Film festival world premiere features UM clergy

By Amy Forbus, Special Contributor… BATESVILLE, Ark.—This year’s Ozark Foothills FilmFest, held April 3-7, featured 34 films, one of which holds special connections for United Methodists in Arkansas. Black Marks on White Paper, an hour-long documentary, made its world premiere April 5, with both the filmmaker—retired clergyman the Rev. Bob Hager—and the film’s subject—retired Bishop […]

Q&A: A stand for Christian universalism

Can everyone be saved through Jesus Christ? The Rev. Heath Bradley, associate pastor of preaching and Christian education at Pulaski Heights UMC in Little Rock, Ark., thinks so. In his new book, Flames of Love: Hell and Universal Salvation (Wipf and Stock Publishers), Mr. Bradley builds a theological framework for the doctrine of hell that […]

Mission awareness leads to after-school program

In a small building tucked away on a side street in Forrest City, Ark., Kynette United Methodist Church gathers each week. With an average worship attendance of 15 to 20 people, it certainly fits the definition of “small church.” But its size won’t stop it from reaching out into its mission field in a new […]

‘Crossing’ serves up coffee, music, community

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark.—A guitarist plays onstage. Two teens face off in a game of checkers. The espresso machine stays busy as a line forms at the cash register. Some people take the opportunity to listen to the music; others claim a corner of the room for conversation and listen to each other. It’s a typical weekend […]