By the time I was confirmed in the Methodist Church, I knew a lot of Bible, and, because the pastor who led our confirmation classes was a history buff, a good deal of church history, too.
I was twenty-five years old before I finally realized my birth in 1964 had been the result of an unplanned pregnancy.
Back in 2014, I began to have strange symptoms.
Now, I understand that it is now considered problematic to use the Hebrew Scriptures as Phillip did in this passage, as proof-texts of the divinity of Jesus, but that is not the problem I’m interested in here.
Jesus not only called Matthew to be a disciple, but received many of his friends and associates with kindness and acceptance.
“Nothing human’s not a broth of false and true.” —Frederick Buechner, Godric
The reality is more astonishing than the illusion.
People tend to bridle at the oft-repeated biblical injunction to ‘fear God.’
I’ve spent a long time pondering what universal human experience the story of the Transfiguration is trying to tell us.
So I had this vision.