February 28, 2010 - Jesus Weeps for Us

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Luke We have a somber Gospel to proclaim this Sunday in Lent. Jesus overlooks the city of Jerusalem and ponders not only his fate in the coming week, but also… read more

February 21, 2010 - Tried and True

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Recently, I preached at Harvard’s Memorial Church. I don’t feel good about what I preached that day. I started disliking the sermon I preached about… read more

February 14, 2010 - Blessed Befuddlement

By William H. Willimon
  Encountering Luke Whatever we have to say about today’s text, the Transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, can we all agree that it is a very strange, very… read more

February 7, 2010 - How to Read the Bible

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Isaiah This Sunday, as every Sunday, we shall read scripture. The church will become silent and attentive and we will submit ourselves to an ancient text that is for… read more

January 31, 2010 - Pardon Me While I Offend You with My Sermon

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Jesus begins his sermon in his hometown synagogue by quoting from Isaiah 61:1-2, telling them “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your… read more

January 24, 2010 - Discovering Your Neighbor's Strengths

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 Corinthians In writing to the Corinthians, Paul stresses the diversity of gifts within the congregation. It seems to be the nature of God to give. God is the source … read more

January 17, 2010 - God Comes to Us

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Isaiah and John Today’s first lesson, Isaiah 62:1-5, is full of images of God’s presence. Formerly Israel was forsaken, desolate, now they are called… read more

January 10, 2010 - Jesus: God and Humanity Meet

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke All of the Gospels introduce the ministry of Jesus through the introduction of John the Baptist. John the Baptizer signifies what is important and world-changing … read more

January 3, 2010 - The Real Meaning of Christmas

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John Because this is Year C, the year of Luke’s Gospel, we have been treated to a great deal of talk about the baby Jesus, the shepherds, and the infancy… read more

The Authority of the Word

By William H. Willimon
We preachers do not work under our own authority. When a sermon is preached, it is based on an external authorization. The integrity of the preacher, the preacher’s… read more

December 27, 2009 - Reckless Love

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke The story that Luke tells is so beloved, so utterly familiar that we are apt to be in danger of losing its shocking power. To say that God, the Creator of the… read more

December 20, 2009 - The Future of Flesh

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Luke Today’s Gospel, as we stand on the threshold of the nativity, features two pregnant women, “great with child” as the Bible puts it. When you… read more
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