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  • Reflecting God's Glory

    by Bob Cornwall
  • Exegesis (Exodus 34:29-35)

    by Richard Donovan
  • Transfiguration (C)(2019)

    by Stan Mast
    The Medieval mystics had one goal in their lives of contemplation and discipline—to attain the Beatific Vision, to see God in all God’s glory. Few people have that goal these days. But we still love glory– substitute glory like the glory of sports, reflected glory in spectacular sunsets, attributed glory where there seems to be none. In that last phrase, I’m thinking of the glory some people see in, say, warfare. Most Americans don’t think about the historical context that gave birth to that great patriotic hymn, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” As the slaughter that was the Civil War broke out, Julia Ward Howe took a popular tune and gave it new words that came to her in a rush. So, the victory of the North over the South became an occasion of glory, an Epiphany. “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord….” The song even ends connecting the Civil War with the work of Christ. It is human, I suppose, to claim the Lord as our ally and see his glory in our cause. But we must be careful. We see the glory of God in the face of Christ most powerfully in his crucifixion for “poor ornery sinners like you and like I.”
  • Moons or Volcanoes?

    by Jim McCrea
    my father once told a story about a teacher in India who was the chief speaker at a large student gathering. After the event, a Hindu student came up to him and said: “Sir I like your talks, but I don’t like your bringing Christ into them. Why can’t you leave him out?” The speaker replied, “How can I leave Christ out? He is everything to me. Without him I could not have faced life and its difficulties. If I have to put up with persecution and ostracism and even physical violence at the hands of my people, it is because Christ is all in all to me. To ask me to leave Christ out is to ask me to stop breathing — for he is my life.”...
  • 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...
  • Something About Her

    by Michael Ruffin
  • Transfiguration (C)(2019)

    by Alphonetta Wines

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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!...
  • Control

    by Dan Bollerud
  • No More Fear

    by Alan Brehm
  • Dancing and Shining at Sinai

    by David J. A. Clines
  • Lectionary Reflection

    by Wanda Copeland
  • A New Beginning

    by Robert Deffinbaugh
  • Lectionary Blog

    from Desperate Preacher
  • Moses and God in Dialogue

    Book Review by Thomas Dozeman
  • Commentary, etc.

    by Anna Grant-Henderson
  • A Better Deal

    by Scott Grant
  • With Unveiled Faces

    by Peter Haynes
  • Transfiguration

    by Phil Heinze
  • Transfiguration

    by Scott Hoezee
    ("In her book Speaking of Sin, Barbara Brown Taylor has a chapter that bears the rather startling title, 'Sin Is Our Only Hope'. It seems an oddly perverse title and yet Brown Taylor makes a good point. After all, if we look around us in life, we see so much that is painful. We see children abused and spouses cheated on...")
  • An Unbearable Brightness

    by Sharla Hulsey
  • Exegetical Helps

    by Ralph Klein
  • 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...")
  • Sunshiny Faces

    by Eliezer Segal
  • Shiny Faces

    by Melissa Bane Sevier
  • Transfiguration (C)

    by Howard Wallace
  • Shining Face

    by Sue Whitt