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

Letting Go of Self

The Rev. Scott Walters Christ Church, Little Rock October 16, 2011 18th Sunday after Pentecost Proper 24A Have you ever tried really hard to see something that you can’t? I’ll bet you have. Early in our lives it’s the refrigerator light. You wonder if it’s always on or if the appliance mysteriously knows that you’re coming after the milk. Eventually, … Read More

In God’s Image

The Rev. Scott Trotter St. Stephen’s, Blytheville, and Calvary, Osceola Proper 24A Exodus 33:12-23; Psalm 99; 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Matthew 22:15-22 I want you to pretend, that you are the President of the United States. You are walking down the halls of congress when you see: Mitch McConnell, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner headed your direction. You can … 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

Being Known By God

The Rev. John Drymon Saint Paul’s, Batesville, Ark. October 16, 2011 The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost Proper 24, Year A Isaiah 45:1-7 In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. As tempting a text as this morning’s Gospel is, especially since most of you should have received your pledge cards in the … 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

Sing to the Lord a New Song

The Rev. Betsy Porter St. James Episcopal Church, Eureka Springs, Ark. October 16, 2011 18 Pentecost Proper 24 Matthew 22:15-22 There is nothing so certain as taxes except maybe death. The Pharisees and the Herodians knew this when they tried to trap Jesus in today’s gospel. “Is it right to pay taxes, to render tribute to Caesar?”, they asked him. … Read More