January 25, 2009 - A Sermon about Sermons

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark In today's Gospel, Jesus begins his ministry. And notice how he begins: as a preacher. He begins by preaching good news and then gathering a group of disciples… read more

January 18, 2009 - The Great Delegator

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John That our Gospel for this Sunday should be John 1:43-51 is significant. Jesus is not only the Light of the World, the Light that shines in the darkness, a… read more

January 11, 2009 - Come on in, the Water's Fine

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Genesis and Mark Over dark, chaotic waters, the Spirit hovers like a gracious wind and brings forth creation. Jesus appears on the banks of the Jordan, the Holy… read more

We need to DO something

By William H. Willimon
After the carnage at Mother Emmanuel in Charleston (which brought our tally of mass shootings to something like a dozen), James Howell (Pastor, Myers Park UMC, Charlotte and… read more

Responding to the violence in Orlando

By J. Michael Lowry
The news of another terrorist shooting and the tragic deaths of so many in the Pulse Nightclub rocks all of us with its senseless hate-filled violence. It addresses us all on so… read more

January 4, 2009 - God of New Beginning

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John While the lectionary makes the first nine verses of John 1 optional, it seems to me that they are essential to understanding the meaning of John's Prologue. As… read more

Creation through Words

By William H. Willimon
The Five-Minute Preaching WorkshopCreation through Words In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All… read more

Our brand is crisis

By Rolf A. Jacobson
Rolf Jacobson is Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and one of the "stars" of Working Preacher's Sermon Brainwave podcast.  His sermon from … read more

Please don't call it 'senseless'

By James A. Harnish
Was It Really “Senseless”? Of all the words pundits are using to try to make sense of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, the one that makes no… read more

Rediscovering the mystery of God

By Shane Raynor, Richard P. Hansen
Shane Raynor and author Rich Hansen have a conversation about the tensions and unanswerable questions of Scripture and Christianity. They also discuss the potential that paradoxes … read more

Orlando, liturgy and action

By Rob Lee
I’m doing my field education at a large downtown Methodist church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Normally, waking up early on the first day of the week while it is still dark… read more

Prayers for Orlando

By Justin Coleman
Jesus weeps, and so do we. We mourn for the loss of lives in Orlando as we do whenever senseless tragedy strikes a blow. We pray for the friends and family of all the victims and… read more
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