March 14, 2004 - Time to Change

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke It’s Lent, season of repentance, and this is the gospel of Luke where Jesus’ message is often, “Good news! Repent!” For Luke, the gospel… read more

March 7, 2004 - Repent

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Here, at the beginning of Lent, our gospel, Luke 13:31-35, looks ahead to Jesus’ Passion. Jesus has “set his face to go to Jerusalem” (9:51)… read more

February 29, 2004 - Testing the Calling

By Thomas G. Long
Encountering Luke Both Luke and Matthew expand the very concise temptation scene in Mark (1:12-13) to a fully developed dramatic narrative, complete with three temptations and the … read more

February 22, 2004 - Shine, Jesus, Shine!

By Donna Claycomb Sokol
Encountering Luke Transfiguration Sunday is a transition Sunday. It is a bridge over which we walk to get to the season of Lent. The transfiguration is like a road sign pointing… read more

February 8, 2004 - Who Are You?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Jesus has dramatically called his disciples at the opening of Luke’s gospel. But vocation is not a onetime thing. Jesus keeps calling his disciples as they … read more

February 15, 2004 - Get Real

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Psalms At first glance, Jesus’ sermon on the level place is an obvious parallel to the better known Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. Yet there are some… read more

February 1, 2004 - God's Saving Power

By Thomas G. Long
Encountering Luke This is a tough text to understand. Within the space of a few verses we move from heaven to hell, from praise to fury, from a positive, perhaps even enthusiastic … read more

January 25, 2004 - This Has Been Fulfilled

By Thomas G. Long
Encountering Luke This passage describes the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, complete with the transcript of an inaugural sermon preached in his hometown synagogue in… read more

January 18, 2004 - The Gifted

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 Corinthians We do not know much about the reasons for Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. The purpose for this epistle or the situation that gave rise to… read more

Vulnerability and Embodiment

By Karoline Lewis
Accepting and embracing vulnerability is essential to unlocking our power as women and men in ministry because it has everything to do with our bodies and embodiment. While we can … read more

January 11, 2004 - My Servant, My Chosen

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Isaiah Today’s selection from Isaiah is the prophetic proclamation of Israel’s election. Isaiah hears Yahweh’s declaration, “I created… read more

January 4, 2004 - How We Know God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Christmas continues with John’s sweeping statement of the Eternal Logos, the “word became flesh.” In the synoptic gospels, we must wait for a… read more
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