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  • Transfiguration (C)(2019)

    by Doug Bratt
    Commenting on John Baille’s book, Our Knowledge of God, Neal Plantinga asks, “Do our doubts have moral roots?” Are our souls, as Plato suggests in his Laws, 886 a and b, “Urged toward an irreligious life by a lack of self-control in the matter of pleasures and desires?” Baille comments, “Part of the reason why I could not find God was that there is that in God which I did not wish to find. Part of the reason why I could not (or thought I could not) hear him speak was that He was saying some things to me which I did not want to hear . . . When we do not relish God’s commandments we are tempted to deny his being.”
  • Reflecting God's Glory

    by Angela Bryan
  • Finding Heart

    by Kathy Donley
  • The Reasons for Veils (Exodus & 2 Corinthians)

    Art and Faith by Lynn Miller
    What is the purpose of a veil? Is it to conceal? It is to reveal in part? Is it to protect? It is to hint? The story of the veil worn by Moses is told in Exodus (34:29-35) and then is referenced by Paul in II Corinthians 3:12-4:2. Over the course of those two texts, the veil is examined in a variety of ways...
  • Transfiguration (C)(2019)

    by Ryan Quanstrom

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  • Chains of Love

    by Mickey Anders
    Over the weekend we learned about love in Iraq. Our guests were our new refugee friends from Iraq, Ziyad and Ghadah, who explained to us that their marriage was arranged by their parents. Ziyad is very much in favor of arranged marriages, explaining that parents love their children and want the very best for them, and sometimes the parents make better decisions that young lovers do. That's hard to argue with. Some of the parents in the room wanted to pick their children's spouses too. It was a very traditional courtship. Ziyad did not speak to Ghadah alone until after they were engaged. And Ghadah wore a hijab, which is a headscarf worn by Muslim women, sometimes including a veil that covers the face except for the eyes. Some Muslim women wear a burqa, which is a loose, usually black or light blue robe that covers the body from head to toe. I think all of us were fascinated by these veils worn by the women. One of our Muslim guests said that she wore a hijab when she came to the states, and a woman came up to her and said, "Listen, honey, you don't have to wear that anymore because you are in America now!" But Ghadah and the other Muslim women explained to us that wearing these veils was not a dishonor, but rather an honor. It fulfilled the Islamic requirement of modesty, but it was also a way of saving their beauty for their husband. She said it was like having a beautiful diamond that you didn't show everybody, but saved it for only special people to see. After all this talk about Muslim veils, I was surprised when I looked closely at our text for today and discovered that Paul mentions veils in this text five times!...
  • Lectionary Reflections

    by Daniel Berry
  • Amazing Grace

    by Dan Bollerud
  • Clay Jar

    by Dan Bollerud
  • Ministry or Tooting

    by Dan Bollerud
  • No More Fear

    by Alan Brehm
  • We Do Not Lose Heart

    by Mark Copeland
  • Lectionary Blog

    from Desperate Preacher
  • The Unveiling

    by Robert Elder
    In the mid 1980's, Joseph Campbell sat for a series of televised interviews with Bill Moyers which eventually led to a book called The Power of Myth. I recall a statement from one of those interviews, when Dr. Campbell offered a reflection on the middle-class protagonist of the 1922 novel Babbitt, by Sinclair Lewis. Through a character he named George Babbitt, Lewis drew a satirical portrait of the power of conformity in mundane early twentieth century values. Dr. Campbell said, “Remember the last line (George Babbitt uttered in the novel)? ‘I have never done a thing that I wanted to in all my life.’ Well, I actually heard that line when I was teaching at Sarah Lawrence. Before I was married, I used to eat out in the restaurants of town for my lunch and dinners. Thursday night was the maid’s night off in Bronxville, so that many of the families were out in restaurants. One fine evening, I was in my favorite restaurant there, and at the next table there was a father, mother, and a scrawny boy about twelve years old. The father said to the boy, ‘Drink your tomato juice.’ “And the boy said, ‘I don’t want to.’ “Then the father, with a louder voice said, ‘Drink your tomato juice.’ “And the mother said, ‘Don’t make him do what he doesn’t want to do.’ “The father looked at her and said, ‘He can’t go through life doing what he wants to do. If he does only what he wants to do, he’ll be dead. Look at me. I’ve never done a thing I wanted to in all my life.’” Dr. Campbell, reflecting on this brief encounter from many years before said, “And I thought, ‘My God, there’s Babbitt incarnate!”
  • Worship

    by Art Ferry, Jr.
  • Exegetical Exemplar

    by Sinclair Ferguson
  • With Unveiled Faces

    by Peter Haynes
  • There Is Freedom

    by Chris Heath
  • Transfiguration

    by Phil Heinze
  • The Spirit of Freedom

    by Gershom Lee
  • Transfiguration (C)

    by Bill Loader
  • Glorious Potential

    by Nathan Nettleton
  • Weighty Matters

    by Nathan Nettleton
  • Botox Spirituality

    by John Pavelko
    Julie wanted a total makeover-hair and skin. She visited a "one-stop shop" that had a "makeover dream team" of doctors, dentists, hair stylists, colorists and other practitioners. The staff begins by mapping Julie's face to outline the areas that will require improvement. Julie will not need dramatic surgery for a few years so the doctors use Botox treatments to smooth the lines on her forehead and around her eyes. Stylists then color, cut and highlight her hair. A few days later, she returns to have the creases around her mouth filled with a newly approved drug and a foot massage. Then she strolls over to the dentist chair for a brighter smile. Finally, a makeup artist put the finishing touches on her and Julie's transformation is complete, well, almost. She will have to return to the 'one-stop shop' in a few months to receive additional Botox treatments. She does not hesitate injecting into her skin one of the world's most poisonous substances to prevent her wrinkles from returning. The Botox will eventually stop removing the wrinkles and she will require surgery to maintain her youthful appearance. But Julie is not thinking about the future. Her thoughts are captivated by her rejuvenated youthful appearance...
  • Who Is That Masked Man?

    by Ray C. Stedman
  • Mirror, Mirror

    by Adam Thomas
  • 20/20 Vision

    by Keith Wagner
  • With Unveiled Faces

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    ("The devil came to me the other day, as he often does, and he said, 'Preacher, how about joining me for a little walk. It never hurts to walk and talk a little bit, now does it?' I had to admit that I couldn’t see any harm in walking and talking, and so I agreed to walk with him for a little while. He led me out the door of the church and up the street to one of our neighbourhood convenience stores...")
  • Veils That Hide

    by Sue Whitt
  • Change Me, O Lord

    by David Wilkerson
  • Boldness and Liberty

    by Steve Zeisler