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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 […]

Church hosts class on cooking, nutrition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Families at risk of facing food insecurity have a new option for fighting hunger in their own households. Cooking Matters has arrived. The six-week course—a program of the national non-profit Share Our Strength—provides education on nutrition and cooking techniques for all ages. The program also includes Shopping Matters, a hands-on experience with shopping […]

Teen leaders bring new life to Arkansas church choir

By Amy Forbus, Special Contributor… LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Maryssa Barron is a busy teen. She plays oboe in the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra, and she’s an honor student at Little Rock Central High. She works typical teenage part-time jobs—babysitting and mowing lawns. Oh, and she’s a music minister. Earlier this year, Maryssa’s mother, the Rev. Dr. […]