May 22, 2016 - The Trinity: God Three Ways

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Specific, explicit biblical texts that explicate the doctrine of the Trinity are not easy to come by. Rather, the doctrine of the Trinity is a valid… read more

May 15, 2016 - Heaven-Induced Communication

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: Two texts are linked in our Pentecost pairings in the lectionary: the account of Babel and the story of Pentecost and the Spirit's descent. Throughout the… read more

May 8, 2016 - Jesus Prays That We'll Be One

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: This Sunday we continue reading in the long farewell discourse that characterizes Jesus’ departure for his cross in the Gospel of John. This Sunday we … read more

May 1, 2016 - The Gift of the Spirit

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: In this Sunday’s Gospel from John, Jesus promises that though he will return to the Father, he will ask the Father to send the “Companion, the… read more

April 24, 2016 - Loving Each Other in Church

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: In a way, this Sunday’s Gospel from John is strange. As you know, Jesus gives his commandment to “love each other” in a protracted… read more

April 17, 2016 - Easter Continued

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: It’s not every day that someone who is dead is brought back to life. Jesus Christ resuscitated Lazarus and a couple of others, and now Peter is out in … read more

April 10, 2016 - God Calling

By William H. Willimon
Encountering the text: The “conversion” of Saul-become-Paul in Acts 9 is a paradigmatic story of divine vocation. Counter to many of our sermons on this text, Saul was … read more

When you really want to wear a mask to church

By Joseph Yoo
One Sunday, our five-year-old foster son wanted to wear his Ninja Turtle costume to church. “Not today, buddy. You can’t wear a mask to church.” While he and I… read more

How Scalia’s death affects key cases before the Supreme Court this year

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON — The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is a major setback for the conservative legal movement, as will become clear in the months ahead. This was to… read more

Leadership, politics and the Bible

By Dave Barnhart
There are countless books written for clergy about leadership. In this season of political horse races, with each candidate portrayed as humanity’s best and last hope for… read more

Lamentation and cross-shaped leadership

By Alaina Kleinbeck
This was first published in Faith & Leadership. Church seasons can be slightly disorienting for those of us employed in Christian settings where the workflow does not follow… read more

South Carolina bill worries immigration advocates

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
(RNS) Evangelical advocates for immigration reform are concerned that proposed South Carolina legislation will make it more difficult for faith groups to help refugees in the… read more
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