July 24, 2005 - The Treasure

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Because today’s gospel moves in a number of different directions with its five parables, we will focus on verses 44-46, the parables of the treasure in… read more

December 25, 2005 - God Gets Local

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John On this day of great joy, we are lifted, by the gospel, out of our dull, commonplace existence into a poetic world of mystery and wonder. Christmas is a time… read more

July 17, 2005 - What Do You Expect?

By William H. Willimon
by Carol M. Noren Encountering Matthew This chapter of Matthew is a collection of teaching in parables. In many ways it closely resembles Mark 4:1-34, but there is additional… read more

December 18, 2005 - God Becomes Small

By William H. Willimon, Craig T. Kocher
Encountering Luke Today we hear once again the bold proclamation of Luke’s Gospel: God has become one of us by way of a peasant girl named Mary. The Christmas story is so… read more

December 11, 2005 - Waiting for the Light

By William H. Willimon, Craig T. Kocher
Encountering John The gospel writer gives us a reintroduction to John the Baptist, the same prophet Mark told us about last week. John’s John is different than Mark’s, … read more

July 10, 2005 - Newness of Life

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Romans “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” says Paul to the Romans (8:1). These stirring words were not only… read more

December 4, 2005 - Wilderness Survival

By William H. Willimon, Craig T. Kocher
Encountering Mark We preachers could do worse for a mentor than John the baptiser, especially this time of year. Surrounded by the same old secular Christmas schmooze we are… read more

November 27, 2005 - The Awakening

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Advent has to do with the coming of the Lord into our midst. Our gospel this Sunday is a fitting reflection of Advent expectation. Mark 13:24-37 concludes a… read more

November 20, 2005 - Little Things Count

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Our gospel today is not so much a parable as it is a story of judgment, an eschatological story about the end. This story comes toward the end of… read more

November 13, 2005 - Well Done!

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering Matthew This parable, like others, is very disturbing. The listener is drawn along to have an appreciation for a master who is gracious with his servants. In response … read more

July 3, 2005 – Identity Crisis

By William H. Willimon
by Carol M. Noren Encountering Matthew The lectionary’s division of Matthew 11 makes it a challenge for preachers. The first section, verses 16-19, is a natural segue from… read more

November 6, 2005 - Grieving with Hope

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 Thessalonians It is fitting that the lectionary presents us with 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 on this Sunday after All Saints. Remembrance of the saints, recollection… read more
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