November 6, 2005 - Grieving with Hope

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 Thessalonians It is fitting that the lectionary presents us with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 on this Sunday after All Saints. Remembrance of the saints, recollection… read more

The church, Orlando and LGBTQ pain

By Anna Blaedel
“Healing does not cover over, but exposes the wound to others.” — Sara Ahmed  Just over a week ago, an angry man with a history of violence and… read more

Sharpening the edges

By Todd Outcalt
Eugene Peterson, in one of his earliest books entitled Working the Angles (Eerdmans’s, 1989), noted that pastoral integrity and influence is meted out through consistent… read more

A time for humility in the UMC

By Clifton Stringer
I don't know what is going to become of the United Methodist Church, and this, it seems to me, is a divine summons to humility. I did not expect the delegates at General… read more

June 28, 2009 - Easter Touch

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Between Mark 4:35 and Mark 8:21 we have a couple of double crossings of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus is shuttling between Jewish territory on the one side of the… read more

June 21, 2009 - When God Sleeps

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Mark and Corinthians “He who keeps Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps,” says scripture. But in today’s Gospel, Jesus is asleep. It’s a… read more

June 14, 2009 - The Mystery of God's Growth

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Where should we focus our attention on this text? On the sower? The seed? The harvest? Who is the sower? We assume that it must be God, for scripture tends… read more

June 7, 2009 - Don't Be Too Conscientious

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering John He came to Jesus by night wondering what he needed to do to get in on what Jesus had. What he had to do. He is a “ruler of the Jews”—an… read more

May 31, 2009 - Everybody a Prophet

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Acts Luke is a fine story-teller, and the lesson from Acts 2 on Pentecost is one of Luke’s finest stories. Luke’s account of Pentecost is rich and… read more

May 24, 2009 - Jesus as God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John In today’s Gospel we listen in on the central and longest part of the great prayer of Jesus that concludes John’s Gospel. This prayer is a window, a… read more

May 17, 2009 - Just Obeying Orders

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John The Christ who meets us in John’s Gospel is majestic, often strange and mystical, and sovereign “Word made flesh.” Scholars have long noted the … read more

May 10, 2009 - Abiding in Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John In our Gospel lesson for today, it is as if John begins afresh with a new image of life in Christ, as if the preceding chapter had not occurred. And yet, in the … read more
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