November 2, 2008 - When God Finally Gets What God Wants

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Revelation We have chosen the texts for All Saints’, for this Sunday after All Saints’. We will focus upon Revelation 5 — the vision of John in… read more

Making diversity a priority

By John David Kalz
It's clear that racism is a problem in our country, as tragedy has recently reminded us that just having a certain color skin can get you shot in America today. It's overwhelming. … read more

April 1, 2012 - Cruciform Imitation

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Philippians In today’s second lesson, Paul urges his hearers to follow the example of Christ. The specific context seems to be some sort of squabble among the… read more

The Five-Minute Preaching Workshop

By William H. Willimon
Eugene Peterson says the challenge of preaching is that we are sinners preaching to sinners. He says that members of the congregation are like a friendly dog; they show up, listen … read more

October 26, 2008 - The Simplicity of Following Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Jesus’ critics go on the attack. They attempt to engage Jesus in an argument about the Torah, the holy law of Israel. In response, Jesus quotes two… read more

October 19, 2008 - Worship the One Who Owns All of It

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew The conflict between Jesus and his critics has been steadily building in intensity since the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel. Now his critics, beginning… read more

October 12, 2008 - Idolatry

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Philippians Today’s first lesson, the story of the idolatry before the golden calf, will be an occasion for us to reflect upon the continuing temptation to… read more

October 5, 2008 - We Are They

By William H. Willimon, Roger Lovette
Encountering Matthew The writer Matthew has given us two parables about vineyards and obedience. Note the context. Jesus had ridden into the city for the last time on a donkey. He … read more

Can We Talk?

By William H. Willimon
At universities across the country, religious diversity is one of the major changes that they are dealing with. As a former university chaplain, almost every day I came in contact … read more

March 31, 2002 - Easter Is an Earthquake

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew It is interesting to set the various accounts of the empty tomb, as found in three of the gospels, next to one another in order to see their special … read more

March 29, 2002 - Killers Like Us

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Today, on this the most somber day of the year, we meditate upon the significance of the tragic death of Jesus. It quickly became the conviction of the church… read more

March 24, 2002 - Ordinary Sin

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Our gospel for today, the longest of the year, is the very pinnacle of biblical narrative. Whatever this story is, the story of Jesus’ passion, his… read more
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