October 18, 2009 - The Sacrifice

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Hebrews and Mark Hebrews is an unusual book of the New Testament for many reasons. This Sunday we note that Hebrews portrays Christ as a priest, a great high priest… read more

October 11, 2009 - And the Reason Was Money

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark This time around with this familiar encounter between Jesus and the rich man, I have but one simply, straightforward observation: Jesus here calls a person to… read more

October 4, 2009 - Taking in His Arms the Little Ones

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark In today’s Gospel, Jesus is asked a question about divorce. The question is about the place of the tradition in the life of faith: The tradition (the… read more

The Biblical Word

By William H. Willimon
When theologian Karl Barth gave his lectures on preaching under the gathering cloud of Nazism, with thousands in the German church casting their lot with Hitler, Barth said the… read more

June 25, 2006 - Two Kinds of Fear

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Jesus and his disciples have launched out upon a dark sea, one of at least four crossings of the Sea of Galilee (4:35; 5:21; 6:45; 8:13). In the boat with them… read more

June 18, 2006 - Another Point of View

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 2 Corinthians A miraculous change has been wrought in Paul because of the change that has been wrought in the world through God in Jesus Christ. Paul opens… read more

June 11, 2006 - We Know

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John In John’s third chapter, we have the memorable encounter of Jesus and Nicodemus, the episode that is the gospel on Trinity Sunday. In Jesus’… read more

June 4, 2006 - Released from Babel

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering Acts This episode takes place on the day of the Jewish festival of Pentecost. It was the second great celebration of the Jewish year, occurring on the fiftieth day… read more

May 28, 2006 - Protected by the Truth

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering John It is a long-standing tradition in the church that during the great fifty days, those days between Easter and Pentecost, the lections and the sermons based upon… read more

May 21, 2006 - God's Choices

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Today’s gospel is from the long farewell discourse that characterises the chapters of John’s gospel before the crucifixion. Jesus teaches his… read more

May 14, 2006 - Fruit of the Vine

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering John This pericope comes from the centre of the farewell discourse (Jn 14:1–16:33) and discloses key elements of the relationship between God the Father, Jesus… read more

May 7, 2006 - Determined to Love

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 John The First Letter of John must have been written to a church that was bitterly divided. Why would this early Christian pastor talk so much about love if love… read more
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