The Hardest Question was an experiment in preaching the Revised Common Lectionary. All posting is finished, but the content will continue to live here in archive form. You can discover new content by former THQ curator Russell Rathbun at Question the Text.

 

Hammering it Home

If the experience of glory leads to silence, what are we supposed to say about it?

by Ruth Everhart

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:28-36 [37–43a]

For Sunday, Februray 10, 2013—Transfiguration of Our Lord

When I was on a pilgrimage in Israel, we visited the Mount of Transfiguration. Our itinerary allotted thirty minutesfor this taste of mountaintop glory. As the bus rumbled toward the base of the mountain, I thought: It’s a ridiculous timeframe, of course, but maybe it will be enough.

In the story, Jesus manages to “get in and get out” of glory rather quickly. It’s Peter who tries to hang onto the moment. [Read more...]

The Hardest Question was an experiment in preaching the Revised Common Lectionary. All posting is finished, but the content will continue to live here in archive form. You can discover new content by former THQ curator Russell Rathbun at Question the Text.

 

A Veiled Question

How would our ministry change if we removed the veil between ourselves and God?

by Ruth Everhart

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 34:29-35

For Sunday, Februray 10, 2013—Transfiguration of Our Lord

Shining faces. Who doesn’t love a shining face? We picture a child beaming as she displays a crayoned masterpiece. Or lovers reuniting at an airport, their faces aglow. Or those commercials for anti-aging skincare products that feature a 28 year old.

Oil. Love. Happiness. A good sweat. A hot shower. A loofah. Great sex. Fine wine. No wonder there’s such a market for skincare products! Shining skin isn’t just an idea, it’s a physical reality that shouts to the world: “I am healthy and happy!” [Read more...]