August 14, 2011 - What about Them?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Matthew is the most “Jewish” of all the Gospels. Matthew presents Jesus as the fulfillment of the hopes of Israel, setting Jesus in a thoroughly… read more

Holy fashion advice about pastor hairstyles and beards

By Clifton Stringer
Maybe you noticed the buzz this January about the burly beards adorning the faces of pastors? (Exclusive: Links below!) The glorious spectacle was kicked off by some Church of… read more

August 7, 2011 - The Word Is Near You

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering Romans Paul, ever the deft merchant of words, does a bit of textual alteration as he quotes from Deuteronomy 30:1-4 in Romans 10:5-8. Paul selects carefully from the… read more

July 31, 2011 - Enough and More

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew This is the only miracle story of Jesus that is recorded in all the Synoptic Gospels, thus suggesting that this is a very important witness to Jesus. Alas… read more

July 24, 2011 - Pray as We Ought to Pray

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Romans Today’s epistle comes from a section of the letter to the Romans in which Paul is speaking about the yearning of Creation for full restoration and … read more

July 17, 2011 - Life in a Messy Garden

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew This parable of the wheat and the weeds appears only in Matthew’s Gospel. Matthew is unafraid of judgment and stresses the final judgments of God… read more

July 10, 2011 - Looking Like Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven,” Jesus tells his disciples (Mt 13:11). The disciples are the “in… read more

Why I like opposition

By Dave Barnhart
I love my church. We do good ministry and we have excellent leaders. But we have one terrible problem: Everyone agrees with me. Since I planted the church, the people who have… read more

July 3, 2011 - Come to Me

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering Matthew This reading has been cut in pieces for liturgical reasons. Every pericope is a cutting (in Greek, peri-cope is to cut around), and this one excises the… read more

Peaching with the Risen Christ

By William H. Willimon
This quarter’s Pulpit Resource gives all of us preachers an opportunity to be reminded that one of the greatest challenges of Christian preaching is working with the Risen… read more

March 9, 2008 - Lazarus, Jr.

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Whenever we encounter the story of Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead, I always think it a bit strange that the Revised Common Lectionary has us read… read more

June 26, 2011 - On a Wild and Windy Mountain

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Genesis This Sunday we shall tackle one of the most challenging texts in scripture—Genesis 22:1-14, the story of Abraham being restrained from sacrificing his… read more
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