August 7, 2005 - How You Will Know

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew We have two miracles in Matthew 14, the feeding of the 5,000 and Jesus walking on water and stilling the storm. In being a part of these miracles, the… read more

Let thy beloved community come

By Bill Mefford
Tragedies bring out the best and worst in people it seems. Seeing the unity and enormous support the people of Orlando have shown each other following the gun shooting in the… read more

July 31, 2005 - Extravagance

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Jesus has withdrawn to a deserted place. By the time he arrives, word has spread and the place is anything but deserted. There is “a great crowd”… read more

July 24, 2005 - The Treasure

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Because today’s gospel moves in a number of different directions with its five parables, we will focus on verses 44-46, the parables of the treasure in… read more

December 25, 2005 - God Gets Local

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John On this day of great joy, we are lifted, by the gospel, out of our dull, commonplace existence into a poetic world of mystery and wonder. Christmas is a time… read more

July 17, 2005 - What Do You Expect?

By William H. Willimon
by Carol M. Noren Encountering Matthew This chapter of Matthew is a collection of teaching in parables. In many ways it closely resembles Mark 4:1-34, but there is additional… read more

December 18, 2005 - God Becomes Small

By William H. Willimon, Craig T. Kocher
Encountering Luke Today we hear once again the bold proclamation of Luke’s Gospel: God has become one of us by way of a peasant girl named Mary. The Christmas story is so… read more

December 11, 2005 - Waiting for the Light

By William H. Willimon, Craig T. Kocher
Encountering John The gospel writer gives us a reintroduction to John the Baptist, the same prophet Mark told us about last week. John’s John is different than Mark’s, … read more

July 10, 2005 - Newness of Life

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Romans “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” says Paul to the Romans (8:1). These stirring words were not only… read more

December 4, 2005 - Wilderness Survival

By William H. Willimon, Craig T. Kocher
Encountering Mark We preachers could do worse for a mentor than John the baptiser, especially this time of year. Surrounded by the same old secular Christmas schmooze we are… read more

November 27, 2005 - The Awakening

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Mark Advent has to do with the coming of the Lord into our midst. Our gospel this Sunday is a fitting reflection of Advent expectation. Mark 13:24-37 concludes a… read more

November 20, 2005 - Little Things Count

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Our gospel today is not so much a parable as it is a story of judgment, an eschatological story about the end. This story comes toward the end of… read more
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