A Community of Redemption

The Rev. Pat Barker Trinity Church, Searcy Oct. 30, 2011 Proper 26A A Roman Catholic theologian wrote a book some time ago entitled “Models of the Church.” He claimed that there are various models in peoples’ minds that shape their expectations of and responses to the church. His list of models included: institution, communion, sacrament, herald, and servant. There are … Read More

The Love of God

Pat Barker Trinity Episcopal, Searcy, Ark. October 23, 2011 Proper 25A This is the final episode in Matthew where we see the leaders of the religious/political establishment directly challenge Jesus. Jesus was becoming popular with the crowds, and the elite were getting nervous. They needed to embarrass him in front of the crowds; or get him to say something that … Read More

Render Unto Caesar …

Pat Barker Trinity Church, Searcy Oct. 16, 2011 18th Sunday After Pentecost “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s” is one of Jesus’ sayings that has crept into popular culture. More often than not, however, we forget the incident that this saying comes from, and so, what Jesus originally meant by … Read More