Joy to the World

Rev. Tom Baker St. John’s Church, Harrison, AR December, 24 2011 The Nativity of the Lord Luke 2: 1-20 I call them “submariners” my friend said with a smile on her face. A submariner is what she calls the people who surface twice a year and come to church on Easter and Christmas. Even though she meant it as a … Read More

We All Yearn

The Rev. Tom Baker St. Andrew’s, Mountain Home Nov. 27, 2011 Advent 1B Mark 13:24-37 From generation to generation Israel experienced exile and occupation. The Egyptians, the worshipers of Baal, and the Romans all made the Jewish people feel as if they were in a long, cold, dark winter. They waited for the Messiah like one waits for spring and … Read More

Yearning for the Promise

The Rev. Tom Baker St. Andrew’s, Mountain Home, Ark Nov. 27, 2011 First Sunday in Advent, Year B Mark 13:24-37 From generation to generation Israel experienced exile and occupation. The Egyptians, worshipers of Baal, the Romans all made the Jewish people feel as if they were in a long, cold, dark winter. They waited for the Messiah like one waits … Read More

The Talent of Trust

The Rev. Tom Baker St. John’s, Harrison, AR November 13, 2011 Year A, Proper 28 Matthew 25:14-30 I don’t know about you but I am not the most patient person and I don’t know too many people who like to wait. We live, after all, in an instant society. Microwaves make a whole dinner in just a few minutes. Look … 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

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

Milkbone Underwear

The Rev. Tom Baker St. Stephen’s Church, Horseshoe Bend, Ark. September 18, 2011 Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 20 Matthew 20:1-16 The old TV series “Cheers” was about a group of friends who worked or gathered at a bar in Boston. There was the bar’s owner Sam; his girl friend Diane; the not so smart bartender Woody and his wise … 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

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 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