October 13, 2002 - The Perils of Praise

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Exodus Moses has been away for quite some time now. The people grow restless and press Aaron, “Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us. . . .” They … read more

October 6, 2002 - Future Perfect

By Carol M. Norén
Encountering Philippians  The church at Philippi had endured severe persecution. Paul was in prison and expected to die for the Christian faith at the time he wrote this… read more

The Five-Minute Preaching Workshop

By William H. Willimon
With the advent of Advent, year B, we find ourselves in a new year and a different gospel, the gospel of Mark. If Matthew is a gospel of enlightenment, of teaching and… read more

Where is your heart?

By Rolf A. Jacobson
Dr. Rolf Jacobson is Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and one of the stars of the "Sermon Brainwave" podcast.  In this week's sermon from … read more

September 29, 2002 - With One Voice?

By Carol M. Norén
Encountering Philippians Though the central portion of today’s reading is often quoted without reference to its context, understanding the pericope as a whole requires the… read more

September 22, 2002 - Who Needs It?

By Carol M. Norén
Encountering Matthew This pericope is found only in Matthew’s Gospel, although analogous themes, demonstrating the element of unexpected “reversals” in… read more

September 15, 2002 - It All Depends

By Carol M. Norén
Encountering Exodus In this Sunday’s readings we have an example of three parallel tracks. A quick study of the lectionary texts shows that we are moving slowly through the… read more

September 8, 2002 - Rubric for Restoration

By Carol M. Norén
Encountering Matthew The gospel reading for the day is part of the four or five major narrative discourses in Matthew. At first reading, it is tempting to extend the suggested… read more

Teenage jihadists, Hillary's 'God gap' and the legalization of marijuana

By Shane Raynor
On this episode of the News and Religion podcast, the panel and I discuss the recent attack by two teenage jihadists on a church in France, the possibility of the Democratic party … read more

September 1, 2002 - The Call

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Exodus Our first lesson for this Sunday is a story about vocation, call. We find in the account of Moses and the burning bush the typical elements of an Old Testament … read more

August 25, 2002 - Jesus, Messiah, Son of God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew We have a rich text before us in today’s gospel. This episode is found in all of the Synoptics, and in John 6:66-69. What is distinctive about the way… read more

August 18, 2002 - Jesus Beyond the Boundary

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Jesus has been explaining to his disciples. Peter has asked, “Explain this parable to us.” Jesus marvels that his disciples still don’t get… read more
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