February 27, 2005 - Ordinary Revelation

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Much of my encounter with the text is found in today’s “Proclaiming the Text” section. The extended comments of Richard Lischer will also be… read more

December 4, 2016 - Help Is on the Way: Change!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text Today, for our first lesson, we are greeted by the evocative poetry of Isaiah. Isaiah evokes a radically transformed creation in which all the creatures once … read more

February 20, 2005 - Coming to Jesus at Night

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John One night a rather bumbling, stumbling figure comes to Jesus. His name is Nicodemus. He is introduced to us as “a leader of the Jews,” presumably a… read more

November 27, 2016 - And Then Comes God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text This Sunday the lectionary begins a yearlong reading through Matthew’s Gospel. This first Sunday of Advent we encounter a theme that runs throughout… read more

November 20, 2016 - Paradise Now

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text “Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’ “Jesus replied, ‘I assure you that today you will be with… read more

February 13, 2005 - Lenten Contradiction

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Romans Lent, in my part of the world, means the first hint of spring. The winter solstice is past, the days grow gradually longer, the light more bright, and budding… read more

November 13, 2016 - A Warning, a Vocation

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text Isaiah (50:7) and Ezekiel (21:1-2) preceded Jesus in setting his face to go to Jerusalem (“he determined to go to Jerusalem,” Luke 9:51 CEB)… read more

November 6, 2016 - In This World, but the World to Come . . .

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text “Teacher, Moses wrote for us . . .” This is how many biblical arguments with Jesus begin. Jesus’s critics are attempting to frame him as a… read more

February 6, 2005 - Don't Miss the Trip

By William H. Willimon, Roger Lovette
Encountering Matthew Matthew’s gospel was written to convince his own people, the Jews, that Jesus was the new Moses. Moses led his people from bondage, through the Red Sea, … read more

October 30, 2016 - The Wrong People Saved

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text I remind you that Luke precedes today’s Gospel with the story of the banquet at Levi’s (Luke 5:27-32). From the first there is controversy… read more

October 23, 2016 - Sinners High And Low

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text Last Sunday we noted how scripture is God’s chosen means of getting to us, of showing us things about ourselves that we are loathe to see, of telling… read more

October 9, 2016 - Taught by a Foreigner's Faith

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text In last Sunday’s Gospel, we had the opportunity to reflect on the nature of faith in Jesus. We made two main points: (1) the amount of faith one has is … read more
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