Ten Is Not Enough

The Rev. Scott Trotter Proper 23A Exodus 32:1-14; Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Philippians 4:1-9; Matthew 22:1-14 Apparently ten is not enough. Other than explanations, most of chapters 21–31 is God explaining how to put the Ten Commandments into daily use. God dictates it all to Moses. It takes a while. It’s hard to write on stone. The Hebrews get themselves in … Read More

What Holds You?

The Rev. Tom Baker St. Stephen’s, Horseshoe Bend, Ark. October 16, 2011 Year A Proper 24 Matthew 22:15-22 A few days ago my niece posted a picture on Facebook. On the right side, there were different logos of corporations, like Apple, McDonald’s, Nike, Izod, and Verizon. On the lefthand side, there were pictures of different kinds of leaves. The test … Read More

The Angry King

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock October 9, 2011 Proper 23A Matthew 22:1-14 Upon reading this parable today, I wondered whether Jesus had recently been a part of a wedding party. I mean, I don’t know about Jesus, but weddings have been known to make me a little grumpy! As much as they are supposed to be about … Read More

A Letter from Death Row

The Rev. Lowell E. Grisham, Rector St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, Ark. October 12, 2011 17 Pentecost Proper 23, Year A, Track 1 (Philippians 4:1-9) – My brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of … Read More

Celebrating the Feast Day of St. Michael and All Angels

The Rev. Lisa Hlass St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Little Rock Oct. 3, 2011 Proper 22A Genesis 28:10-17; Psalm 103:19-22; Revelation 12:7-12; John 1:47-51 War breaks out in heaven. The archangel, Michael, and his angels fight the dragon, the evil one, Satan, and throw him down to earth, here with us. And we’re supposed to celebrate this? Huh?! When there’s so … Read More

Facebook Jesus

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock October 2, 2011 Proper 22A Philippians 3:4b-14; Matthew 21: 33-46 Back in the spring when I was still at my former parish, my colleagues and I had designed an Easter postcard that we were really proud of. If you’re not on Facebook, bear with me and use your imaginations, because the card … Read More

The Reward

The Rev. Lowell E. Grisham, Rector St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, Ark. September 25, 2011 15 Pentecost Proper 21, Year A, Track 1 (Matthew 21:23-32) – When Jesus entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave … Read More

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

Authority and Obedience

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock September 25, 2011 Proper 21A Matthew 21:23-32 In today’s Gospel encounter we have a question about authority and an answer about obedience. Authority and Obedience. These are words and concepts that are somewhat out of vogue among modern generations. We generally mistrust authority. Having lived through too many news cycles of corrupt … Read More

Sacred Tension

Rev. Tom Baker St. John’s Church, Harrison, Ark. Proper 19, Year A September 11, 2011 Matthew 18:21-35 Three stories from my life … Story number one: When I was nine or ten, I wanted more than anything a frog suit for my GI Joe but my parents thought I didn’t need another toy, after all I had a room filled … Read More