February 26, 2006 - Transfiguration

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark The story of the transfiguration of Christ on the mountaintop is one of those biblical texts that is meant more to be enjoyed, wondered at, and relished with… read more

February 19, 2006 - Followers Hinder Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark It’s a great story, our gospel lesson for this Sunday. If you are like me, you first heard it as a child and you have loved it ever since. Here is this… read more

August 30, 2009 - Gifted Givers

By William H. Willimon
Encountering James What scripture better exemplifies the practical, charitable morality of the Christian faith than the letter of James—or presents a greater rebuke to the… read more

February 12, 2006 - Jesus Heals the Sick

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark From Lindsey Pherigo, in his article, “The Gospel According to Mark,” in The Interpreters One Volume Commentary to Mark (Alberhouse: Staten Island… read more

February 5, 2006 - Don't Pin Jesus Down

By William H. Willimon, Clayton J. Schmit
Encountering Mark The episode that precedes this pericope has Jesus entering the synagogue in Capernaum on the Sabbath with his four newly called disciples. It is the beginning of … read more

August 23, 2009 - Is Religion Bad for You?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Ephesians Paul ends his letter to the Ephesians with a call to arms. He lists various necessary “weapons.” True, the “weapons” listed are all… read more

January 29, 2006 - Look Out for the Weak

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 Corinthians True, the question of whether or not to eat food that has been sacrificed on a pagan altar is not one of the more pressing questions for the church… read more

August 16, 2009 - Thanks Any Time, Any Place?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Ephesians Since there are no references to Ephesus in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, scholars have doubted that this letter was actually addressed to the… read more

January 22, 2006 - Revolution!

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark At the start of this new year we begin with the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark. Scarcely 14 verses into this gospel, Jesus calls his disciples. What a way… read more

January 15, 2006 - Glorify God

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 Corinthians Let’s get physical. In 1 Corinthians 6, Paul turns from spiritual matters to physical concerns. This is the letter where Paul explores the nature… read more

August 9, 2009 - Wonder Bread

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John They “went to Capernaum looking for Jesus” (6:24). And here we are in church, looking for Jesus. What we see may be somewhat dependent upon our… read more

August 2, 2009 - Making Sense of Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John This portion of John’s Gospel can be a great challenge to the biblical interpreter and the preacher. What am I saying? The entire Gospel of John is a great … read more
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