Ruling on a gay bishop could be far reaching

By Heather Hahn / United Methodist News Service
(UMNS) The Judicial Council’s recent ruling against the consecration of a gay bishop likely has consequences for United Methodists far beyond one bishop. The United… read more

September 24, 2017 - God, Searching for You

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: We have before us this Sunday a rich parable that only Matthew records. Some commentators interpret this parable of the workers in the vineyard as related… read more

September 17, 2017 - Extravagant Forgiveness

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: By a happy confluence, last Sunday’s Gospel and this week’s Gospel fit together. Jesus continues to teach, to give practical (though at times… read more

September 10, 2017 - Church Like It's Meant to Be

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Chapter 18 of Matthew is filled with specific, practical directions for life inside the Christian community. If there are those who complain that Jesus… read more

September 3, 2017 - As Christ's Beloved, Act Like It!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Last Sunday we noted that Christianity is more than a matter of ethics, more than simply living a good life. Christianity is a matter of affirming that… read more

August 27, 2017 - Jesus: God's Son, Messiah

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: We are at a high point in Matthew’s Gospel for this Sunday’s lesson, Matthew 16:13-20. This episode is found in all of the Synoptics and in… read more

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
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