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

Subscriber onlyAuthor, 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. Continue reading...

Never again

Holocaust survivor shares her story, implores Americans to be vigilant against signs of authoritarianism

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

Visiting Mormon apostles rally missionaries

Subscriber onlyDieter Uchtdorf and Jeffrey Holland -- members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the second-highest governing level in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide -- addressed hundreds of attendees in a rare appearance Sunday at a Little Rock service. Continue reading...

Arkansas author, psalmist touring state with books

Subscriber onlyPoet, essayist and translator J. Chester Johnson knows his way around a psalm. Continue reading...

Ex-Arkansan is second female pastor in Bulgaria

Subscriber onlyWhen Goshen native Jessica Morris-Ivanova left Arkansas in 2009 for a mission in Bulgaria as part of the Church of the Nazarene, she didn't know that her brief trips to see family in America would always remain visits. Continue reading...

Series of Little Rock meetings to map out ‘journey into modern manhood’

Subscriber onlyLast month, around 50 men listened in a Little Rock conference room as author and public speaker Robert Lewis talked about what he said were some of the challenges men face in today's culture. Continue reading...

Free at last

Pathway to Freedom graduate to celebrate Christmas with family, thanks to program

Subscriber onlyLike many parents, T.J. West plans to spend Christmas with his family. Continue reading...

The big questions

Author Eric Metaxas discusses his book on Martin Luther in first of ‘City Conversations’

Subscriber onlyAuthor and radio show host Eric Metaxas never had plans to write a book about Martin Luther, he told a sold-out audience of around 500 on Tuesday night at the Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Arkansas House of Prayer marks 10th year serving people of all faiths

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas House of Prayer is known for its secluded location and as a setting of silence, but it will spend part of Sunday in an atmosphere of the camaraderie and noise of several hundred people in honor of the house's founding 10 years ago this month. Continue reading...

Author to open city's 'Conversations'

Subscriber onlyBest-selling author and radio show host Eric Metaxas will be the featured speaker Tuesday night at the inaugural series event "City Center Conversations: Conversations About God, Life, and Faith in the City" at Robinson Center Performance Hall in Little Rock. 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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