July 4, 2010 - Christians Commissioned

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Luke Although this is July 4th, the Independence Day celebration in the United States, we will stick with the biblical texts for this Sunday, focusing upon… read more

Prophets All

By William H. Willimon
A little tattle-tale comes running to father Moses, “Daddy Moses, Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp” (Num 11:26). Earlier the Lord, after speaking to Moses… read more

June 27, 2010 - Demanding Savior

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke The tone is set for Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel by Jesus’ actions. He is on the way to Jerusalem, and you know what fate awaits him there… read more

June 20, 2010 - Healed in Order to Serve

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Luke 8:26-39 comes in a series of four miracle stories, including this exorcism. The miracle story builds up to a calling of the disciples to go out and to heal… read more

June 13, 2010 - Do You See?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Two sinners from different places meet Jesus. Jesus has been depicted in the Gospel as a prophet who is able to discern beyond the scope of our vision, to see… read more

June 6, 2010 - Doing Something about Death

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke In today’s Gospel, death controls the situation. A widow—that is, a woman on the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder—has been visited by death… read more

May 30, 2010 - The Personification of God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Proverbs The world we live in is a good, orderly place. Yet today’s lesson from Proverbs doesn’t express the meaning of the world in that way. Rather… read more

May 23, 2010 - What a Crowd!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Acts All of our Pentecost texts explore facets of the multifaceted Holy Spirit. The Feast of Pentecost is mentioned a good deal in the Hebrew Scripture. It is a… read more

May 16, 2010 - Praying Like Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Prayer plays a big role in the Gospel of Luke and in Luke’s Acts of the Apostles. Luke says that before Pentecost, Jesus’ disciples and certain women … read more

May 9, 2010 - You Don't Need to be a Disciple by Yourself

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Verses 23-24 of John 14 are a response to Judas’s (not Judas Iscariot) question about why Christ has not fully manifested himself in glory to the world… read more

May 2, 2010 - A Heavenly Vision

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Acts For the past two Sundays we have been reveling in heavenly visions, presented so dramatically from the Revelation to John. It has been as if we have had the… read more

April 25, 2010 - A Great Multitude

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Revelation Visions of heaven continue as we read from Revelation this Sunday. Knowing our final destination affects how we live in the present. The Revelation depicts … read more
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