March 27, 2011 - Spirit and Truth

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Bad feelings between the Jews and the Samaritans went back many centuries before Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. In John 4:9 we… read more

August 19, 2007 - Fire!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke The book of Ecclesiastes lists fire with water, iron, salt, milk, honey, wine, and oil as a gift of God, that which contributes to human life and flourishing… read more

August 12, 2007 - The Gift of the Kingdom

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering the Text Our Gospel pericope comes from a section in Luke where Jesus gives instructions regarding the life of discipleship and preparation for the coming judgment of … read more

March 20, 2011 - Saved, as a Gift of God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John A prominent religious official comes to see Jesus. He is identified as “a ruler of the Jews” (3:1). His name is Nicodemus, and he comes to Jesus… read more

August 5, 2007 - Wise Up

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke While found only in the Gospel in Luke, the parable of the rich fool is part of a rich lore in the faith of Israel. The “fool” is a prominent figure… read more

March 13, 2011 - Complexity

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew In today’s Gospel we see the temptation of Jesus. Note that Matthew simply reports what happens in the exchange between Jesus and Satan in the… read more

July 29, 2007 - We Don't Lose Heart

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke By linking this string of parables that compose today’s Gospel with the Lord’s Prayer, Luke gives the impression that these are parables about… read more

March 6, 2011 - The Fellowship of Fear

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Christians reading about the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain before his fearful disciples have always tended to think about Exodus 24 and 34. Just as … read more

February 27, 2011 - Free for Whom?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Jesus has been teaching the crowds. He has begun his sermon on the mount with an odd series of blessings, blessing those whom the world tends to curse. Then… read more

July 22, 2007 - A Word of Judgment

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Amos The scriptures of Israel repeatedly refer to God as “judge of all the earth” (Gen 18:25). God is depicted in a number of stories as the righteous… read more

February 20, 2011 - Christ the Foundation

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 Corinthians Paul, in his letters to his young churches, loves to develop some metaphor in order to illuminate the mystery of life in Christ. That’s what… read more

February 13, 2011 - Jesus Raises the Bar

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Our Gospel this week is from a portion of Jesus’ sermon on the mount in Matthew 5. Jesus has moved from his beatitudes into a rather stringent moral… read more
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