June 24, 2007 - Jesus Out on the Fringe

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke In today’s Gospel, Luke 8:26-39, Jesus is out beyond the boundaries, out in gentile territory (why else would there be pigs being raised in Geresene?)… read more

June 17, 2007 - Jesus: Eating and Drinking with Sinners!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Luke’s Gospel depicts Jesus at a succession of meals. Each meal reveals something important about who Jesus is and what membership in his kingdom means… read more

June 10, 2007 - Restoring the Natural Order of Things

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering Luke This Gospel story of a miraculous resuscitation follows directly upon another miracle story, the healing of the centurion’s slave. In the first story… read more

October 8, 2006 - Jesus, the Legalist?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark I recall a visiting preacher, a bishop of the church, who explained her unwillingness to preach on this Sunday’s Gospel by saying, “I don’t… read more

June 3, 2007 - A Guide for the Truth

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering John More than the other appointed lessons for Trinity Sunday in Year C, the Gospel pericope gives a glimpse of the interplay of the three persons of the Trinity. In… read more

October 1, 2006 - It Makes a Difference

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark On the way to his death in Jerusalem, Jesus continues to teach his disciples. After a discussion with his disciples about the false exorcist, in which Jesus… read more

Digging Deeper in Our Preaching

By William H. Willimon
In his book, Best Advice for Preaching (Fortress Press, 1998, pp. 43-45), John S. McClure, professor of preaching at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, interviews some of this… read more

March 25, 2007 - Coincidence or Providence?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Isaiah Isaiah is the prophet of good news, at least in chapters 40-55. The vast, cruel Babylonian Empire is near collapse (539 BC). The poetry which is Isaiah… read more

March 18, 2007 - The End of All Our Exploring

By William H. Willimon, James C. Howell
Encountering Luke Jesus’ teaching in Luke 15 bowls us over. In a world that knows deserving and entitlement, we are confronted with a storyteller who is either uninterested… read more

March 11, 2007 - Jesus the Judge

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke With today’s Gospel we are deep in Lent, the season of honesty about our sin and honesty about our need to change. In the dynamic of Luke 13:1-9 we find… read more

March 4, 2007 - What Jesus Wants

By William H. Willimon, Jason Byassee
Encountering Luke The very first words of this text connect it strongly with the one before, such that those listening carefully to the lection will wonder what else was going on… read more

February 18, 2007 - They Saw His Glory

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Jesus leads his disciples up a mountain. Jesus was forever making us go places with him that nobody much wanted to go. Here, it’s different. Mountains are… read more
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