Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The Rev. Scott Trotter St Stephen’s, Blytheville; Calvary, Osceola Aug. 2011 Year A, Proper 17 Exodus 3:1-15; Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c; Romans 12:9-21; Matthew 16:21-28 Last week, we heard Jesus declare Peter to be rock on which he will build his church, and that the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. That’s about as high praise as one … Read More

Bushes and Crosses

The Rev. Lowell E. Grisham, Rector St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Fayetteville, Ark. August 28, 2011 Proper 17, Year A, Track 1 Exodus 3:1-15 – Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law Jethro, the priest of Midian; he led his flock beyond the wilderness, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to … Read More

Resistance Is Futile

The Rev. Canon Jason Alexander St. Mark’s, Hope August 28, 2011 Proper 17, Year A Matthew 16:21-28 It’s official. School has begun. Across the state of Arkansas teachers are welcoming new flocks of eager learners. Classrooms are clean and stocked with arts and crafts supplies. Bulletin boards are freshly decorated with wavy borders and brightly colored butcher paper backgrounds. Children … Read More

Rebuke and Renewal

The Rev. John Drymon Saint Paul’s, Batesville The Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost Proper 17, Year A August 28, 2011 Matthew 16:21-28 In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. As you may remember from last week’s Gospel, blessed Peter—who seemed to have made a career out of getting Jesus’ message wrong—finally got … Read More

Getting Past Our Fear of Change

The Rev. Kate Alexander Christ Episcopal Church, Little Rock, Ark. August 28, 2011 Proper 17, Year A Matthew 16:21-28 According to members of my extended family, Little Rock has officially arrived. It depends on how one defines that, of course. For some it has to do with which headliners come to the Verizon Arena, or what Broadway shows come to … Read More