May 28, 2017 - You're Not on Your Own

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: This Sunday’s first lesson, from the first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles, describes the disciples’ surprise at the ascension of the risen… read more

May 21, 2017 - Meant for Mission

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: As Acts begins, the risen Christ says to his followers, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the… read more

May 14, 2017 - "I Am . . ."

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: In addition to John’s strange symbol-­laden way with the truth that we noted in previous weeks, John also loves irony. In the fourth Gospel… read more

May 7, 2017 - The Door

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: A distinguished biblical scholar, when asked by seminarians to identify the most important attribute for interpreters of scripture, said, “a… read more

April 30, 2017 - Show and Tell

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: In these Sundays of Eastertide we continue to explore the significance of the fact that God has raised crucified Jesus from the dead. And we could have few… read more

April 23, 2017 - Christ Forgives Us

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Jesus miraculously passes through locked doors and appears before his frightened disciples. The first thing Jesus says to them is, “Peace.”… read more

April 16, 2017 - Shaken

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus repeatedly foretells his resurrection (16:21; 17:9, 23, and so on). Matthew seems to want us to keep a close connection… read more

April 9, 2017 - Who Is This?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text:  This Palm Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem, begins not in the Holy City but rather on the Mount of Olives. This location had… read more

April 2, 2017 - God's Own Good Time

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: A cry goes out. The action of the story begins: “So the sisters sent word to Jesus, saying, ‘Lord, the one whom you love is ill’”… read more

Politics in the pulpit: Who benefits?

By Kira Schlesinger
Earlier this month at the National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump announced to the gathered religious leaders a plan to “totally destroy” the Johnson… read more

The most powerful 3 words? Not 'I love you'

By Jacob Lupfer / Religion News Service
(RNS) February 14 has taken a decidedly romantic turn since Christians observed it as St. Valentine’s feast day. Our secular Valentine’s Day is known more for flowers, … read more

6 keys to great preaching

By Charley Reeb
Recently Pew Research reported that folks looking for a church home value good preaching most of all. While tasty coffee, edgy technology and flashy worship services are… read more
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