September 19, 2010 - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke You have already figured out, in our preaching through Luke this year, that Luke’s Gospel shows Jesus to be deeply concerned about money. Luke tells the… read more

September 12, 2010 - Look Who's Having Dinner With Jesus

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Luke Jesus is becoming a success in Luke’s Gospel. Great crowds are being attracted to him. Unfortunately, they are the “wrong” sort of… read more

September 5, 2010 -Does God Have a Plan for Your Life?

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Jeremiah and Luke Jeremiah offers an evocative image for our relationship to God. God is like a potter who works at the potter’s wheel, fashioning a beautiful… read more

August 29, 2010 - When Jesus Comes to Dinner

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke and Hebrews “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers,” advises the letter to the Hebrews (Heb 13:2). The writer to the Hebrews connects this… read more

August 22, 2010 - Keepers of the Flame

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Hebrews The letter to the Hebrews is a strange, rich, wonderful document of the early church. While we are uncertain just what sort of struggles threaten the… read more

August 15, 2010 - Security Crisis

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke In the last presidential election voters said that one of their main concerns was “national security.” Why did we spend billions fighting in Iraq? It … read more

August 8, 2010 - Giving

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke In this segment of Luke’s Gospel, there appears to be a grouping of Jesus’ teaching on the perils of wealth. Last Sunday we had the parable of the… read more

August 1, 2010 - Prosperity Theology

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Our Gospel is Jesus’ memorable parable of the foolish rich man. Actually, there are a number of foolish rich people who crop up from time to time in the… read more

July 25, 2010 - A Sermon Too Short

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke In this Sunday’s first lesson, the prophet Hosea makes his life a sort of parable of God’s steadfast love in his faithfulness to his unfaithful… read more

July 18, 2010 - Play Your Part for Jesus

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke During the past three Sundays the Gospel has focused on the various demands of discipleship. How does this Sunday’s Gospel, the story of the sisters Mary… read more

July 11, 2010 - Church Under God's Judgment

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Amos I wonder if we should make something of the Lectionary’s linkage of Amos’s “plumb line” with Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan. In … read more

July 4, 2010 - Christians Commissioned

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Luke Although this is July 4th, the Independence Day celebration in the United States, we will stick with the biblical texts for this Sunday, focusing upon… read more
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