Transfiguration and transformation are quite similar words. They are obviously not identical, neither in spelling nor meaning, but are they different? There are many different words meaning virtually or literally the same thing . . . what about these two?
As I thought about Transfiguration Sunday and reviewed the texts for today I began to think of the two words as similar but with a significant difference. I’m not willing to guarantee the difference I highlight in the sermon today is ABSOLUTELY correct, whatever that even means, but I found it a fruitful way to think about today. My general thought was transfiguration is eternally permanent and transformation is not. If this is enough for you, you don’t have to listen to the sermon but I still hope you will and let me know what you think.