Matthew's Meaning

By William H. Willimon
So here we are, lectionary A, with Matthew as the gospel. Let us ponder the meaning of living with and preaching from Matthew during the coming months of Sundays. My friend… read more

Social media, virtual presence and racial justice

By Deanna A. Thompson
Just a few days ago — and just a few miles from my house — Diamond Reynolds streamed the aftermath of the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, Philando Castile. They were… read more

Blood cries out

By Gregory V. Palmer
Beloved in Christ Jesus: Above everything else I want to remind you that today and all days you and all people and persons are beloved children of God. I want to quickly add that… read more

March 25, 2012 - The Conscience of a Christian

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Jeremiah and John A couple of Sundays ago, we meditated upon the Ten Commandments. This Sunday’s First Lesson from Jeremiah gives us the opportunity to reflect … read more

March 18, 2012 - Lord, Have Mercy

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Ephesians In Ephesians 2:1-10, the writer contrasts the old life that the Ephesians once lived with their new life in Christ. Both “you” (Gentile… read more

March 11, 2012 - The Burden That Is Light

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Exodus The Decalogue (meaning “ten words”) is the epitome of the covenant obligations toward God and neighbor (Deut 5:6-21). Calling these… read more

March 4, 2012 - Rethinking God, Cross, and Resurrection

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark This Sunday’s Gospel is a pivotal point in Mark’s testimony to Jesus. In the first chapters of Mark it’s been one miraculous moment after… read more

February 26, 2012 - Wild Beasts with Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark We find ourselves in the wilderness, alone with Jesus. Just as the Israelis passed through the Red Sea only to land in the wilderness, so Jesus is thrust into… read more

February 19, 2012 - Worship on the Way to the Cross

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark You already know that it’s a hallmark of Mark’s Gospel that the disciples of Jesus are clueless about Jesus. This Sunday’s text is no… read more

Preacher, talk me into it

By Stan Purdum
Marketers have found my number — my cell phone number, that is. “Rachel from cardholder services” and several other sellers and possible scammers call to tell me … read more

How do we pray for our wounded, divided nation?

By David Gushee / Religion News Service
After Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas, what are people of faith supposed to do? Especially: what does leadership of faith communities look like in a moment like this? One thing… read more

February 12, 2012 - An Extraordinary God in Ordinary Places

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark and 2 Kings This Sunday’s first lesson is one of the many interesting Elisha stories that are found in 2 Kings. These carefully crafted narratives are full … read more
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