April 10, 2005 - Why Didn’t They Know Him?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Our gospel is the lovely story of the walk to Emmaus. On their way, on the “first day of the week,” a stranger joins the disciples. Their eyes are… read more

April 3, 2005 - Resurrection of the Body

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John On this Sunday, the second Sunday of Easter, it is our custom to read the story of the doubts of Thomas. Thomas is the patron saint of all those who have… read more

The Lectionary as a Source for Preaching

By William H. Willimon
In Advent of 1992, the Revised Common Lectionary appeared. (Andy Langford, “The Revised Common Lectionary 1992: A Revision for the Next Generation,” Quarterly Review… read more

June 26, 2005 - Risky Business

By William H. Willimon, Craig T. Kocher
Encountering Matthew In most gospel lectionary texts Jesus says something with teeth, something powerful, some assaulting word of change that sends us running for cover. Last week … read more

June 19, 2005 - Love Your Life and Live

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering Matthew The 10th chapter of Matthew’s gospel begins with the naming of Jesus’ 12 disciples and the instructions he gives them for their first missionary… read more

June 12, 2005 - Like Us?

By William H. Willimon, Jason Byassee
Encountering the Text The first part of our passage concludes a long section in chapters 5—9 of Matthew’s gospel that lay out Jesus’ identity and mission. Jesus… read more

June 5, 2005 - Sinners

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Our gospel reading for this Sunday begins with the rather scandalous calling of Matthew the tax collector. Jesus is said to be walking along a road from… read more

May 29, 2005 - Tale of Two Houses

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Matthew is a gospel with an ethic. Matthew depicts Jesus as a great ethical teacher, someone who loves his disciples enough to tell them what he expects of… read more

May 22, 2005 - Holy, Holy, Holy

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Go ahead and admit it: many of us preachers are nervous about Trinity Sunday. The Trinity is a complex, thick doctrine. The greatest minds of the church have… read more

May 15, 2005 - The Conversation

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Acts Our chief text on this Pentecost is, as usual, Acts 2. “Jews from every nation under heaven,” had gathered in one place. Then there was a rush of… read more

May 8, 2005 - Change of Focus

By William H. Willimon, Roger Lovette
Encountering Acts The book of Acts ends with the great word, unhindered. Some translate it as “without hindrance” (Acts: 28:31). We are told that this God whom we… read more

May 1, 2005 - Love Is Obedience

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John At the table, Jesus does some of his most significant teaching. Here, at the table, we are gathered with Jesus for his most extended instruction in the Gospel of … read more
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