You Are Students

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church October 30, 2011 Proper 26A Matthew 23:1-12 Today’s Gospel has a lot of “they versus you” language. They teach, you follow. They do not practice, you do not do what they do. They tie up heavy burdens. They are unwilling to lift a finger. They do their deeds to be seen by … 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

Remembering to Be Grateful

Patricia Matthews Christ Church, Little Rock Oct. 30, 2011 Proper 26, Year A Tomorrow night, our home will welcome a warrior and a witch. These two characters will come in from trick-or-treating and pour their candy out onto our floor. They will sort it, count it, divide it, and trade it. Then the eating will begin. And you know, there … Read More

A Community of Redemption

The Rev. Pat Barker Trinity Church, Searcy Oct. 30, 2011 Proper 26A A Roman Catholic theologian wrote a book some time ago entitled “Models of the Church.” He claimed that there are various models in peoples’ minds that shape their expectations of and responses to the church. His list of models included: institution, communion, sacrament, herald, and servant. There are … Read More