Jesus, Is That You?

The Rev. Tom Baker St. Stephen’s Church, Horseshoe Bend, Ark. August 14, 2011 Proper 15, Year A Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28 As a child every night as I climbed the stairs to go to bed I passed by a picture of The Sacred Heart of Jesus. The picture depicts Jesus standing among the clouds, surrounded by angels, as his cloak billows … 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

On Holy Silence

The Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s, Batesville August 7, 2011 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 14, Year A 1 Kings 19:9-18 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. As many of you know, I spent last week at Camp Mitchell (our diocesan church camp) with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders from … Read More

The Catcher

Rev. Tom Baker St. Andrew’s, Mountain Home, Ark. August 7, 2011 Year A, Proper 14 Matthew 14:22-33 A man goes to work like he has for years. He’s asked to report to the office only to learn that due to cut backs he’s been laid off. He’s afraid if he’ll be able to support his family and find another job … Read More

Walking on the Water

The Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock August 7, 2011 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 14 Matthew 14:22-33 On July 20, 1969, the world listened to those incredible words spoken by Neil Armstrong: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, and though many … Read More

Get Out of the Boat

The Rev. Canon Paul McLain Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Little Rock August 7, 2011 Eighth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 13 Matthew 14:22-33 The writer John Updike once compared writing novels and poems to writing literary criticism, which is writing about novels and poems, by saying, “Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing … Read More