February 15, 2004 - Get Real

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Psalms At first glance, Jesus’ sermon on the level place is an obvious parallel to the better known Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. Yet there are some… read more

February 1, 2004 - God's Saving Power

By Thomas G. Long
Encountering Luke This is a tough text to understand. Within the space of a few verses we move from heaven to hell, from praise to fury, from a positive, perhaps even enthusiastic … read more

January 25, 2004 - This Has Been Fulfilled

By Thomas G. Long
Encountering Luke This passage describes the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, complete with the transcript of an inaugural sermon preached in his hometown synagogue in… read more

January 18, 2004 - The Gifted

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 Corinthians We do not know much about the reasons for Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. The purpose for this epistle or the situation that gave rise to… read more

Vulnerability and Embodiment

By Karoline Lewis
Accepting and embracing vulnerability is essential to unlocking our power as women and men in ministry because it has everything to do with our bodies and embodiment. While we can … read more

January 11, 2004 - My Servant, My Chosen

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Isaiah Today’s selection from Isaiah is the prophetic proclamation of Israel’s election. Isaiah hears Yahweh’s declaration, “I created… read more

January 4, 2004 - How We Know God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Christmas continues with John’s sweeping statement of the Eternal Logos, the “word became flesh.” In the synoptic gospels, we must wait for a… read more

Preaching as Entertainment?

By William H. Willimon
Some years ago, social critic Neil Postman wrote an engaging book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. Postman’s thesis was, in short, that we Americans are no longer interested in… read more

Is Preaching Still Relevant?

By Frank Thomas
In our information and technology age, some observers question the relevance and legitimacy of preaching. In a few cases these observers question even the validity and relevance… read more

Noah’s Ark mosaic uncovered in ancient Galilee synagogue

By Michelle Chabin / Religion News Service
(RNS) Exquisite mosaics depicting biblical scenes — one of Noah’s Ark, the other the parting of the Red Sea — were uncovered this summer by archaeologists… read more

December 29, 2002 - The Fullness of Time

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Galatians An old man holds in his arms a baby, an old man who had almost given up hope for Israel. And the old man sings with joy because he has seen the salvation of … read more

December 24, 2002 - The Politics of Christmas

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Isaiah Isaiah’s Christmastide proclamation has been immortalized through the music of Handel. “For unto us a child is born,” sings the chorus of… read more
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