January 16, 2005 - Behold the Lamb of God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John John reports Jesus’ baptism in a different way from the other gospels. In John’s account, John the Baptist twice says, “I myself did not know… read more

January 9, 2005 - No Partiality

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Acts At first glance, today’s text from Acts 10 has little to do with the baptism of Jesus. A baptism has just occurred, a very controversial baptism, the… read more

January 2, 2005 - The Search

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew The Episcopalians designate Matthew 2:1-12 for their gospel on the second Sunday after Christmas. The Revised Common Lectionary has this text designated for… read more

Character and Credibility

By William H. Willimon
When Aristotle was offering in his Rhetoric the classical treatise of persuading people through speaking, as he listed all of the “available means of persuasion,”… read more

March 27, 2005 - Easter Brunch on the Beach

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Although our gospel for Easter is the great story of the appearance of the risen Christ to Mary Magdalene, we shall allow this glorious day to be illuminated by… read more

March 25, 2005 - Self-Deception

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John On this somber day of the church’s year, we are confronted by the story of the arrest, trial and bloody crucifixion of Jesus. Here, on the cross, with… read more

March 20, 2005 - Passion/Palm Peculiarity

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew It is a familiar story, the long gospel that we read on this Passion/Palm Sunday, Matthew’s account of Jesus’ last week before his death. The… read more

March 13, 2005 - The Downside of Resurrection

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John The church’s year moves in measured procession through the events of Jesus’ life. This year, as always, we have been through the Epiphany, season of… read more

Looking Ahead to the Next Issue

By William H. Willimon
Looking ahead January 1, 2017 Matthew 2:13-23 January 8, 2017 Acts 10:34-43 January 15, 2017 Isaiah 49:1-7 January 22, 2017 Matthew 4:12-23 January 29, 2017 1 Corinthians 1:18-31… read more

December 24 & 25, 2016 - The Grace of God Has Appeared

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text In today’s Christmas texts, there are no attempts at intellectual argument. Rather, there is much singing. Isaiah sings to captives about God’s… read more

December 18, 2016 - Just Like Joseph

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text Our story takes place in Galilee. Out there in the hinterland, way out in Galilee, safe sex meant an engaged man and woman did not have intercourse until… read more

March 6, 2005 - All I Know Is . . .

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John This is a wonderfully crafted Johannine story, this story of Jesus and the man born blind. It begins with a man who is unable to see, whose infirmity is debated… read more
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