July 2, 2006 - The Healer's Presence

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark The Gospel of Mark conveys a real sense of urgency. Needy crowds gather, pressing in on every side. Jesus moves from place to place, attentive to the situation… read more

April 8, 2007 - Seeing Is Believing

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John When it comes to the resurrection, John’s Gospel stresses the important role of vision. This is the message that Mary gives the disciples, “I have… read more

April 6, 2007 - Put Away the Swords

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Our Gospel for this solemn, high holy day is John 18–19. We shall focus on just one verse in this rich lesson — John 18:11. But we shall focus on… read more

Introduction

By William H. Willimon
Myth explains, settles, fixes, and closes the gaps in our consciousness. Crossan says myth’s polar opposite is parable. “Parable brings not peace but the sword… read more

October 10, 2010 - Salvation: Gift and Assignment

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Jesus is “on the way to Jerusalem” (17:11), a phrase that Luke repeats beginning in 9:51; that is, we are on the way to the cross. Jesus is said to… read more

October 3, 2010 - Faithful Enough to Be Faithful

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Luke At first glance today’s Gospel seems like a string of rather disconnected thoughts from Jesus. Yet a thematic unity may be discerned by the careful… read more

Prophets All

By William H. Willimon
A little tattle-tale comes running to father Moses, “Daddy Moses, Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp” (Num 11:26). Earlier the Lord, after speaking to Moses… read more

September 26, 2010 - Money Matters

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke We have had a couple of occasions to speak about Christians and money in recent weeks (See Pulpit Resource for August 1 and August 8). Of course, most of us… read more

September 19, 2010 - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke You have already figured out, in our preaching through Luke this year, that Luke’s Gospel shows Jesus to be deeply concerned about money. Luke tells the… read more

September 12, 2010 - Look Who's Having Dinner With Jesus

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Luke Jesus is becoming a success in Luke’s Gospel. Great crowds are being attracted to him. Unfortunately, they are the “wrong” sort of… read more

September 5, 2010 -Does God Have a Plan for Your Life?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Jeremiah and Luke Jeremiah offers an evocative image for our relationship to God. God is like a potter who works at the potter’s wheel, fashioning a beautiful… read more

August 29, 2010 - When Jesus Comes to Dinner

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke and Hebrews “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,” advises the letter to the Hebrews (Heb 13:2). The writer to the Hebrews connects this… read more
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