November 5, 2017 - Ambitious with Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text As Matthew’s Gospel winds to a close, Jesus gives his disciples some final instruction, in which he rather dramatically contrasts the demeanor and… read more

October 29, 2017 - Great Commandments

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text One of them, a legal expert, tested him. “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He replied, “You must love the Lord your… read more

October 22, 2017 - The Politics of Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text In today’s Gospel, Jesus’s critics are not really interested in having a debate with him over payment of taxes. They are trying “to find a… read more

October 15, 2017 - The Gory and the Glory

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text In this week’s first lesson Moses meets with almighty God up on the mountain and descends with the commandments of God that came straight from the… read more

October 8, 2017 - Confident and Growing in Christ

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text In the first part of this week’s epistle, Paul puts less emphasis on the accidents of his birth (his circumcision, his Jewish blood, his membership in… read more

October 1, 2017 - One in Christ

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text We wish we knew for sure what specific congregational crises Paul is addressing in his Letter to the Philippians. Paul rarely turns aside from his arguments… read more

Questions on the Way to the Sermon

By William H. Willimon
Your use of Pulpit Resource as a partner in preaching shows your commitment to truly biblical preaching. I hope you find Pulpit Resource to be a catalyst for your life-giving… read more

November 26, 2017 - Welcoming Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: As we have found throughout Year A, there may be Gospels where it’s enough to have warm feelings for Jesus or to give intellectual assent to… read more

Theological Reforms Adopted within the Methodist Episcopal Church from Its Beginnings to the Present

By Wendy J. Deichmann
The Wesleys formed the Holy Club at Oxford as a protest against spiritual mediocrity. The protest did not contest doctrines or theology of the Anglican Church. Rather, it was… read more

Weekly Preaching: August 20, 2017

By James C. Howell
I cannot imagine why a preacher would forego the Old Testament lection for this Sunday — ever, but especially now, given the severe splintering we’re experiencing in… read more

The Confederacy and Christians

By Kira Schlesinger
The first book I fell in love with was Gone with the Wind. As a young reader, it was my first “adult” book, an epic tome, and being prone to the dramatic, I was swept… read more

How Long, O Lord?

By James A. Harnish
“I Thought We Had Come Farther Than This”  My phone rang shortly after the President’s self-revelatory rant yesterday. With tears in his voice, a wise… read more
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