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Seeing Jesus in the World

The Rev. Scott Walters Christ Church, Little Rock Nov. 18, 2011 Proper 29A Last Sunday of Pentecost A book as old as the Bible is bound to refer to things that are unfamiliar to us. We don’t do much girding of the loins these days. Most of us don’t draw water from wells, or store our wine in skins. We … Read More

Risky Business

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock November 13, 2011 Proper 28A Matthew 25:14-30 “For to all who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.” The rich get richer; the poor get poorer. I think I heard that on the news … Read More

When the Dream Is the Path

The Rev. Teri Daily St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Conway, Ark. November 6, 2011 All Saints Sunday, Year A Revelation 7, Matthew 5 There are two kinds of people in the world. If you’ve ever sat in board meetings or worked on group projects I’m sure you know this to be true. There are people who are goal-oriented, and there are … Read More

The Talent of Trust

The Rev. Tom Baker St. John’s, Harrison, AR November 13, 2011 Year A, Proper 28 Matthew 25:14-30 I don’t know about you but I am not the most patient person and I don’t know too many people who like to wait. We live, after all, in an instant society. Microwaves make a whole dinner in just a few minutes. Look … Read More

Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

The Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s, Batesville November 6, 2011 All Saints’ Sunday Until the adoption by the Episcopal Church of the Revised Common Lectionary a few years ago, the first reading on All Saints Day, from the book of Ecclesiasticus, began thusly: “Let us now praise famous men.” While the new lectionary has unfortunately dropped the reading, I think … Read More

Diocese of Arkansas a Bright Spot

The Episcopal Church in the United States recently released its latest reports on denominational membership, attendance and giving. The research tracked numbers for the decade 2000–10 and for the year 2009–10. While the overall numbers reflect the downward trend seen in most Protestant denominations in the U.S., positive numbers were reported by several Episcopal dioceses, including the Diocese of Arkansas. … Read More

Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires

The Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s, Batesville Reading about the current “Occupy” movements, which began in lower Manhattan over a month ago and which has now spread to cities all over the world, I came across an interesting take on American socio-economics and culture from John Steinbeck. “Socialism never took root in America,” Steinbeck said, “because the poor see themselves … Read More

Laughing at Our Fears

The Rev. Stephen W. Kidd Trinity Cathedral, Little Rock Oct. 30, 2011 Proper 26A Micah3:5-12, I Thess. 2:9-13, Matt. 23:1-12 Jesus is agitated. This passage is “Scene IV” of a larger act in the Gospel of Matthew. You see, this day for Jesus began with a group of Pharisees trying to trick him with a question about paying taxes to … Read More