Publications

Thank God It’s Thursday

Thank God It’s Thursday is the prequel to bestselling author Will Willimon’s highly successful, Thank God It’s Friday. Following the book of John, Will Willimon focuses oPrintn Jesus’ teaching of his disciples prior to his own death but also before their own hour of decision. The climax of the Gospel is when Jesus pours out his life on the cross—surely an enactment and demonstration of the power of God’s self-sacrificial love.

So to sustain and fortify his followers for the difficulties ahead, Jesus prepares them by teaching and offering sacraments of self-giving, through which they (and we) experience the grace and presence of the risen Lord. This book can equip Christians to face their hardships as they humbly serve with the promise of God’s abiding presence already made good by his outpouring of sacrificial love. Written with the clarity, depth, and insight that are Will Willimon’s trademark, this book offers afresh the challenge and grace of the message of the Resurrected One.

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Incorporation: A New Novel from Will Willimon

Hope Church—its clergy and its people—are quite a congregation, an unforgettable cast of saints and sinners. While serving a heavenly realm, they also have their feet plainly planted in the muck and mire of the real world. Here is an Easter story of ordinary folk caught in the gracious grasp of an extraordinary God. In this rollicking, hilarious, sometimes pathetic, fast-paced, and always entertaining journey through a month of Sundays at Hope Church, we meet a wild cast of characters in church people surprised to be the body of Christ. Sex, violence, greed, grunge, lust, and lies—all in church! Saints and sinners all, caught within the embrace of a God who refuses to make proper distinctions.

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Bishop: The Art of Questioning Authority by an Authority in Question

As a church leader, it’s easy to make the wrong move and find yourself in a bad position.

“What to teach; How to teach; What to do,” were the three questions Wesley employed at his first conferences.   In sixty previous books Will Willimon has worked the first two. This book is of the “What to do?” genre.

Many believe the long decline of The United Methodist Church is a crisis of effective leadership. Willimon takes this problem on. As an improbable bishop, for the last eight years he has laid hands on heads, made ordinands promise to go where he sends them, overseen their ministries, and acted as if this were normal.  Here is his account of what he has learned and – more important – what The United Methodist Church must do to have a future as a viable movement of the Holy Spirit.

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The Best of William H. Willimon: Acting Up in Jesus’ Name

He’s been called a contrarian, a provocateur, and a few other things we can’t say in print. He’s also been called one of the twelve most effective proclaimers of the gospel in the English-speaking world. He’s been a pastor, a chaplain, and a bishop. But ask William H. Willimon how he sees himself, and he’ll tell you it’s as a preacher and a truth-teller. He has pursued that passion for preaching the truth of God in over sixty books.

Gathered in this volume are Willimon’s best writings on what it means to be a faithful Christian, and a faithful preacher of the Christian gospel, in today’s world. All the themes that so enliven his writings–the gospel’s refusal to be co-opted by the culture, the strangeness of Christian faith, the centrality of the preached word of God–are present here. Whether you’re a long time Willimon reader or are encountering him for the first time, you will find inspiration and much food for thought from this, one of God’s most “peculiar prophets.”

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All Publications

  • Lord of the Congaree: Wade Hampton of South Carolina. Sandlapper Press, Orangeburg, SC, 1991. (Out of Print)
  • Turning the World Upside Down: The Grimke Sisters of South Carolina (with Patricia Parker Willimon) Sandlapper Press, Orangeburg, SC, 1972 (Out of print).
  • The Gospel for the Person Who Has Everything. Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, 1978, 1980.
  • Between two Advents, C. S. C. Publishing Co., Lima, Ohio, 1978.
  • Worship As Pastoral Care, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1979.
  • Remember Who You Are: Baptism, A Model for Christian Life, The Upper Room, Nashville, TN, 1979.
  • Saying Yes to Marriage, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, 1978.
  • Word, Water, Wine and Bread, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, 1980.
  • “Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif”>Integrative Preaching: The Pulpit at the Center, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1981.
  • Liturgy and Learning Through the Life Cycle, (with John Westerhoff), revised edition, OSL Publications, P. O. Box 22279, Akron, OH, 44302-0079, 1994.
  • Family, Friends and Other Funny People: Memories of Growing Up Southern, R. L. Bryan Co., 1980, 1981 Columbia, SC (Order from Frank Handel, Sandlapper Books, Orangeburg, SC)
  • The Way: Confirmation for Discipleship in the United Methodist Church, Graded Press, Nashville, TN, 1981 (Spanish edition El Camino).
  • Sunday Dinner: The Lord’s Supper and Christian Life, The Upper Room, Nashville, TN, 1981.
  • The Bible: A Sustaining Presence in Worship, Judson Press, Valley Forge, PA, 1981.
  • The Service of God: How Worship and Ethics Are Related, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1983.
  • On a Wild and Windy Mountain: Meditations for the Christian Year, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1984.
  • Handbook on Preaching and Worship, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, PA, 1984.(Revised edition, 2008)
  • What’s Right With the Church, Insight Press, New Orleans, LA, 1998.
  • Sighing For Eden: Sin, Evil, and the Christian Faith, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1985.
  • The Laugh Shall Be First: A Treasury of Religious Humor and Satire, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1986.
  • Rekindling the Flame: Strategies for a Vital United Methodism, (with Robert Wilson), Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1987.
  • Preaching About Conflict in the Local Church, Westminster Press, Philadelphia, Pa, 1987.
  • The Promises of Marriage, Discipleship Resources, Box 840, Nashville, TN, 1988.
  • Acts of the Apostles, Interpretation, A Commentary for Teaching and Preaching, Westminster/John Knox Press, Atlanta, GA, 1988.
  • Clergy and Laity Burnout, Abingdon Creative Leadership Series, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1988.
  • Resident Aliens: The Church As Colony, (With Stanley Hauerwas), Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1989.
  • Why I Am A United Methodist, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1990.
  • Confirmation: A New Approach to Making Disciples (with Mark Flynn), Logos Productions, Inc., 8160 Carmen Ave., E. Inver Grove Heights, MN 55086.
  • The Bible Shapes Us, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1990.
  • The Last Laugh, (Second Vol. of Religious Humor) Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1991.
  • Good-bye High School, Hello College, (Meditations for students) Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1992.
  • Peculiar Speech: Preaching to the Baptized, W. M. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI, 1992.
  • Proclamation: Advent/Christmas (Year C), Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1993.
  • The Intrusive Word: Preaching to the Unbaptized, W. M. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI, 1994.
  • The Search For Meaning (With Thomas and Magdelena Naylor), Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1994.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Preaching (with Richard Lischer) John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 1995.
  • On Your Own, But Not Alone, (Meditations for College Graduates,) Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1995.
  • The Abandoned Generation: Rethinking in Higher Education (with Thomas H. Naylor), Eerdmans Press, Grand Rapids, 1995.
  • Reinventing the Connection: The Reform of the United Methodist Church (with Thomas A. Langford, III), Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1996.
  • The Search For Meaning in the Workplace (with Thomas H. Naylor and Rolf Osterberg) Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1996.
  • Where Resident Aliens Live (with Stanley Hauerwas) Abingdon Press, Nashville, 1996.
  • Downsizing the USA (With Thomas H. Naylor), Eerdmans Press, Grand Rapids, MI, 1997.
  • Reading With Deeper Eyes: Literature and the Christian Faith, The Upper Room, Nashville, TN, 1998.
  • Good News In Exile: Three Pastors Offer a Hopeful Vision for the Church (with Martin Copenhaver and Anthony Robinson) Eerdmans Press, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999.
  • The Truth About God: The Ten Commandments and the Christian Life, (with Stanley Hauerwas) Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1999.
  • Character and Calling: The Virtues of the Ordained Life, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 2000.
  • Will Willimon’s Last Word on Ministry, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 2000.
  • Pastor: The Theology and Practice of Ordained Ministry, Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 2002.
  • The Survival Guide for Christians on Campus, (With Tony Campolo) Howard Publishing Co., 2002.
  • The Sunday After Tuesday, College Pulpits Respond to 9/11, Abingdon, 2002.
  • Peculiar Prophet: Will Willimon and the Craft of Preaching, Abingdon, 2004, Will Malambri and Michael Turner, eds.
  • Sermons from Duke Chapel, (Willimon editor), Duke University Press, 2005.
  • Theology and Proclamation, Abingdon, 2005.
  • Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins, Abingdon, 2005.
  • Conversations with Barth on Preaching, Abingdon, 2006.
  • Thank God It’s Friday: The Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross, Abingdon, 2007.
  • United Methodist Beliefs: A Brief Introduction, Westminster/ John Knox Press, 2007.
  • Who Will Be Saved?: Abingdon Press, 2008.
  • The Wesley Study Bible, (Co-edited with Joel Green) Abingdon, 2009.
  • Undone by Easter:  Keeping Preaching Fresh, Abingdon, 2009.
  • The Early Sermons of Karl BarthWestminster/John Knox Press, 2009.
  • This We Believe: The Core of Wesleyan Faith and Practice, Abingdon Press , 2010.
  • Preaching Master ClassCascade Books, 2010.
  • The Collected Sermons of William H. Willimon, Westminster John Knox Press, 2010
  • Why Jesus?, Abingdon Press, 2010.
  • A Will to Lead And the Grace to Follow: Letters on Leadership from a Peculiar Prophet, Bryan Langlands, ed. (Abingdon Press), 2011.

Video Tapes

  • “What’s Right With the Church,” set of three tapes, Argus Communications, One DLM Park, Allen, TX, 75002.
  • “A Charge to Keep,” United Methodist Publishing House, P. O. Box 801, Nashville, TN, 37202.
  • “Why I Am A United Methodist,” United Methodist Publishing House, P. O. Box 801, Nashville, TN 37202.
  • “The Search For Meaning,” United Methodist Publishing House, P. O. Box 801, Nashville, TN, 37202.
  • “From Text to Sermon,” Logos Productions, 6180 Carmen Ave., E. Inver Grove Heights, MN 55075, 1996.
  • “Unlocking the Mystery of the Text” Logos Productions, 6180 Carmen Ave., E., Inver Grove Heights, MN, 55075.

Audio Tapes

  • “On A Wild and Windy Mountain,” set of four audio tapes, Christians Listening, P. O. Box 87 Van Wyck, SC 29744.
  • “With Glad and Generous Hearts,” set of four audio tapes, Christians Listening, P. O. Box 87, Van Wyck, SC 29744.
  • “The Laugh Shall be First,” Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1990.
  • “Resident Aliens,” Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN, 1990.

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