Hold On!

Rev. Lowell E. Grisham St. Paul’s, Fayetteville, Ark. July 31, 2011 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Proper 13, Year A Genesis 32:22-31 The same night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maids, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. He took them and sent them across the stream, and likewise everything that he … 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

The Apostle’s Anguish

Rev. John Drymon St. Paul’s, Batesville July 31, 2011 Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Proper 13, Year A Romans 9:1-5 It is a bit difficult making sense of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans if we only read the letter as it is presented to us in church. This shouldn’t surprise us. If one were to receive a letter (which happens less … 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