March 29, 2009 - God's Desire

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Jeremiah and John Our first lesson, from Jeremiah 31, is the only Hebrew Scripture reference to the New Testament, God’s promised New Covenant. God shall keep… read more

March 22, 2009 - We Who Love the Night

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Jesus, in conversation with Nicodemus, says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son” (Jn 3:16). Yet that loving, gracious, self-giving … read more

March 15, 2009 - Foolish Wisdom

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 Corinthians and John We’re in the season of Lent, time of confession, repentance, and focus on sin, that is, time for consideration of the gap between us and… read more

March 8, 2009 - Crucifers

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark In order to interpret today’s Gospel, the Gospel for the second Sunday of Lent, the season of the cross, I think you need to begin at the beginning of… read more

March 1, 2009 - Jesus Versus Wild Beasts

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Mark In the first chapter of Mark, after we are introduced to Jesus by John the Baptist, we have three scenes in succession: his baptism (1:9-11), his… read more

February 22, 2009 - The Glory of God with Us

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Here concentrated into a transfiguring, thrilling moment, is a story of revelation and drama, a light shining in the darkness, a vision of pure glory. You… read more

'Roots' and Christian calls for justice

By Mike Poteet
Last month A&E Networks presented a new version of the classic miniseries Roots. Based on author Alex Haley’s novel, Roots tells a generation-spanning family history… read more

Neither coronation nor inquisition expected when Trump meets evangelicals

By Emily McFarlan Miller / Religion News Service
(RNS) When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump meets behind closed doors next week with conservative Christians from across the country, no one expects a… read more

Creativity in Sermon Preparation

By William H. Willimon
Creativity in Sermon Preparation If I had to say the number one most difficult skill to teach in homiletics it would be creativity. How do I teach that complex of attitudes and… read more

February 15, 2009 - Divine Distance

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark I find it strange that Mark records this story of Jesus' healing the leper so very early in his Gospel. Here is the last in a series of six opening snapshots of… read more

February 8, 2009 - Miraculous Intrusion

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Jesus, surrounded by sickness and tragedy, confronts the demons who recognize him as the Holy One of God (1:24). Entering a house, Jesus takes Simon's sick… read more

February 1, 2009 - Astonishment

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Jesus has burst on the scene preaching and this Sunday he is busy teaching at Capernaum. While he was teaching, a man with an "unclean spirit" accosts him and he … read more
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