Arkansas United Methodist

The Arkansas United Methodist is the monthly publication of the Arkansas Conference, designed to bring the good news of the faith and witness of United Methodists across our state.

All aboard the FUMC Christmas Train!

Fort Smith First United Methodist church is headed for the rails! The train rails in the park to be more specific. When Sally Ware first started in Children’s Ministry 20 years ago, the children and their families walked in the church doors with little to no...

Learning to give sacrificially through tithing

Tithing. It’s one of those core Christian tenets that, purposefully or not, often gets forgotten by followers of Christ. Maybe it’s because, as humans born with naturally sinful inclinations, we would rather keep our money to ourselves. It’s just easier to be selfish...

Looking to the past, preparing for the future

In his book The Singing Thing, author John Bell says, “We are creatures of our past, we cannot be separated from it.” He was referring specifically to the music of our past, particularly hymns and religious songs that evoke strong feelings or memories, but smells can...

A prayer for General Conference

A few days after publishing this column, I will -- with God’s help -- deliver a sermon in my local church that I have entitled “Living in the presence of God.” As some of you will probably imagine, I have spent a great deal of time, study, and prayer preparing this...

My favorite nativity

Every year as I unwrap my favorite Nativity from its storage box, I inevitably spend a few moments reflecting while I put all the figures in their proper place. Quite frankly, and somewhat surprisingly, it’s always a bit depressing as I remember how often Jesus...

What is Advent? And why do we celebrate it?

Starting on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, – for 2018, that’s Dec. 2 – Advent is a December celebration rooted in deep Christian traditions. Unlike the more widely-celebrated Christmas Eve and Christmas Day holidays, Advent is about far more than gift giving, hot...

From the Editor: The season of outrage!

The holidays are one of my favorite times of the year. Not just for the typical festivities like family gatherings, gift exchanges, the colorful lights, good food, the beauty surrounding the celebration of the birth of Christ, and eggnog – yes, I am a believer in the...