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Methodist newspaper in Arkansas goes digital; print edition ceased in July

It has been 30 years since Holly Grove native Jane Dennis took over as editor of Arkansas United Methodist, but her memory of discovering a computer tucked away in a closet at the denomination's office in Little Rock is still vivid.

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'A loss for all of us': When Little Rock church burned, generations of memories went up in smoke

The Rev. David Dyer of Westminster Presbyterian Church handed out brand-new hymnals to his congregation July 15.

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Humanae Vitae turns 50: Pope Paul VI’s encyclical in 1968 followed the approval of the first birth control pill

Humanae Vitae -- the encyclical issued by Pope Paul VI that reaffirmed teachings of the Catholic Church concerning marriage and family, the sanctity of life, sex within marriage and responsible parenthood -- reaches its 50-year mark Wednesday.

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Living Fit: Healthy should include body and soul

Northwest Arkansas' Cross Church pastor Ronnie Floyd has met and ministered to many people whose daily lives were out of balance in one or more aspects, but that can be addressed from a spiritual perspective.

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'It's a moral crisis': Families Belong Together rally in Little Rock takes stand on treatment of children at border

Area faith leaders who have strongly opposed the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border will be among those pushing for additional change today at the Families Belong Together rally in Little Rock.

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Southern Baptists hear Pence tout Trump feats

Vice President Mike Pence touted the achievements of President Donald Trump's administration and expressed solidarity with Southern Baptists on Wednesday in his address to the nearly 11,000 delegates gathered for the last day of the denomination's annual meeting.

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Baptist group denounces sex abuse, misconduct

Southern Baptist Convention delegates adopted resolutions Tuesday that included condemning sexual abuse and misbehavior by members of the denomination.

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Mom of church-shooting victim tells how faith helped her heal

Only her faith has allowed Sherri Pomeroy to begin to heal and rebuild her life after her daughter died Nov. 5 in a mass shooting at a Texas church where her husband serves as pastor.

Focused on mission, Southern Baptists say

Event not seen as place to solve issues

Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines called last month for Southern Baptists to pray for unity in the 21 days leading up to their annual gathering.

Southern Baptists to reflect on numbers

Southern Baptists are gathered in Dallas this week for the denomination's annual gathering and business meeting against a backdrop of concern regarding members of its leadership, a continued decline in membership and a vote to decide who will become the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Bound by year and with string, print copies of Arkansas United Methodist dating to 1884 remain at He...

Bound by year and with string, print copies of Arkansas United Methodist dating to 1884 remain at Hendrix College’s Olin C. Bailey...

Published: August 4, 2018

Editions of Arkansas United Methodist are shown from 1899, 1931 and 2017. After a 138-year history a...

Editions of Arkansas United Methodist are shown from 1899, 1931 and 2017. After a 138-year history as a print newspaper that pasto...

Published: August 4, 2018

A hymnal page lies among the remnants of the July 19 fire that swept through Westminster Presbyteria...

A hymnal page lies among the remnants of the July 19 fire that swept through Westminster Presbyterian Church in Little Rock

Published: July 28, 2018

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

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