The Third Treasure

Ray Brown July 24, 2011 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 12 When I was in college I read a little book titled, Through Gates of Splendor.  Written by Elizabeth Elliott, it was the story of her husband Jim and their life together as missionaries deep in a jungle in South America.  In it she tells how her husband … Read More

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!

Rev. Mary Vano St. Margaret’s, Little Rock, Ark. July 24, 2011 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 12 Matthew 13: 31-33, 44-52 There’s a funny little social debate that has arisen in the last generation or so as the result of developing technology. When you’re expecting a baby, do you choose to be surprised? I always find the commentary around … 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

The Need for Nimble Imaginations

Rev. Scott Walters Christ Church, Little Rock July 24, 2011 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 12 Genesis 29:15-28 Going to camp is an old strategy for getting away from it all. But you should know that rules are not among the things from which campers get away. Here’s what I mean. Imagine your own day beginning with a … Read More

Modern Family

The Rev. Canon Jason Alexander Holy Cross, West Memphis, and Grace Church, Wynne July 24, 2011 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 12, Year A Genesis 29:15-28 Occasionally there will be a TV show that captures the attention of both my wife and me. Most of the time our tastes differ. Typically, she’ll unwind watching real estate shows on HGTV or … Read More

On Prayer

Rev. John Drymon Saint Paul’s, Batesville July 24, 2011 Sixth Sunday after Pentecost Year A, Proper 12 1 Kings 3:5-12; Romans 8:26-39 There are few things as potentially amusing and as potentially instructive as listening to a small child pray. It is typically a mix of both the amusingly selfish and the inspiringly selfless, expressing those two truths about all … Read More

Our Daily Bread

Bishop Larry R. Benfield Emmanuel, Lake Village, and St. Paul’s, McGehee July 24, 2011 Year A Proper 12 Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52 All that bread consists of is flour, yeast, water, salt, and perhaps some sort of fat, either solid or liquid, if you want to increase the bread’s keeping quality. You mix these ingredients together, let the dough rise, bake … Read More