March 16, 2008 - The Examination

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Our Gospel reading is rich this Sunday, the longest of the year. We shall focus on one of the minor characters in the story of the passion of Christ —… read more

March 2, 2008 - The Glory of God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John The ninth chapter of John’s Gospel consists of a single episode that begins a huge theological storm after Jesus heals a blind man. The belief that illness … read more

February 24, 2008 - Jesus Is Where He Finds You

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Some have called the third and fourth chapters of John’s Gospel, the “book of signs.” Taking last Sunday’s story of Jesus and Nicodemus… read more

February 17, 2008 - Defining Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John This second Sunday of Lent we are allowed to listen in on a conversation between two religious scholars. It’s hard to know exactly where to end this… read more

September 25, 2011 - Prostitutes and Tax Collectors--Before Us!

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Matthew Today’s Gospel begins with a question put to Jesus by the authorities. Where does Jesus get the authority to say and do what he says and does?… read more

September 18, 2011 - What Is It?

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Exodus Today’s first lesson arises out of the vivid narrative of the Exodus, that story that depicts the origin of Israel in the saving work of God… read more

February 10, 2008 - What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Even as Israel struggled in the wilderness, struggling against the sins of idolatry, rebellion, and anger against God, so Jesus struggles in the wilderness… read more

September 11, 2011 - Hyperbolic Grace

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
  Encountering Matthew The number seven is important in biblical numerology. It is a number indicating completeness, as in the seven-day week established in the first Genesis … read more

February 3, 2008 - It's a Fearful Thing to Be with Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew It’s a strange story, rich and wonderful in its mystery and wonder, this story of Jesus’ Transfiguration. In this glorious moment on the mountain, … read more

January 27, 2008 - Guess Where You're Going?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew This Sunday begins a semi-continuous reading of Matthew’s Gospel that runs for the next five Sundays after Epiphany. Of the four parts of today’s… read more

January 20, 2008 - God Gets Personal

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Isaiah, 1 Corinthians, and John We’re in the season of Epiphany when it is customary for the church to focus on the revelation, the manifestation of Christ. The … read more

January 13, 2008 - Miraculous Baptism

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew The story of the baptism of Jesus is a story about Jesus, a story about Revelation of Jesus’ identity for the rest of the world. Yet, by implication, it … read more
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