Luke 9: 28-45

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Recommended Resources

{Based on requests from several members (although I am reluctant to do so since my favorites may not be those of others), I am listing here some of my own favorite resources. FWIW!!]
  • Behind the Veil of Everyday Life

    by Daniel Clendenin
    ("On November 10, 2008, Eben Alexander was admitted to the Lynchburg General Hospital emergency room with excruciating back pain. Within four hours he slipped into a deep coma that lasted seven days. At the end of those seven days, he opened his eyes and thrashed around in bed. After the doctor removed his ventilator, Alexander took his first unassisted breath in a week..." and other quotes)
  • Glistering Jesus

    by D. Mark Davis
    includes lots of Greek exegesis!
  • *Transfiguration

    by Jerry Fuller, OMI
    ("We'll call her Rosemary. She tells of losing her mother, whom she called, 'her dearest friend', to cancer. Always supportive, Rosemary's mother clapped loudest at her daughter's school plays, held a box of tissues while listening to her first heartbreak, comforted her at her father's death, encouraged her in college, and prayed for her, her entire life..." and other illustrations - good stuff!)
  • *The Transfiguration

    by Jerry Fuller, OMI
    ("This past Christmas a wicker basket was placed beside the altar at Blessed Sacrament Church in Bridgeport, Connecticut. One morning, an anonymous donor placed in the basket his gift: a gun. On Christmas Eve, Blessed Sacrament and the churches in Bridgeport began 'Guns for Bells'..." and several quotes)
  • Transfiguration Moments

    by Sil Galvan
    A woman named Mary Ann Bird relates, 'I grew up knowing I was different, and I hated it. I was born with a cleft palate, and when I started school, my classmates made it clear to me how I must look to others: a little girl with a misshapen lip, crooked nose, lopsided teeth and garbled speech...
  • Transfiguration (C)

    by Bill Loader
  • Do You Have a Minute?

    by Larry Patten
    ("John Lennon's Beautiful Boy appeared on his album Double Fantasy, released in mid-November of 1980. I suspect the right-before-Thanksgiving date was market strategy, a plan for hitching a ride on the Christmas sales. Three weeks after the record hit the stores, Lennon was murdered. And a beautiful boy became a fatherless child..." and discussion of interruptions)
  • Exegetical Notes

    by Brian Stoffregen
    (excellent exegesis with several quotes)
  • *Illustrations, Quotes and Lectionary Reflections (Transfiguration)

    by Various Authors
    ("Ted Wardlaw, President of Austin Seminary, said this in his charge to the class of 2004: 'Meryl Streep, one of my all-time favorite actresses, gave the baccalaureate address a few years ago at Vassar, and in it she said, "You're going out into the real world. Do not expect the real world to be like college..." - lots of good stuff here!!)

Narrative Sermons

  • Transfiguration

    Narrative Sermon by Nathan Mattox
    ("One evening, a week after our master had asked us who we believed he was, we were all slumbering in a grove of trees outside Cesarea Phillippi. The night had the chill of crisp air and I had not yet drifted into sleep...")
  • Transfiguration Sunday

    Story Sermon by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    ("'Where can I see God?' It was a question Eliezer asked everyone he met, as he wandered the world in his quest to meet God, to actually see God face to face. But in response to his question, Eliezer received few answers. Most people had no answer at all for him; many scoffed at him for even asking such a question, and undertaking such a quest...")

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from 2019 to 2021

  • Fully Awake and Frightened

    by Jim Chern
    What makes you fully awake and frightened? Friday afternoon – a group of members from Newman Catholic at Montclair State and I were driving back from an area of Appalachia in Eastern Kentucky where we had been on mission all week – helping an organization called Christian Appalachian Project in rebuilding homes for people struggling to make ends meet in one of the poorest, neediest areas of our entire nation. One (of many) blessings was the partial “social media” and “regular media” fast we were on. I don’t think any of us realize how the 24/7 news cycle with one horrific, outrageous, gross story after another – with people being able to amplify or share those things with their opinions – the effect that has on us mentally and spiritually. . . A week away from that was incredibly refreshing. But with 12 hours on the road in a van as we made our way back to New Jersey – very quickly we got all caught up from the week as we shared stories with each other: “Oh my God – there was a terrorist attack in New Zealand at a Mosque where 49 people were killed.” “Did you see this story about the scandal of how people got into college?” “Wait a minute… when was there a plane crash?” “Did you hear about this athlete, this celebrity who killed themselves…” So much senselessness, hatred and evil, So much sadness – so many things that can cause you to feel fully awake and frightened...
  • Fuel for the Fire

    by Nicholas Crowe, OP
    I once heard a sermon in which the priest spoke about a very strong childhood memory: his parents had taken him to visit a church and he was overwhelmed by the beauty of a stained-glass window which depicted the communion of saints. He asked his parents ‘who are these people?’ His parents replied: ‘they are the saints.’ And as a small child this priest got the idea that the saints are people who are filled with light. I like this story: it rings true to me. When I think about the holy people that I have met in my life it does seem like there was a kind of light shining out from them...
  • The Best Day Ever

    by Mary Ellen Helms
    I did learn there is a Spongebob Squarepants episode of the same name. Wikipedia describes the show in detail! In the episode, our protagonist (Spongebob) sets off with plans for the BEST DAY EVER but instead, his friends keep needing big favors from him. In his kind and compassionate way, Spongebob puts his own plans on hold and comes to the aid of Sandy, Patrick, and Squidward. Feeling sorry for himself at the end of the episode, Spongebob prepares to give a speech about how his friends had taken his BEST DAY EVER and turned it on its head. Instead, his friends remind him that the perfect day may not exist, instead he spent the day helping others. Spongebob wraps up the episode singing his song, “The Best Day Ever” over and over again. When Squidward asks Mr. Krabs how long they have to keep up the performance, Mr. Krabs replies, “Just ’til his little heart gives out, Squidward. Just ’til his little heart gives out.”
  • Transfiguration (C)(2019)

    by Scott Hoezee
    Frederick Buechner once mused that maybe the oddness of the Transfiguration is not so odd after all. It is interesting to note that although Luke tells us that Jesus’ garments shone as bright as a flash of lightning, we are not told that Jesus’ face shone, only that it “changed.” In the Greek this is literally that the EIDOS of his face changed, the image, the appearance, of his face was altered. How so? We’re not told, but it seems that maybe the true image of God, the image of the Son, the spittin’ image of the Son who was his Father all over again—maybe this is what shone through in a way the disciples managed to miss seeing most days. But then we all often miss seeing this in each other as often as not. Scripture assures us that we were all created in the image of God, but as we hustle past people in the malls, as we jostle next to them on the train, as we get annoyed with them when they crowd us in our airplane seat, we miss it. But as Buechner says, there are moments of transfiguration in all our lives. No, not exactly on a par with what happened to Jesus but still...
  • Beyond the Veil

    by Dawn Hutchings
    Back in November of 2015, my Mom, who lives in Vancouver, fell. The fall was the cumulative effect of years and years of ill health, which for all sorts of reasons my Mom was unable to face; ill health that my family has fretted over and worried about. But no matter how hard we tried, it took a fall to get my Mom into the hospital. Many of you know the pain of living thousands and thousands of kilometers away from loved ones. The telephone rings and suddenly your life is turned upside down as you anxiously try to decide if you should book a flight, pack a bag, and rush to the bedside of someone you love. As I was agonizing over whether I should or shouldn’t rush out to Vancouver, my brother called and said that I needed to come right away. The sound of my brother’s voice cracking in mid-sentence convinced me to move heaven and earth in order to race to Vancouver, in order to sit at what we were now convinced would be my mother’s deathbed...
  • What Do the Transfiguration and Hiroshima Day Share?

    by Dawn Hutchings
    Desmond Tutu tells the story of a so-called colored woman who was driven from her home and ostracized by her family because she had HIV/AIDS. She came to live in a home for people who suffered from the disease, and there were white men there who would help her because she couldn’t do anything herself. She was all skin and bones. They would carry her like a baby and wash her, bathe her, feed her. Then they would put her in front of a television set and hold her. And this was during the apartheid years. I visited this home and said, “What an incredible lesson in loving and compassion and caring.” It was transfiguring something ugly, letting something beautiful come from a death-making disease. When God sees that, a smile breaks forth on God’s face and God smiles through the tears. It’s like when the sun shines through the rain. The world may never know about these little transfigurations, but these little acts of love are potent.
  • Why Is Our Prayer Met with God's Silence?

    by Terrance Klein
    The poem “In a Country Church” was penned by the Anglican priest and poet, R. S. Thomas. A man enters an empty church. It is a cold day in the start of winter. He is seeking God. The same act is repeated countless times each day in churches all over the world, ever since there have been churches. Here is a question to bring to the poem. Does the one who comes to this empty church seeking God find his Lord? To one kneeling down no word came, Only the wind’s song, saddening the lips Of the grave saints, rigid in glass; Or the dry whisper of unseen wings, Bats not angels, in the high roof. Was he balked by silence? He kneeled long And saw love in a dark crown Of thorns blazing, and a winter tree Golden with fruit of a man’s body. Was something of God’s glory seen in this empty, wintry church? “To one kneeling down no word came.” Yet this seeker has come, most likely, many times before. Was he expecting to hear a voice from heaven?...
  • Transfiguration

    by Beth Quick
    In The Silver Chair, we meet Jill, who almost immediately makes a series of mistakes. Beyond mistakes, actually. She does some things that are hurtful. But nonetheless, she finds herself in the magical land of Narnia on a high, high mountain, and face to face with Aslan, the Great Lion, who is the Christ-figure in the series. Aslan overwhelms her. She barely knows how to be or act around him. But she wants to be there, with him, on the mountain. But instead, Aslan sends her down to the land, with a mission, actions she has to take to undo some of the harm she has caused. Aslan gives her careful instructions to follows, and Signs she will encounter to help her carry out her mission. As she is traveling, floating down off the mountain into the world, Aslan speaks these words to her. "I give you a warning," he says, "Here on the mountain I have spoken to you clearly: I will not often do so down in Narnia. Here on the mountain, the air is clear and your mind is clear; as you drop down into Narnia, the air will thicken. Take great care that it does not confuse your mind. And the Signs which you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look, when you meet them there. That is why it is so important to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances. Remember the Signs and believe the Signs. Nothing else matters."...
  • Wibbly-Wobbly, Timey-Wimey Transfiguration

    by Matt Rawle
    Sometimes a child falls down and skins a knee or elbow, then runs crying to his mother. The mother picks up the child and says--in what is the oldest myth in the world--Let me kiss it and make it better, as if mother has magic saliva or something. She picks up the child, kisses the skinned place, holds the child in her lap, and all is well. Did her kiss make it well? No. It was that ten minutes in her lap. Just sit in the lap of love and see the mother crying. Mother, why are you crying? the child says. I'm the one who hurt my elbow. Because you hurt, the mother says, I hurt. That does more for a child than all the bandages and all the medicine, in all the world. So what is the cross? It is to sit for a few minutes on the lap of God, who hurts because you hurt . . . I have to preach that. Peter . . . I have to do this. Without this journey, the world will never be healed.
  • Seeing as God Sees: Transfiguration in a 12-Step Recovery Program

    by Michael Simone, SJ
    Many years ago, at a 12-step recovery meeting, I saw someone transfigured. The recovery group met in the basement of a church in an urban neighborhood on the East Coast. It was a midday meeting not far from several treatment programs and halfway houses, and some of those in attendance were there by court order. One young man had attended every day for nearly a month. He spoke to no one, sat cross-armed the whole time, and kept the visor of his baseball cap pulled down low. As soon as the meeting was over, he was out the door. He kept to himself with such skill that, after a while, I stopped noticing him. The winter that year was particularly cold, and in addition to those seeking recovery, the meeting space housed several homeless people to whom the church had given shelter. One day, an elderly homeless man stood up, cried out and grabbed his chest; he was having a heart attack. The young man, who had never so much as twitched except to race to the door, immediately leapt to his side and began C.P.R. He took control of the situation and alternated calmly between caring for the stricken man and sending someone to call an ambulance. As I learned later, the young man had been a paramedic before drugs took over his life. When he saw a life in danger, his training took over and he acted to save it. As I reflected on the incident later, I realized that—for just a second—I had caught a glimpse of that young man as God sees him: a confident paramedic, skilled in his calling, a rescuer of others...
  • Unclimbed Mountain

    by Carl Wilton
    Russell Schweickart was an astronaut, who flew the lunar module for the Apollo 9 mission. Like many of his fellow astronauts, he discovered that his life UNCLIMBED MOUNTAINS11was changed by the experience of looking down at the Earth from outer space. Here’s what he said about it:“Up there you go around every hour and a half; time after time, after time, and you wake up in the morning over the mid-East, and over North Africa. You look out of your window as you’re eating breakfast — and there's the whole Mediterranean area, and Greece and Rome, and the Sinai and Israel. And you realize that what you’re seeing in one glance was the whole history of [humanity] for centuries; the cradle of civilization. You go across the Atlantic Ocean, back across North Africa. You do it again and again. You identify with Houston, and then with Los Angeles, and Phoenix and New Orleans. The next thing you know, you are starting to identify with North Africa. You look forward to it. You anticipate it. And the whole process of what you identify with begins to shift.When you go around it every hour and a half, you begin to recognize that your identity is with that whole thing. And that makes a very powerful change inside of you. As you look down you can’t imagine how many borders and boundaries you cross —again and again. And you can’t even see them. Still, you know there are thousands of people fighting over some imaginary lines down there that you can’t even see, and you wish you could say, ‘Look at that! Look at that! What’s important?’”...

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from 2016 to 2018

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from 2010 to 2015

  • Mountain Tops in Our Faith

    by Daniel Brettell
    On April 3, 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King delivered one of his most famous speeches. In his speech, Dr. King talked about the struggles of the Civil Rights movement. He talked specifically about the struggles against perceptions. He talked about dreams. But this speech was not his “I have a dream” speech. This speech talked about the realities of 1968, not about the hopes and dreams of a better future. And in this particular speech, Dr. King makes reference to how we—as Christians—sometimes get caught up in our own mountaintop experiences. In his speech, Dr. King quoted a phrase from an old spiritual. He said: “It’s all right to talk about ‘long white robes over yonder,’ in all its symbolism.” With that quotation, Dr. King is referring to the promised rewards in God’s heavenly kingdom. But he goes on to say: “But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here. It’s all right to talk about ‘streets flowing with milk and honey,’ but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can’t eat three square meals a day. It’s all right to talk about the new Jerusalem, but one day, God’s preachers must talk about the New York, the new Atlanta, the new Philadelphia, the new Los Angeles, the new Memphis, Tennessee. This is what we have to do.”...
  • Reflecting Glory

    by Christopher Burkett
    ("Faded Glory. When I first saw that brand name on a pair of jeans, I thought to myself, 'Who is going to want to wear something called Faded Glory?' Of course perhaps Walmart aren't aiming their range at me! Nevertheless I think it a pretty counterintuitive kind of name...")
  • Mountaintops and Intersections

    by Robert Chase
    ("Intersections is a permanent, multi-faith initiative of the Collegiate Church of New York. Our mandate is to bring people together who differ, to forge common ground for justice, reconciliation and peace. There's a great hunger out there to find places where our voices can be heard, our stories honored, and where we can make authentic connections that deepen our experience of community and citizenry...")
  • Who Are We Listening To?

    by Jim Chern
    ("There once was a Native American boy who, at the age of 16, as was the custom of his tribe, sent out into the wilderness - alone for 30 days. Throughout those 30 days, the young man would have to take care of himself, make his own shelter, find his own food, defend himself against wild animals. After the thirty days were completed, the men of the tribe would search for the boy out...")
  • Transfiguration Sunday

    by Delmer Chilton
    ("Dr. B.S. Brown was pastor of Lutheran Chapel in China Grove, NC from 1945 to 1960. I was pastor there from 1984-1985. I found one of his old, hand-written sermons in the archives. It was about his first car, which he got in 1920, while pastoring near Johnson City TN, deep in the Smokey Mountains. He talks about going on a trip to Knoxville. Often times he had to drive along in creek beds because there was no road, backing up hills because his Model-T had a gravity feed fuel system...")
  • Always Another Climb

    by Robert Dunham
    ("A few years back, I read Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods, a wonderfully funny story about the author's attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail. Early in the book Bryson described his first day of hiking, which began on the gently sloping access trails that lead to the trailhead on Springer Mountain in north Georgia...")
  • How's Your Vision?

    by Steve Goodier
    ("One woman laughs about the time she took her 14-year-old daughter and her daughter's best friend to a Peter, Paul and Mary concert. When they returned home, her daughter said, 'During the show, we looked back and saw hundreds of little lights swaying to the music. At first we thought the people were holding up cigarette lighters. Then we realized that the lights were the reflections off all the eyeglasses in the audience'...")
  • Ordinary Holiness

    by H. Julian Gordy
    ("Today is Valentines Day. Now science can explain why most men are attracted to women and vice versa. It's an evolutionary, biological, hard-wired need to preserve the species perhaps. Or it's hormones. Or it's a psychological predisposition. Or it's social or cultural training. Or it's some combination of those realities. Science can explain sexual attraction...")
  • Transfiguration

    by Scott Hoezee
    ("Frederick Buechner once mused that maybe the oddness of the is not so odd after all. It is interesting to note that although Luke tells us that Jesus' garments shone as bright as a flash of lightning, we are not told that Jesus' face shone, only that it 'changed'...")
  • Astounding Glory

    by Kate Huey
    (includes several quotes and sample sermon)
  • The Real Jesus

    by James Kegel
    Dr Fredrik Schiotz was president of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the American Lutheran Church. Once he was visiting New Guinea and noticed that when he said the word "Jesus," the people's faces would light up and they would smile. He asked them why they loved Jesus so and one man answered, "It is easy to answer your question. Before the missionaries came to us, we lived a life of fear. For us it seemed as though evil spirits were everywhere: in the woods, in the grass and the stones. If we built a new house and someone said that an evil spirit had moved into the house, we would not dare spend the night in it. Then the missionaries came to us. They taught about God and about Jesus. And when we opened our lives to him, our fears disappeared." And then he beams, "That's why we love Jesus!" Dr. Schiotz added, "I could see the whole congregation supported his witness. It was worth going to New Guinea to hear this Christian proclaim his love for Jesus whose presence displaces fear."...
  • Neat, Pat, Cheap Endings

    by Terrance Klein
    ("Billy Wilder's movie The Lost Weekend, about the suicide of an alcoholic author, won the 1946 Academy Award for Best Picture. Wilder also garnered that year's Oscar for Best Director, and Ray Milland won Best Actor, portraying the final days of a binging alcoholic. The film gained a fourth Oscar: Wilder and Charles Bracket won for best screenplay...")
  • *But in the REAL World...

    by Linda Kraft
    ("About a year ago, my sister out in Iowa moved to a different house in the town where she's lived for nearly 20 years. I couldn't imagine her new neighborhood even though I'd visited the small town many times. But there's this remarkable invention called a computer that made it possible for me to go there without ever leaving my home...")
  • *Throwing Light on the Subject

    by James McCrea
    ("a couple of years ago a severe earthquake hit Japan. Afterwards, rescuers began the difficult and emotionally-draining work of digging through the rubble to look for survivors. When they reached the ruins of a young woman's house, they saw her dead body through the cracks in the debris. But something about her pose caught their eyes. She was kneeling like a person in worship with her body was leaning forward..." and other illustrations)
  • Listen to Him

    by Philip McLarty
    Once upon a time in a land far away there lived a young prince who was enamored with a young princess in a neighboring kingdom. He wanted to meet her, but he was afraid if she saw him up close she would be frightened. That's because his face was badly disfigured. One day he went to the king's tailor to be fitted for a new suit of clothes, and the tailor asked him, "Why are you so sad?" The prince told him that he wanted to meet the princess and win her affection, but he knew she would never find him attractive, as hideous as he was. The tailor smiled and said, "No problem. I'll make a mask for you. Then she will see you as the most handsome prince who has ever lived." And he did. Sure enough, when the prince put on the mask, he was, indeed, the most handsome prince you can imagine. The prince then journeyed to the neighboring kingdom to meet the fair young princess. And wouldn't you know it? It was love at first sight. He was, without a doubt, the charming young prince of her dreams. They courted day in and day out. He brought her gifts, wrote her poetry and sang songs to her. In return, she gave him her heart. But with one condition: That he take off the mask. The prince thought surely her love for him would die when she saw how ugly he was, but then, what else could he do? Slowly, he peeled back the mask. She smiled all the more and kissed him on the cheek and said, "Oh, you are even more handsome than I imagined." Astonished, he reached for a mirror, and when he looked at the reflection of his face, he saw the image of the mask he'd been wearing. His muscles and skin had so conformed to its shape that he had become the very person he had so hoped to be. They were married shortly thereafter and soon had children of their own, every bit as beautiful and handsome as they...
  • There's More

    by Rick Miles
    An eleven year old boy named Landon stood in front of his Mom one day and said, “I wish I could write a letter to Luke.” The mother could see the tears her son was trying not to shed. Nine months before, Landon’s friend Luke had died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage. Landon’s grief was deep, unreachable. His mother longed to ease his pain, though she could do nothing except hold him as he wept. Maybe, she thought, writing a letter was a good idea. She handed Landon paper and colored pencils. “Tell Luke how much you miss him and how much you love him. Tell him you haven’t forgotten him.” Landon wrote the letter; a long one. The completed paper was a work of art. He wrote each line in a different color and carefully drew an elaborate border around the edge. It was a love letter…a message from earth to heaven. Landon folded the paper carefully, and together with his Mom asked God to give Luke its message. But it wasn’t enough. “What I really want to do is tie my letter to a balloon,” said Landon. “I know it can’t really get to heaven, but…” He left the sentence unfinished. His mother drove him to a party supply store. There, Landon chose a neon pink helium balloon to carry his letter...
  • Whoever Goes Up, Must Come Down

    by David Mosser
    ("I heard an amusing story about former heavyweight boxer James (Quick) Tillis. He was a cowboy from Oklahoma who also boxed in Chicago in the 1980's. He remarked about his first day in Chicago arriving from Tulsa. 'I got off the bus with two cardboard suitcases under my arms in downtown Chicago and stopped in front of the Sears Tower. I put my suitcases down, and I looked up at the Tower and I said to myself, 'I'm going to conquer Chicago.' When I looked down, the suitcases were gone. The term 'faded glory' caused a number of images to come to mind, none of which are very positive...")
  • Visioning Salvation from Our Violence

    by Paul Nuechterlein
    The setting of "God on Trial" is one of the most hellish places ever of human cruelty, a Jewish barracks in the Nazi death-camp of Auschwitz. God’s people, in that terrible setting, are asking why God has apparently abandoned them, so they put God to the trial, so to speak. Near the end, a learned Rabbi of wide reputation finally breaks his silence and speaks. The traditionalist Jews expect him to defend God. But, instead he begins to ask even more troubling questions about their history, the Passover included. “How did the Lord God, Adonai, bring us out of Egypt?” he asks. Plagues; and he recites the first nine plagues. “Finally,” he continues, “God struck down the first born, from the heir of Pharaoh to the slave at the mill. He slew them all. Did he slay Pharaoh? No. Pharaoh was the one who said “No” to Adonai but God let him live and slew the children. All the children. Did the mothers of Egypt think that Adonai was just?” Another Jewish scholar answers, “But Adonai is our God.” To which the learned rabbi replies: “Did God not make the Egyptians. Did he not make their rivers and their crops grow? If not Adonai, then who? Some other god? And what did he make them for? To punish them? To starve, to frighten, and to slaughter them? The people of Egypt, what was it like when Adonai turned against them? It was like this.”
  • Facetime and Facebook

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    ("In Asian cultures 'face' is everything. 'Face' is arguably the most positive social value a person can claim. One's 'face' is the combination of honor, reputation, responsibility, prestige, and worthiness that one must maintain within all social interactions. To 'lose face' is to behave in such a way that every aspect of one's being - social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual - is diminished, disfigured, disgraced...")
  • Seeing the Light

    by Alex Thomas
    (" Victor Frankl, the psychiatrist, writing on his experiences in a Nazi prison during the Second World War talks at one point about the effect of seeing the light from a distant farmhouse at dawn. He describes it in this way: 'We were at work in a trench. The dawn was grey around us; grey was the sky above; grey the snow in the pale light of dawn..." and other illustrations)
  • What's the Meaning of This?

    by Alex Thomas
    ("There are many people today who find a reason to celebrate in ordinary happenings in their day to day lives. They continually look for the meaning behind a simple experience. Some people are actually finding something to celebrate in a trip to the grocery store or a cup of coffee in a coffee shop. Life takes on new dimensions..." and another quote)
  • Getting to the Top

    by Keith Wagner
    ("There once was a young woman who had a baby boy. Just after the boy was baptized, a ragged old man came to her and offered to grant her one wish. Thinking only of the best of her son, the woman wished that her son would always be loved by everyone he met. The old man said, "So be it," and vanished. It turned out just as he said it would..." and another illustration)
  • A Mountain High

    by Keith Wagner
    ("Nido Qubein tells the story about a business man whose dime store prospered. But, one day he was taken ill and his life would be ending soon. He called his three adult children together and gave them this challenge: 'One of you will be president of my company and to determine which one I am giving you each one dollar..." and another illustration)

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from 2007 to 2009

  • *Transfiguration Sunday

    by Nancy Bresette
    ("A story is told of a man who dreamed he was in heaven. He found himself in God's office. One office wall was a huge window looking down on earth. The earth was beautiful with its blue waters, green forests, and white clouds. There was a pair of glasses on the table..." and another illustration)
  • Last Sunday after Epiphany

    by Thomas Chu
    ("Consider the growth of a bulb into a tulip. Before it is planted, it doesn?t look like much at all, something like a Spanish onion. Yet so much of what is essential to what it is to become is already lurking inside of this inanimate lump. With the right combination of soil, water, light, and weather, there will be a moment when it is transformed from something that seems to sleep under the ground into something that lives and breathes above the ground...")
  • The When of God...

    by George Cushman
    ("Theresa of Avila, who was a spiritual writer and guide in the church. According to my professor, Theresa was riding her horse when she came to a stream. The horse did not want to cross, but Theresa kept pushing it to do so. Finally, the horse had enough and threw Theresa off its back and into the water...")
  • Peaks and Plains

    by Patricia de Jong
    ("Maurya Simon is a poet who sees the God in the ordinary, alive with beauty and power. In her poem 'Vermeer's Women,' she discusses ordinary radiance, the transcendent light amidst every day life. How absent-mindedly they hold the light that bathes them, the light chilled against the air before it warms their skins, Before it enters their calm bodies and Tenderly occupies their faces...")
  • Seeing Things in a New Light

    by Charles Duvall
    ("There was a famous monastery which once had been full of monks and visitors seeking spiritual guidance. But the monastery had fallen on dry years when their spirituality level was very low. Few pilgrims came to seek guidance, and few young people gave themselves to become monks. At last, there was only a handful of elderly monks going about their work, their prayer, their study with heavy hearts...")
  • Mountaintop Experience

    by Dan Ebbens
    ("Catch Me If You Can portrays the amazing, yet disturbing, life of crime the young Abagnale was engaged in during the late 1960's. At the tender age of 16, Frank ran away from home after having many difficulties surrounding his parents divorce and financial problems. The need to survive, coupled with his amazing intelligence, directed him toward a life of fraud as a con artist...")
  • The Dial and the Switch: Recognizing the Moments of God's Special Visitation

    by Pam Fickenscher
    ("As our world becomes increasingly aware of climate change, specialists in the field talk of the 'the dial and the switch'. Scientists agree that the mean temperature is rising, and all that remains to be seen is the degree of the change and its impact in each part of the world...")
  • Encouragement

    by Vince Gerhardy
    ("Eric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea was an unlikely hero of the Sydney Olympic Games. The 22-year-old African had only learned to swim a few months before the Olympics, had only practiced in a 20 metre pool without lane markers, and had never raced more than 50 metres..." and another illustration)
  • Lent 2

    by Andrew Greeley
    ("Once there was a scientist who believed in nothing at all. He enjoyed especially putting down those who had near death experiences in which they were revived after they clinically died. It was all brain chemistry, he insisted, an evolutionary adjustment for a species that was conscious of its own mortality...")
  • *Secrets

    by Donald Hoffman
    ("Once upon a time a little girl, and a dog, and a scarecrow, a tinman, and a lion went to see a great and powerful wizard. And the wizard appeared as a glowing face, and gushes of flame, and a loud voice. But of course, this only worked as long as you paid no attention to the man behind the curtain. And you and I know exactly how great and powerful that wizard turned out to be...")
  • Lifting the Veil

    by Beth Johnston
    ("Do you ever watch Touched by an Angel? As those of you who are or were regular watchers will know, in every episode there is problem of some sort; most likely, someone has lost his or her way. Monica, Andrew, Tess or one of the other angels comes along, posing as a neighbour, friend or co-worker and tries to show them the way...")
  • *Shine Like the Sun

    by Paul Larsen
    ("A pastor shared a story on the internet. He says, 'We have a beautiful "Christmas Cactus" which I gave to my wife as a gift many years ago. It has accompanied us through tough years and good times. But it almost died. As the small plant grew, we transferred it to a larger pot. It did well for about twenty years, but then began to die..." and other illustrations)
  • Mountains, Valleys and Plains

    by Edward Markquart
    ("I like the quotation by Henry Drummond, the Scottish theologian when he said, 'God does not make the mountains in order to be inhabited. God does not make the mountaintops for us to live on the mountaintops. It is not God's desire that we live on the mountaintops..")
  • Jesus Christ and Superman

    by Edward Markquart
    ("Clark Kent would duck off into the bushes or telephone booth, and start to pull off his clothes. Suddenly, suddenly, out from the bushes, out from the telephone booth, would come, not Clark Kent, but would come Superman. Clark Kent transfigured...")
  • Visions on a Mountaintop

    by Edward Markquart
    ("Al was over at the retirement center, the Good Samaritan, with his wife Cora, demented through Alzheimer's. Old Man Lunde, as I affectionately called him, would come over to the retirement center every day with a bowl of ice cream to give to his wife of many decades...")
  • Listening

    by David Martyn
    Fran Ota is a United Church minister back east. She tells of sharing her own ‘nearness to God’ story with a Buddhist priest . She commented that he was the one person she could think of who would not roll his eyes at hearing such a thing. She said, “I asked him why he thinks these things happen. He said in the Buddhist way of thinking, the experiences happen when we let our guard down—that the mystical is always there waiting for us, but we have erected barriers around ourselves which prevent such things. He also told me not to try to dissect it for meaning, pick away at it or anything else—but just to let it sit. His words were “hold it in your heart. It may be years before you even catch a glimmer of understanding.”...
  • *Transfiguration

    by Robert Morrison
    ("The other day Robin Williams was interviewed on a radio programme and I was a little surprised to hear him make the profound theological point that "Change isn't a hobby". I shouldn't have been surprised by this. Robin Williams, for all his zany talk, has some impressively profound things to say and points to get across...")
  • Transfiguration

    by William Oldland
    ("The man had lost everything. He had a drug and alcohol problem. At one time he had a great job. He had a wife and family. He owned a nice house in a great neighborhood. His friends loved him and his co-workers thought he was great. When his problems first started everyone thought it was going to be alright..")
  • *Transfiguration Moments

    by Michael Phillips
    ("Price Pritchett is sitting in a quiet room at the Milcroft Inn, a peaceful little place hidden back among the pine trees about an hour out of Toronto. It’s just past noon, late July, and he’s listening to the sounds of a life or death struggle going on a few feet away. There’s a small fly burning out the last of its short life energies in a futile attempt to fly through the glass of a window pane...")
  • Trail Markers

    by James Schmitmeyer
    (scroll down to this listing) ("Most trails are easy to follow: tracks laid down on a hillside, the bent blades of grass in meadows. These trails are easy to spot and they traveled by does and fawns as they hurry from one protective stand of trees to another. But these aren’t the trails traveled by the bucks. They travel alone and are exceptionally wary. They seldom move out of dense cover. ...")
  • One Turn, Many Paths

    by James Standiford
    ("There is a story of a Swiss traveler who was looking for directions on where to turn to get to his destination. He pulls up at a bus stop where two Americans are waiting. 'Entschuldigung, koennen sie Deutsch sprechen?' The two Americans just stare at him. 'Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?' The two continue to stare..." and other illustrations)
  • A Story of Light

    by Alex Thomas
    ("If any of you have lived on the prairies you know that damage that a late spring storm can do to new growth. Our experiences in life can be like a late spring storm but we face them when we know that things will change. 'To say goodbye is like a late spring storm which comes when growth has just begun And life on the branch is lost for a season And a love is gone never to return...")
  • In a New Light

    by J. Barry Vaughn
    ("It is said that a young student came to his teacher and asked, 'Rabbi, when is dawn? Is dawn the moment when the last star fades from the sky, or is it when the sun creeps above the horizon?' The wise old teacher replied, 'No, my son. Dawn is the moment when you can look at the face of another and see not an enemy but a friend.'...")
  • Can You Hear Me?

    by Keith Wagner
    ("At age fourteen, Andrea Jaeger won her first professional tennis tournament. At age eighteen she reached the finals at Wimbledon. But when she turned nineteen she acquired a bad shoulder which ended her career. Jaeger had to listen to her body and so she quit playing tennis. She could have become bitter or discontent but instead she turned her competitive spirit into a new endeavor...")
  • Listen to Jesus

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    ("At age fourteen, Andrea Jaeger won her first professional tennis tournament. At age eighteen she reached the finals at Wimbledon. But when she turned nineteen she acquired a bad shoulder which ended her career. Jaeger had to listen to her body and so she quit playing tennis. She could have become bitter or discontent but instead she turned her competitive spirit into a new endeavor..." and other illustrations)
  • Wake-Up Time

    by Carlos Wilton
    ("I saw the world transformed, this week. Did you? I was driving along the road, a few miles north of here. I rounded a curve, and there I saw, before me, a vision of gleaming crystal. Every part of every tree, it seemed, every branch and twig, glowed with the sun. Did the artists of Waterford craft a huge, crystal sculpture of unbelievable intricacy, and place it by the side of a public highway, for all to see..." and other illustrations)
  • Images of the Transfiguration

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard
  • Transfiguration

    by Samuel Zumwalt
    ("I remember listening a number of years ago to a National Public Radio interview with the former singer/songwriter Cat Stevens. He had long since converted from a nominal Christian culture to a passionate observance of Islam, now calling himself Yusef Islam. He was in Texas at the time raising money for his Islamic schools by promoting the sale of his greatest hits CD's...")

Illustrated Resources (and Other Resources of Merit) from the Archives

  • *Sir Edmund Hillary and the Transfiguration

    Author Unknown
    ("A mountain top experience happens, when something happens to us that is inspirational or exciting or thrilling or moving, or all of the above. One of the greatest mountaintop experiences ever recorded happened on May 19, 1953. Anybody know what it was? That's right, that was the day when Sir Edmund Hillary, and his Sherpa guide, Tenzing Norgay, reached the top of Mount Everest...")
  • When Death Is an Accomplishment

    by Mark Adams
    ("History records that during the Civil War, many acts of violence were committed by both the armies of the north and the south. Once such act occurred in October of 1862 in the town of Palmyra, Missouri. According to W. E. Sutterfield, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Palmyra, the town was under military law at the time....occupied by one of the armies involved in this conflict...")
  • Jesus' Mountain Top Experience

    by Robert Allred
    ("In his popular book, The Question of God , Dr. Armand Nicholi, a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard, continually speaks of C. S. Lewis before his conversion, and the new Lewis after his transition. This is compared to another great mind of the twentieth century, Sigmund Freud, who never came to terms with basic belief in the existence of God...")
  • Fire on the Mountain

    by Mickey Anders
    ("When I first read our text for today about the dazzling light on the mountain, I immediately decided on the title, "." But after I did a little research, I discovered that I am not the only one to like that phrase. Perhaps you have heard it elsewhere. The Annotated Mother Goose records this little ditty..." and other quotes)
  • Voice from the Earthquake

    by Phil Bloom
    ("It happened during the earthquake that struck Northwest Armenia on December 7, 1998. With a 6.9 magnitude* the quake flattened buildings and killed some 25,000 people. In the muddled chaos a distressed father bolted through the winding streets leading to the school where his son had gone earlier that morning...")
  • Transfiguration

    by Sarah Dylan Breuer
    ("Have you seen Disney's Beauty and the Beast? That's a film that has a transfiguration; sometimes I imagine the glorious appearance of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus in this passage as being a little like the Beast's transfiguration at the end of the film, when he is lifted by mysterious forces and enveloped in light that erupts out from him at the moment of transformation....")
  • The Disciple Who Went Up a Mountain But Came Down a Hill

    by Kim Buchanan
    ("In the movie "The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain," two English map makers arrive at a Welsh village to measure the town's mountain. After several days of meticulous calculations, the measurers sadly report to the townsfolk that their mountain is, in fact, only a hill. It lacks the mountain designation by 16 feet...." and another illustration)
  • *Lent 2

    by Richard Budgen
    ("It reminds me of the story of two friends who lost contact with each other when they left school. One went up in the world and became a distinguished Judge; the other went down in the world and became a criminal. Years later they met again in the Judge's Court when the criminal pleaded guilty to a crime he'd committed. The Judge recognised his friend and faced a dilemma...")
  • Glimpses of Glory

    by Richard Fairchild
    ("A man took his new hunting dog on a trial hunt one day. After a while he managed to shoot a duck and it fell in the lake. The dog walked over the water, picked up the duck, and brought it to his master. The man was stunned. He didn't know what to think. He shot another duck and again, it fell into the lake and again the dog walked over the water and brought it back to his master...")
  • Transfiguration

    by Grant Gallup
    ("I went to see Pompeii, and decided to go up to the top of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that had buried the town so long ago. We went up in single seat cable chairs, which ran constantly up and down the mountain like city buses, and seemed perfectly safe and not at all alarming. Everyone was doing it. But I hadn't reckoned on the clouds...")
  • The Greatest Miracle

    by Vince Gerhardy
    ("Fred Craddock, a well known preacher and scholar, tells the story about a young pastor who visited an elderly lady who was very sick in a hospital. He entered the room and saw person lying on the bed, gasping for breath. He decided to have a short visit, not to tire her. He asked, 'Would you like me to pray for you?' She nodded yes..." and other illustrations)
  • Listen to Him!

    by Vince Gerhardy
    ("A program on the ABC called Universe focussed on the search for other forms of life. Scientists have found microbes living deep in the earth, over 50 km below the surface, well beyond sunlight and normal nutrients. Organic cells, frozen for millions of years in polar ice caps, have been revived. Bacteria have been found living on the cooling rods of nuclear reactors....")
  • Cleo the Rhino

    by Patricia Gillespie
    ("Do you know what this is? It's a little, plastic rhinoceros. She lives in my bedroom at home. Do you know what it does? Her name is Cleo and she glows in the dark. When we turn out the lights at night, there she sits, shining away like a night light...")
  • Go Find God

    by Patricia Gillespie
    ("There once was a little boy who decided he wanted to go find God. He knew it would probably be a long trip to find God, so he decided to pack a lunch, four packs of Twinkies and two cans of root beer. He set out on his journey and went a few blocks until he came to a park. In this park on a bench, sat an old woman looking at the pigeons...")
  • The Alchemy of God

    by Wayne Hilliker
    ("My own life is marked by an experience in my later teens when as a member of Montreal West United Church, I became a delegate to a national Young People's Union Conference at McMaster University in Hamilton. I don't even remember what the theme speaker said, except that somehow through the humour and humanness of his speaking or was it the intent way he looked...")
  • *Saints in Stained Glass

    by Donald Hoffman
    ("The significant fact about stained glass is that it is stained. It's impure. It's warped. The surface is not perfectly flat. So the light that passes through stained glass is incomplete. In order for stained glass to do its job, it must block most of the light that reaches it. Only a portion of the light, distorted and colored, is allowed to pass through...")
  • Do You Cry?

    by Joe Horn
    ("Do you cry? Sometimes crying hurts. Other times it feels good. In the past four years, since my ordination, I only remember crying three times. One of those times doesn't count. Determined never to grow up, I was acting like a teenager, riding a skateboard. I fell off and broke my leg in three places, and in my pain I reverted even farther and cried like a baby...")
  • Wow!!

    by David Leininger
    ("There is a true story of a 33-year-old truck driver by the name of Larry Walters who was sitting in his lawn chair in his backyard one day wishing he could fly. For as long as he could remember he had wanted to fly but he had never had the time nor money nor opportunity to be a pilot...")
  • Transfiguration

    Narrative Sermon by Nathan Mattox
    ("One evening, a week after our master had asked us who we believed he was, we were all slumbering in a grove of trees outside Cesarea Phillippi. The night had the chill of crisp air and I had not yet drifted into sleep...")
  • The Mythical Bible

    by Madeleine L'Engle
    ("Dr. Richard F. Ott in a recent article in a medical journal wrote that 'throughout time, myths have provided meaning for the life of the individual and his society. They have also provided the ability for people to experience the mystery of life by participating in the rituals of myth.'...")
  • The Most Beautiful Sight!

    by John Manzo
    ("One of the most popular people in the United States right now is a man named John Edward. John Edward is a man who calls himself, according to his website, a psychic medium, a person who can talk to the dead. My guess is that either living people aren’t interesting enough to talk to or people are trying to resolve issues that someone has, I presume, taken to the grave...")
  • Encountering the Holy

    by David Martyn
    I sat next to the hospital bed and took her hand. With a look that was a curious mixture of anxiety and peace she blurted out, “I need to tell you something I have never told anyone before.” Her life began as a failed abortion. It was in one of those small prairie towns at the beginning of the last century. A typical town, general store, livery stable, and two churches: one Roman Catholic, the other Methodist. Her family home happened to be next door to the Doctor’s home that doubled as clinic and hospital. Her mother was four to five months pregnant and the decision was made that it was either the mother’s life or the babies. And so with forceps ‘Bobbie’ was dragged into the world and left on the bed. The Doctor’s wife, childless herself, scooped up the foetus and took her home. For three months Mrs. Brown fed the infant child on formulae, every hour, on the hour. Kept ‘little Bobbie’ warm with a homemade incubator that was actually a wood stove. And ‘Bobbie’ survived. Back home she was shunned by her mother—this child that should never have been born. Bobbie remembers her grandmother saying that she was the ruination of her mother. “True,” reflected Bobbie from her hospital bed, “she was like a lot of young mothers in those days, too many children, too close together.” She remembered that her mother would put her to bed and hear her prayers, but it was her father who cared for her. To her mother she was the runt of the litter, to her father one to be cared for at all costs. And so the family moved to the city to live next to the hospital where she was a frequent visitor...
  • Hot Mountain

    by David Martyn
    ("It was late one night or early one morning, it is hard to tell the time when wakened at that hour. But the dream, perhaps it was a vision, woke me up. But it was as if I had been awake listening to the three of them talking while the rest of the disciples were asleep. I heard the full details of what Moses, Elijah and Jesus were talking about...")
  • *Dispelling Shadows

    by James McCrea
    ("In the movie The Man With Two Brains, Steve Martin plays a brain surgeon, who has fallen in love with an evil and conniving temptress. As he's wrestling internally about what to do, he stands in front of a painting of his late wife and talks to her..." and other illustrations)
  • Peak Performance

    by Carol Mumford
    ("Rick Warren tells the story of Andrei Bitov, a Russian novelist who grew up under an atheistic communist regime. One day, at 27 years old, 'while riding the metro in Leningrad, he was overcome with a great despair, so bad that life seemed to stop at once, preempting the future entirely, let alone any meaning...")
  • A Vision and Voice to Heal the Sin-Sick Soul

    by Paul Nuechterlein
    A Beautiful Mind, winner of the Best Picture Academy Award in 2001, is based on a true story about John Nash, a mathematician who won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1994, and a person who also struggled much of his lifetime with mental illness, diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. Going into the movie, I knew that it involved mental illness. But that still didn’t prepare me for the way in which the movie pulled me into its world. I kept waiting for Nash to manifest signs of his mental illness. Then, all of a sudden he was being forcibly committed to a hospital. And you slowly begin to realize that you have been seeing the world through John Nash’s mind all along, so you didn’t realize that much of what you were seeing and hearing was a function of his madness. Whole characters and plots were totally figments of his hallucinatory mind. Through the latter part of the movie, then, you the theater-goer have to learn right along with Mr. Nash what has been real and what hasn’t. You find yourself questioning everything you see and hear. Is it real or not? How do you learn to tell the difference?...
  • The Transfiguration

    by William Oldland
    The man had lost everything. He had a drug and alcohol problem. At one time he had a great job. He had a wife and family. He owned a nice house in a great neighborhood. His friends loved him and his co-workers thought he was great. When his problems first started everyone thought it was going to be alright. It was just a phase and he would pull out of it. However, little by little his life changed. As time went by he became belligerent. His attitude toward everything changed. His job, his marriage, his children, his friends all took a back seat to the euphoria. The only important thing in his life was his next opportunity to escape reality. He felt he couldn't function without the booze or the drugs. Truth be known, he couldn't function at all under the influence of the booze and the drugs. Furthermore, he wasn't much better off when he wasn't on them. He lost everything. One day, in the shower at a friend's house he realized what had happened to him. He realized what state he was in. He admitted he needed help. He got that help from people and from his faith in God. His life slowly became transformed. He became everything God had ever wanted him to be...
  • Turning Points

    by William Oldland
    ("Alfred Nobel had a turning point in his life. His brother had died and a reporter thought it was Alfred and wrote his obituary. Imagine his surprise when he woke up the next morning and read his own obituary in the paper. What was even more surprising was what he read. To the world he was known as the dynamite king..." and another short illustration)
  • A Mountaintop Experience in a Valley-Filled World

    by Ray Osborne
    ("Michael McCoy is at home. He's at home and it's 3 in the afternoon on a Monday. Once, at this time of day, he would have been working in a cubicle in a Bank of America office uptown. Instead, he's spent the day in his new cubicle, a corner of his dining room equipped with a computer. On top of the computer he's placed his 'Michael P. McCoy, Vice President' nameplate...." and other illustrations)
  • *Transfiguration

    by Joe Parrish
    ("One former Mrs. California has a new calling--pastor of a 'New Age' church. The Rev. Terry Cole-Whittaker, fifty-plus-years-old, preaches every Sunday in front of a thousand people. She holds services at a convention center in San Diego, and speaks to thousands more on television stations across the nation...")
  • Mountaintops

    by John Pavelko
    ("C. S. Lewis writes a delightful children's story centered on the adventures of four children. Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy were brothers and sisters growing up in London when the war began. They were just like of any other children. They loved to read stories about adventures and play imaginary games..." and another illustration about one of Paul Stookey's songs)
  • It Takes One to Know One

    by Michael Phillips
    ("A storeowner put up a sign 'Puppies for Sale'. A young boy asked, 'How much?' 'Fifty dollars,' the owner answered. 'Can I see them?' The owner whistled, and from the back of the store came mama with five balls of fur tagging along behind. One pup was lagging behind the others, and the boy noticed it was limping...")
  • Matching Face and Heart

    by Gerry Pierse, CSsR
    ("If we say that someone is 'double faced' we imply that they are dishonest or false in their relationships. It is a very serious accusation to make about anyone. If we say that someone is faceless we mean that they hardly seem to exist. The truth is that we have many faces and this is a natural part of being a human being...")
  • Faded Glory

    by Stephen Portner
    ("Faded Glory. A couple of years ago I heard James Lovell speak. He said that when he first returned from the famed Apollo 13 flight, he was hailed as a hero and was in great demand as a speaker. In less than a year, however, he was pretty much an unknown again. Glory for a moment, and then gone -- so soon...")
  • Come on Down!

    by Beth Quick
    ("When I was a senior in high school, my economics teacher, Mary Byrne, was trying to teach our class about the concept of diminishing returns. I still remember the illustration that she used quite clearly. She talked about eating ice cream cones. If you buy an ice cream cone for a dollar, and you eat the cone, and enjoy it very much, you have gotten your money's worth. In fact, you might even want a second cone..." and another illustration from C. S. Lewis' The Silver Chair)
  • Moses' Veil and Ours

    by John Ewing Roberts
    ("Surely the best known representation of Moses is Michelangelo's great statue in Rome in the church of San Pietro in Vincoli, St. Peter in Chains. The church's name comes from the belief that it has two sets of chains, the actual chains which bound Peter when he was a prisoner in Jerusalem and the very chains which bound him when he was a prisoner later in the Mamertine prison in Rome...")
  • Called to the Light of God's Glory

    by Byron Shafer
    ("I’m a Star Trek fan. Indeed I’m one of the originals, for I was among those who tuned in to the very first NBC broadcast of Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and crew, way back on Thursday night, September 8, 1966. And I’ve stayed tuned in to it and to all of the follow-up series...")
  • Connections That Count

    by Robert Sims
    ("Did you hear the story about the little boy who was riding his wagon on a sidewalk? Suddenly, one of the wheels fell off. The little boy jumped out of the wagon and said, 'I'll be damned!' A minister happened to be walking by, and he said, 'Son, you ought not use words like that! That's a bad word. When something happens, just say, "Praise the Lord", and everything will be all right.'..." and another serious illustration)
  • Back to Earth

    by Alex Thomas
    ("I have experienced many times in my life in which their didn't seem to be much light at the end of the tunnel - lost jobs, lost relationships, death of loved one. The feelings I had were like that expressed by Kris Kristopherson in his song How I Beat The Devil: 'Back when failure had me locked out on the wrong side of the door No one stood behind me but my shadow on the floor And lonesome was more than a state of mind'...")
  • The Power of a Picture

    by Alex Thomas
    ("One of James Lee Burke's books was entitled A Morning For Flamingos. You get a picture of flamingos standing in the water sometimes on one foot. The meaning of the title of the book doesn't come clear until you read of one of the characters in the book when she was quite young being taken to the zoo to watch the flamingos....")
  • It's Better Higher Up!

    by Curtis Tilleraas
    ("The American evangelist Dwight L. Moody told the story about a Christian woman who was always bright, cheerful and optimistic, even though she was confined to her room because of an illness. She lived in an attic apartment on the fifth floor of an old, run-down building. A friend decided to visit her one day and brought along another woman – a very wealthy woman..." and another story about Napoleon)
  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    by Keith Wagner
    ("In his book The Heart of the Enlightened, Anthony de Mello, tells a story that illustrates the importance of listening. There was a traveler who was lost in the desert in search of water. He struggled from one hill to the other, looking in every direction but without success. He staggered onward, but his foot caught a dry bush and he fell to the ground..." and another illustration from Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff)
  • Windows of Opportunity

    by Keith Wagner
    ("Nido Qubein tells the story about a business man whose dime store prospered. But, one day he was taken ill and his life would be ending soon. He called his three adult children together and gave them this challenge: 'One of you will be president of my company and to determine which one I am giving you each one dollar...")
  • Come On Down

    by William Willimon
    ("Recently, I was reading a text I had worked on many times before -- Galatians 2 -- and I noticed something. A little Greek word, eis. Paul says 'a person is righteous not by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ'. But eis can be either translated 'in' or 'of'. Is it the faith 'in' Jesus Christ -- Jesus is the object of our faith? Or can it also be the faith 'of' Jesus Christ...")
  • Glory, Praise and Movement

    by Tim Zingale
    ("A poem by Wordsworth says: 'I have felt A presence that disturbs me with the joy Of elevated thought; a sense of sublime Of something far more deeply interfused...")

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  • The Transfiguration of Jesus

    by Lino Cignelli, OFM
  • Preaching the Text

    by Jill Crainshaw
  • Transfiguration

    from Currents in Theology and Mission
  • *A View From the Mountaintop

    by John Donohue, SJ
  • Unlearning Ourselves

    by Patrick Earl, SJ
  • Embrace Your Cross

    by James Farfaglia
  • Señor de la Cima

    (Oracion por Safiyah Fosua)
  • The Transfiguration

    from Grace Baptist Church
    (Coloring Page from Gracious Call Baptist Church)
  • Lent 2

    by Charles Irvin
  • *Over There!

    by Vicar Lail
  • *Lent 2

    by Lanie LeBlanc, OP
  • *Lent 2

    by Cesar Marin, SJ
  • Transfiguration

    by Daniel Meynen
  • Altitude Adjustment

    by Heidi Neumark
    ("In the hospital emergency room, someone accidentally bumps into an aide carrying a bedpan, and urine sloshes onto the floor. After several hours of waiting, my mother is finally admitted. I pay for TV, but she does not have the strength to push the buttons on the remote. She can't find the red button to call the nurse either...")
  • Lent 2

    by Alex McAllister
  • Listen!

    by John and Robin McCullough-Bade
  • *Exegesis

    by Russell Pregeant
  • *Lent 2

    by Jude Siciliano, OP
  • *Lent 2

    by Terry Tastard
  • It Is Good That We Are Here

    by John Thomas
    ("From 1984 to 2003 Heidi Neumark served as pastor of Transfiguration Lutheran Church in the South Bronx. Her memoir, Breathing Space, is an intimate portrait of the glory and grind of parish ministry. When she arrived, Transfiguration sat amid the devastation wrought by Robert Moses' urban renewal, environmental racism, educational indifference, extreme poverty, the glorification of violence, and the epidemics of drug addiction and HIV/AIDS...")
  • Children's Literature

    from Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • Illustrations

    by Tim Zingale
  • Transfiguration

    by Geoff Anderson
  • Changed from Glory into Glory

    by Sarah Buteux
    If you had to name Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous painting, which one would you pick? Believe it or not, you only have 15 to choose from, because as prolific as he was, da Vinci was also a chronic procrastinator and so prone to experimenting with new techniques that he actually ended up destroying much of his own work by accident. But of those 15 there are two in particular that stand out even today in the public consciousness. Any thoughts? (Maybe the lady with the enigmatic smile?) The Mona Lisa or that other really famous one with Jesus and his disciples… (am I the only one who read the da Vinci Code?) The Last Supper. It would probably be a toss up between those two because his most famous painting, “The Battle of Anghiari”, hasn’t been seen in almost 500 years. According to historical records, the “Battle of Anghiari,” is a mural three times the size of “The Last Supper” and it may still exist, but if it does it has been hidden underneath another mural by the artist Giorgio Vasari for the last 447 years. How could this happen?...