December 16, 2007 - The Desert in Bloom

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Isaiah Isaiah the prophet, like all of Israel’s great prophets, is a master poet. With vivid, metaphorical images, the poet-prophet attempts to bring to speech… read more

December 9, 2007 - Repent!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew In some ways John is like the Season of Advent in the church — an annoying, unpleasant, yet persistent speed bump on the road to celebrating the birth… read more

December 2, 2007 - Nearness and the Newness of Salvation

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew and Romans The scriptures of Advent sound strange to the average contemporary congregation. They are surely meant to sound strange, for what is happening… read more

November 25, 2007 - Fight the Powers

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Colossians In our celebration of Christ the King, we can think of few places in scripture where the largeness of the reign of Christ is more sweepingly and eloquently … read more

November 18, 2007 - Newness

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Isaiah and Luke The common lectionary contains a reading from Isaiah 65 whereas other lectionaries have Malachi 4:1-2. If you choose not to proclaim Isaiah 65… read more

November 11, 2007 - Seven Weddings and a Resurrection

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Today’s text provides the perfect opportunity to preach on one of the most neglected doctrines of our faith — the resurrection. Most of us confess… read more

September 30, 2007 - Tables Turned

By William H. Willimon
by Michael A. Turner   Encountering Luke Rich folk beware. It’s hard to read the Gospels and come to any other conclusion except that those with much wealth are in big… read more

September 23, 2007 - A Metaphorical Way of Life

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering the Text Jesus talks about issues relating to money repeatedly in the Gospel of Luke. He tells numerous parables relating to the use and stewardship of resources… read more

September 16, 2007 - Jesus Came for Sinners, Only Sinners

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1st Timothy “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them,” the critics’ charge against Jesus is responded to by Paul in his first letter to… read more

September 9, 2007 - Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Wow! We’ve got Jesus in one of his more challenging moments in today’s Gospel. Jesus now turns from semi-private conversation with his disciples to… read more

September 2, 2007 - Beggars All

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Today’s Gospel takes place at a dinner table, even as most of our Sunday worship takes place at the Lord’s table. There, at the table, Jesus teaches… read more

August 26, 2007 - God Calling

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Jeremiah Our first lesson is from Jeremiah 1, the call of Jeremiah. This call story is fairly typical of the call of a prophet. The call comes without antecedents or… read more
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