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

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

Walking the Path of Love

The Rev. Lisa Hlass St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Little Rock 23 October 2011 The 19th Sunday after Pentecost Proper 25, Year A Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Psalm 1; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 22:34-46 Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command. … Read More

The Love of God

Pat Barker Trinity Episcopal, Searcy, Ark. October 23, 2011 Proper 25A This is the final episode in Matthew where we see the leaders of the religious/political establishment directly challenge Jesus. Jesus was becoming popular with the crowds, and the elite were getting nervous. They needed to embarrass him in front of the crowds; or get him to say something that … Read More

Game, Set, Match

Rev. Tom Baker St. Andrew’s, Mountain Home, Ark. October 23, 2011 Year A Proper 25 Matthew 22:34-46 There I was, doing what a lot of people here in Mountain Home do—standing in line at Wal-Mart. As I waited, the couple behind me started complaining about the upcoming presidential election, especially the debates. They talked about how politicians no longer debate … Read More

Frenemy

The Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s Episcopal, Batesville, Ark. The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 25, Year A October 23, 2011 Leviticus 19:1-2, 15-18; Matthew 22:34-46 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. The great English writer G.K. Chesterton once said of today’s Gospel, “Jesus here tells us to love our … Read More

Letting Go of Self

The Rev. Scott Walters Christ Church, Little Rock October 16, 2011 18th Sunday after Pentecost Proper 24A Have you ever tried really hard to see something that you can’t? I’ll bet you have. Early in our lives it’s the refrigerator light. You wonder if it’s always on or if the appliance mysteriously knows that you’re coming after the milk. Eventually, … Read More