Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Rev. Scott Trotter St Stephen’s, Blytheville; Calvary, Osceola Aug. 2011 Year A, Proper 17 Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 Last week, we heard Jesus declare Peter to be rock on which he will build his church, and that the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. That’s about as high praise as one … Read More

Bushes and Crosses

The Rev. Lowell E. Grisham, Rector St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, Ark. August 28, 2011 Proper 17, Year A, Track 1 Exodus 3:1-15 – Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to … Read More

Resistance Is Futile

The Rev. Canon Jason Alexander St. Mark’s, Hope August 28, 2011 Proper 17, Year A Matthew 16:21-28 It’s official. School has begun. Across the state of Arkansas teachers are welcoming new flocks of eager learners. Classrooms are clean and stocked with arts and crafts supplies. Bulletin boards are freshly decorated with wavy borders and brightly colored butcher paper backgrounds. Children … Read More

Rebuke and Renewal

The Rev. John Drymon Saint Paul’s, Batesville The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Proper 17, Year A August 28, 2011 Matthew 16:21-28 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. As you may remember from last week’s Gospel, blessed Peter—who seemed to have made a career out of getting Jesus’ message wrong—finally got … 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

Who are You?

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock August 21, 2011 10th Sunday after Pentecost Proper 16A Matthew 16: 13-20 For some reason, the 1978 single “Who are You,” by The Who, got stuck in my head all week as I reflected on today’s Gospel. For that is the question this reading addresses about Jesus. “Who are you?” I really … Read More

In Spite of Ourselves

The Rev. Betsy Porter St. James’, Eureka Springs August 21, 2011 Year A, Proper 16 Matthew 16:13-20 Two weeks ago today, Clifford and I were at St. John of the Cross Episcopal Church in Bristol, Ind., for the final day of my family’s reunion, which included the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of my oldest brother, David, and his wife, Kay. … Read More

On This Rock

The Rev. Charles E. Walling St. Paul’s, Fayetteville August 21, 2011 Year A, Proper 16 Matthew 16:13-20 When Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” … Read More

The Compassion of Christ

Pam Morgan, Rector St. Thomas, Springdale August 7, 2011 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 14 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33 Have you ever shown up to take a test feeling completely confident you know everything you’re going to be tested on but when you receive the test you realize you don’t know nearly as … Read More

The Faith That Keeps Us Afloat

The Rev. Canon Jason Alexander St. Mark’s, Little Rock August 7, 2011 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 14, Year A The story of Joseph and his brothers is well known in my family. We happen to own the DVD of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring none other than Donny Osmond. And interestingly it gets just … Read More