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Terrifying Silence: NASCAR edition

Let us pause and consider the Transfiguration within it’s scriptural context.

After Jesus’ infamous ‘Sermon on the Mount’, which intensified the law and declared himself as the fulfilment, he asks his inner-most circle of disciples ‘who do you say I am’.

Simeon Peter answers ‘the Christ, the Son of God’.
Thus, Peter is given the ‘keys’ to heaven and called the ‘rock upon which the church is built’.

Jesus continues sharing with these disciples his betrayal, arrest, passion, crucifixion, and death to come. Peter takes Jesus to the side and says ‘don’t talk like that’. Jesus rebukes Peter and continues to teach this sorrowful truth.

Jesus, Peter, James, and John are on the mountain top six days later.
Jesus is transfigured.
Jesus is with Moses and Elijah.
Jesus is truly the embodiment and fulfillment of the law AND the prophets.

Although the disciples have experienced the supernatural before, I imagine that Jesus literally glowing and standing with two deceased legends of Judaism would have been unusual, uncomfortable, and perhaps disconcerting. I envision the disciples stunned, standing in silence because Peter (who can be as dense as a rock) opens his mouth and inserts his foot again: “It is good for us to be here. We should…”

But, before Peter can finish, a disembodied voice attributed to God basically booms forth “Be Quiet. LISTEN.” The disciples fall to the ground terrified.

We, like Peter, can be as dense as rocks.
We, like the disciples, are not comfortable with silence.
We, like Peter, open our mouths and insert foot to fill the silence;
thus, we tend to listen to respond not to understand.

This silence can be terrifying.

Our discomfort with silence and simply how terrifying it can be became all too real on Monday evening for the NASCAR community.

But, lets rewind for a moment.

During the 2001 Daytona 500, the legend Dale Earnhardt Sr died in a crash on the final lap.

In 2002, we begun to watch NASCAR.

I choose the veteran Bill Elliott.

Amanda (my sister) choose the rookie Jimmie Johnson.

My mama choose South Bend raised, Purdue graduate, Hoosier, rookie…
Ryan Newman.

The 2020 Daytona 500 was on Monday evening.
It ended with a significant crash on the final lap, reminiscent of Dale Sr.

While seeking information from the broadcast and social media, I was yelling at the commentators who were simply fulfilling their vocation…. filling the silence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 23, 2020 in Sermons


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Transfiguration: Mountain Top Places

Transfiguration: Mountain Top Places
Photo Credit: Chris Frailey

I believe that we, humans, have landmarks that let us know when we have come home. Landmarks that begin the process of renewing and recharging our souls. For me, it is the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.

On a website, it said that these (Superstition Mountains) were the most photographed part of Arizona second to the Grand Canyon. They’re beautiful and they are appropriately named. There are many stories and experiences within the Superstitions that many would call paranormal, supernatural, mystical, or unexplained. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 27, 2017 in Sermon Summaries


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