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Jesus and His Cross-Cultural Shift Matthew 17:1-9

Jesus and His Cross-Cultural Shift

The Transfiguration casts a vision of a new future.

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Change isn't easy, especially when it comes to changing an existing culture. In the Transfiguration, Jesus gives his disciples a cross-cultural vision that we're still working on today.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's OT text, see "Take Two Tablets," February 3, 2008, at

"I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed."

Comedian George Carlin's famous quip is rather prophetic. Change isn't easy, especially when it means assimilating into a new culture.

Tourists do it when they land in a foreign country and learn the language and customs of a new place.

Kids have to do it when they start a new school.

A newly married husband and wife have to make some big changes when they begin life together.

The changes we make might not be permanent, but change itself is a constant part of life. It would be great if it only cost a dollar!

Perhaps the hardest change, however, is moving or transforming an existing culture toward a...

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