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

Wrestling with God

Fr. Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville July 31, 2011 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 13 Genesis 32:22-31; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21 Jacob is in trouble, real trouble. For all his life he has schemed and connived his way and save once or twice come out ahead. And though he has two wives, a covey of children, a household … Read More

On the Far Side of Jabbok

Rev. Tom Baker St Stephen’s, Horseshoe Bend, Ark. July 31, 2011 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 13 Genesis 32:22-31 From 1993 until 2002 I ministered as a hospice chaplain working with the dying and their families. All through those years when ever I would go to a party I would remind myself not to talk too much about … Read More

Something Old, Something New

Rev. Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville and Calvary, Osceola July 24, 2011 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 12 Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11; Romans 8:26-39; Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 As a rule I’m not fond of the times when the lectionary chops up scripture and stitches it back together. This morning’s Gospel is an exception. First, it actually allows us … Read More