November 8, 2009 - Focusing

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Jesus has been at the center of swirling controversies with prominent religious people. Most of his critics are leaders of the religious establishment. In the… read more

November 1, 2009 - At the End, God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Revelation We’re at the end, toward the end of the church year, at the end of the canon, Revelation. Chapter 21 is that climatic ending that speaks of the end… read more

More adventures with the spiritual but not religious

By Rebekah Simon-Peter
“Can I still call myself an atheist, and believe in God?” I looked up from the salad bar at the 20-something young woman posing the question, my fork hovering over the … read more

Pharaoh's privilege

By Dave Barnhart
[Pharaoh] said, “You are lazy, lazy; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ Go now, and work; for no straw shall be given you, but you shall … read more

The conversion of Donald Trump and the problem with evangelicalism’s gospel

By Tom Fuerst
What does it say about evangelicalism in America that James Dobson, one of our leading voices for the last three decades, can claim that Donald Trump has accepted Jesus Christ as… read more

October 25, 2009 - On the Way

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Some have said that the Gospel of Mark is one long passion story, one long account of Jesus on his way to the cross. And that would be a somber enough thought… read more

October 18, 2009 - The Sacrifice

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Hebrews and Mark Hebrews is an unusual book of the New Testament for many reasons. This Sunday we note that Hebrews portrays Christ as a priest, a great high priest… read more

October 11, 2009 - And the Reason Was Money

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark This time around with this familiar encounter between Jesus and the rich man, I have but one simply, straightforward observation: Jesus here calls a person to… read more

October 4, 2009 - Taking in His Arms the Little Ones

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark In today’s Gospel, Jesus is asked a question about divorce. The question is about the place of the tradition in the life of faith: The tradition (the… read more

The Biblical Word

By William H. Willimon
When theologian Karl Barth gave his lectures on preaching under the gathering cloud of Nazism, with thousands in the German church casting their lot with Hitler, Barth said the… read more

June 25, 2006 - Two Kinds of Fear

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Jesus and his disciples have launched out upon a dark sea, one of at least four crossings of the Sea of Galilee (4:35; 5:21; 6:45; 8:13). In the boat with them… read more

June 18, 2006 - Another Point of View

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 2 Corinthians A miraculous change has been wrought in Paul because of the change that has been wrought in the world through God in Jesus Christ. Paul opens… read more
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