Reconciliation

The Rev. Scott Walters Christ Church, Little Rock September 4, 2011 Proper 18, Year A Matthew 18:15-20 In the fall of 1979 my parents took me on a short pilgrimage to the Purvis-Powell Sporting Goods Store. I had just made the 7th grade basketball team, and it was time to get a proper pair of shoes. That we were actually … Read More

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

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

Questions

Rev. Fr. John Scott Trotter St Stephen’s Blytheville, Calvary Osceola August 21, 2011 Year A, Proper 16 Exodus 1:8-2:10; Romans 12:1-8; Matthew 16:13-20 Seven centuries before Jesus’ time, Hezekiah was King of Israel. He restored the Temple, profaned by his predecessor, and did what was honorable in God’s eye. However, times were turbulent. Assyria was the dominate power of the … 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

Stories of Faith

The Rev. Susan S. Payne St. James, Magnolia, Ark. August 21, 2011 10th Sunday After Pentecost Year A, Proper 16 A parishioner told me this story last week: “My husband and I were having dinner with our children and grandchildren a few weeks ago,” she said. “The topic turned, inevitably these days, to the economy. We were surprised when one … 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