September 7, 2008 - A Little of You Goes a Long Way

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Church is important in today’s Gospel, so important that Jesus gives instruction specifically on how to keep it together in the church. This is so… read more

August 31, 2008 - What about the Word "Cross" Do You Not Understand?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the Text You can’t accuse Jesus of deceptive advertising. In today’s Gospel he admits upfront that following him leads to a cross. Anybody who thinks that … read more

August 24, 2008 - Daring Impossible Questions

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew We’ve been walking along with Jesus for some time now in the Gospel of Matthew. Jesus has taught us, giving us his beautiful “sermon on the… read more

August 17, 2008 - Wherein Is Our Hope?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew I sense a theme that runs throughout all three of today’s assigned. All of today’s texts speak of hope. At the end of the Joseph saga (Gen 45)… read more

August 10, 2008 - Just Like Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Matthew is the church’s Gospel. Among the four Gospel writers, Matthew alone uses the word ekklesia. For Matthew, Jesus is the visible, physical… read more

August 3, 2008 - Changed by a Living God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Genesis This Sunday’s first lesson is a story about the progenitor Jacob. While still in the womb he struggled with his older twin, Esau. When they were young… read more

July 27, 2008 - Impressive

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Matthew 13:31-32, the parable of the mustard seed is a short, pithy parable that is long on insight. Mark contrasts the small seed with a great shrub… read more

July 20, 2008 - The Meaning in the Mess

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew A distinctive aspect of Jesus’ teaching, at least in Matthew’s Gospel, is his parables. There was a time when some thought that parables were a… read more

January 20, 2002 - The Real Jesus We Really Don't Know

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Unlike Luke’s Gospel, where the kinship of John the Baptist and Jesus is emphasized, and Matthew’s Gospel, where John recognizes Jesus before the… read more

July 13, 2008 - What a Waste!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Our text is the familiar parable of the sower and the seed. Surely this text is most dear to the hearts of us preachers. After all, we are the ones who are… read more

July 6, 2008 - Heavy Crosses and Easy Yokes

By William H. Willimon
by Michael A. Turner Encountering Matthew The Gospel text for this Sunday is a strange combination of Jesus’ sayings. The first part of the passage begins with Jesus… read more

Preaching Parables with Matthew

By William H. Willimon
I’ve said before that I can’t figure out why in the modern period we gave the Bible to historians in order to make sense of scripture. It’s typical of the modern … read more
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