Subscriber onlyChristian apparel company Kerusso has landed another movie deal. Continue reading...

Nonprofit to include foster care

Subscriber onlyArkansas Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries has been ministering to children in Arkansas since 1894, and now the nonprofit organization is adding a foster care ministry. Continue reading...

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