August 20, 2017 - Determined to Be with Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Jesus has gone into Canaanite territory, where he crosses numerous boundaries. Jesus has demonstrated that he is the embodiment of God’s love and… read more

August 13, 2017 - In Deep Water with Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: You will recall that Matthew asserts who Jesus really is at the very first of his Gospel. Jesus’s very name means “God with us” (1:23)… read more

August 6, 2017 - Blessed to Be a Blessing

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: I’m active in an organization that has taken as its goal nothing less than the eradication of world hunger in our lifetime. Considering the magnitude… read more

July 30, 2017 - Treasure, New and Old

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Jesus has been speaking a whole string of parables to his disciples. Apparently, the meaning of the kingdom of heaven must not be self-evident. We require… read more

July 23, 2017 - I, the Weed

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Again this week Jesus is teaching through parables, and again the parable is agricultural with theological intent. Again Jesus gives allegorical… read more

July 16, 2017 - Failure/Fruitfulness

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text:  In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus tells a vivid story of farming failure. Or does he? Sometimes in God’s realm we become discouraged by the… read more

July 9, 2017 - Blessed Burdens

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Discipleship is a pervasive theme throughout Matthew’s Gospel. From the beginning of this Gospel, Jesus is depicted as calling ordinary women and men… read more

July 2, 2017 - Faith, the Willingness to Let God Be God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: “After these events, God tested Abraham” (Gen 22:1 CEB). How can this be? Does God test the fidelity of God’s saints? This is only one of… read more

Called to Preach

By William H. Willimon
Throughout my ministry I have kept a single painting before me. A print hangs over my desk even now, authorizing my work. It’s Michelangelo Caravaggio’s “The… read more

Jen Hatmaker, LGBTQ and apostolicity

By Mark Tooley
Recently religion columnist Jonathan Merritt complained about the evangelical “aristocracy” disapproving popular blogger Jen Hatmaker, who is from an evangelical… read more

Sermon Options: June 11, 2017

By Ministry Matters
AN EYE FOR THE FUTURE  GENESIS 1:1-2:1 Creation set in motion God's divine vision for the future. Creation is believable and dependable and it is marked by paradox. The… read more

How to figure out what you believe

By Rabbi Evan Moffic
The rules and practices of Hebrew language reveal subtle truths. Hebrew, for example, has no word for “is” or “am.”  For example, you cannot say… read more
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