Trading Authority for the Kingdom

The Rev. Scott Walters Christ Church, Little Rock Proper 21A Matthew 21:23-32 Even the chaos in the housing market of the past few years hasn’t managed to bump home ownership off of the American Dream essentials list. But why so many of us Americans are bent on owning houses isn’t clear to everyone. Financial advisors have long warned us that … Read More

Grace in a Works-Righteousness World

The Rev. Kate Alexander Christ Church, Little Rock September 18, 2011 Proper 20, Year A At the tender age of four, my son has already learned how to work the system. On his first day of pre-K, he learned that you can earn little green tickets for good behavior, for things like raising your hand to talk or following the … Read More

Getting Past Our Fear of Change

The Rev. Kate Alexander Christ Episcopal Church, Little Rock, Ark. August 28, 2011 Proper 17, Year A Matthew 16:21-28 According to members of my extended family, Little Rock has officially arrived. It depends on how one defines that, of course. For some it has to do with which headliners come to the Verizon Arena, or what Broadway shows come to … Read More

The Need for Nimble Imaginations

Rev. Scott Walters Christ Church, Little Rock July 24, 2011 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 12 Genesis 29:15-28 Going to camp is an old strategy for getting away from it all. But you should know that rules are not among the things from which campers get away. Here’s what I mean. Imagine your own day beginning with a … Read More

Jacob’s Dream: Story and Place

Patricia Matthews Christ Church, Little Rock July 17, 2011 Proper 11, Year A, Gospel: Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 Old Testament: Genesis 28:10-19a On one wall of the cave are four horse heads, their black jaws and graceful necks overlapping. Deeper into the darkness, a series of lions, ten of them painted almost on top of each other. Human handprints still … Read More