11th Hour Preacher Party: the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Edition!

That’s right! It’s Transfiguration Sunday! (Confession: I’m being completely sarcastic. I find Transfiguration one of the most difficult Sundays to preach; in fact, I’m ignoring it and preaching on Mark 2:1-12, which doesn’t make it into the RCL this year). But, if you love Transfiguration, or are preaching about it anyway, Rachael Keefe’s reflection will… Read More

RCL: T-fig – Terror, Tabernacle, & Travel On

This was originally posted on Write Out of Left Field. The trudge up the mountain can be exhausting. After feeding four thousand people, witnessing Jesus open the eyes of a blind man, a startling recognition of Jesus as Messiah, and some teachings about what it means to be a disciple, climbing a high mountain seems… Read More

Narrative Lectionary: Glory, then Guts (Luke 9:28-45)

Like eating a big pile of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, we gorge on glory before we enter the somber season of Lent.  The Transfiguration story fills us up with mystery before the Lent’s fare of sacrifice and approaching death. Read the text here. Read the Working Preacher commentary here. Death and glory mingle together in… Read More

Prayer: Transfiguration Sunday

O Lord, you are our Lord. Eternal God, you are our God. Brother Jesus, you are the Savior. Sweet Spirit, you are our Life. Many days, O God, we do not know much — not much about crafting peace from war, not much about convicting the world’s greed of its sins, not much about reflecting you with consistency — but we know that… Read More

11th Hour Preacher Party – Ooh, Shiny!

Believe it or not, we have reached the last Sunday in the season of Epiphany. Lent will begin this week! Whether you are using the Revised Common Lectionary or Narrative, this week’s texts describe the Transfiguration. What message will your people hear before beginning the journey to the cross on Wednesday? RCL preachers: what do you do… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Transmogrification

Apparently transmogrification is a real word. I always assumed the cartoonist Bill Watterson made it up as the word that Calvin (of Calvin & Hobbes fame) uses when he turns himself into something else. An elephant, for example, to help remember multiplication facts. A tiger like his pal Hobbes. A kind and morally-immaculate version of… Read More