November 13, 2011 - Leaning Toward the Promises

By William H. Willimon
Encountering 1 Thessalonians It is obvious to me that today’s Gospel, addressed to the saints in Thessalonica, is a word sent to those who are holding on by their… read more

Obama: Dallas police shootings were 'vicious, calculated and despicable'

By Gregory Korte / USA Today
WARSAW — President Obama condemned the sniper-style shootings of Dallas police officers Friday, calling them a "vicious, calculated and despicable attack on law… read more

November 6, 2011 - Be Prepared

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Jesus is coming. Will we be ready? That’s an appropriate theme as the church moves toward Advent. In today’s parable of the wise and the foolish… read more

October 30, 2011 - Saintly Servitude

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Since we are only two days away from All Saints’ Day, and since we are only one day away from All Hallows’ Eve, you might want to do a thematic… read more

October 23, 2011 - The Whole Gospel--In Two Sentences

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Jesus’ critics have been on the attack for the last few Sundays, an attack that shall eventually culminate in Jesus’ crucifixion. You will note… read more

October 16, 2011 - The Conversation

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew On his way to the cross, Jesus is engaged in a heated conversation with his chief opponents. Actually, it’s not really a conversation that we read in… read more

October 9, 2011 - Blessed Are the Hungry

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew This Sunday’s parable relates to the debate in the temple during Jesus’ last days of life. The invitation to the banquet is issued and some accept … read more

October 2, 2011 - Salvation: But Not Before the Judgment

By William H. Willimon
Encountering Matthew Matthew presents two parables about vineyards, the fruit of vineyards, and divine accountability for fruit. These parables are told toward the end of the… read more


By William H. Willimon
Luke begins his story of Jesus by depicting an evening sky filled with angels as his first act in the story of Jesus. These angeloi, “angels,” are heavenly heralds who … read more

March 30, 2008 - Through Closed Doors - (Easter, continued)

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John (Easter, continued) In today’s lesson from Acts, Peter preaches about the truth of the resurrection. Peter preaches. The once-disheartened cowardly… read more

March 23, 2008 - Through Closed Doors

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John There is something about this forever reaching God that is determined to draw us into his loving embrace. It would be one thing to preach about Christ, but… read more

March 21, 2008 - And Descended into Hell

By William H. Willimon
Encountering John In today’s Gospel, Jesus — Son of God, Word Made Flesh, Light of the World, Christ, and all the other exalted names for Jesus in John’s Gospel… read more
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