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Finding Pearle

A museum intern’s discovery of artifacts from the life of 40-year Methodist missionary from Arkansas leads to exhibit

Subscriber onlyA Chinese-English Bible that belonged to United Methodist missionary Pearle McCain is splashed throughout with notes in the margins and additions to the text where she thought it necessary. Continue reading...

Atom and Eve: Professor who believes that God created the universe — every particle of it — shares thoughts in Little Rock

University of Oklahoma professor Michael Strauss believes that God created the universe — every particle of it

Subscriber onlyParticle physicist Michael Strauss was at one time headed to seminary school, or so he thought. Continue reading...

Opposing sides?

Science and religion come together in physicist’s City Center Conversation

Subscriber onlyExperimental particle physicist Michael Strauss has had a lifelong interest in physics, and comes across his share of people who view religion and science as unrelated topics. Continue reading...

For National Day of Prayer events, Arkansas pastor says focus will be unity

Subscriber onlyThe Rev. Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas, plans to call for Americans to come together and pray for the country during the 2018 National Day of Prayer observance Thursday. Continue reading...

Little Rock ministry's video series project becomes a movie opening nationwide

Subscriber onlyThe Little Rock ministry FamilyLife reaches an estimated 60,000 people each year with its "Weekend To Remember" events for couples, and its radio program, FamilyLife Today, is broadcast on about 1,100 radio stations and outlets across the country. Continue reading...

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

Subscriber onlyMore 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. Continue reading...

Spontaneous spiritual author sets Little Rock event

Subscriber onlyWhen 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. Continue reading...

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

Subscriber only"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." Continue reading...

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

Baptist churches get crash course in preventing mass shootings

Subscriber onlyAbout 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. Continue reading...

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

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

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With closed eyes, a wide smile and arm outstretched, Thirland McKissic, pastor of New Fellowship Bap...

With closed eyes, a wide smile and arm outstretched, Thirland McKissic, pastor of New Fellowship Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, ta...

Published: July 8, 2017

Darrin McKissic, son of Thirland McKissic and the band director at Fort Smith Junior High School, pl...

Darrin McKissic, son of Thirland McKissic and the band director at Fort Smith Junior High School, plays “Blessed Assurance,” his g...

Published: July 8, 2017

A newly purple marquee marks New Fellowship Baptist Church’s official move to Cherry Street in Pine ...

A newly purple marquee marks New Fellowship Baptist Church’s official move to Cherry Street in Pine Bluff.

Published: July 8, 2017

Congregants line the pews at Pine Bluff’s New Fellowship Baptist Church on June 25. The nearly 70-ye...

Congregants line the pews at Pine Bluff’s New Fellowship Baptist Church on June 25. The nearly 70-year-old church building and pro...

Published: July 8, 2017

A phrase from Luke 22:19 is inscribed on a table in front of the church’s pulpit.

A phrase from Luke 22:19 is inscribed on a table in front of the church’s pulpit.

Published: July 8, 2017

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