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Welcome to the blog of Bishop Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Ministry, Duke Divinity School.  Here you will find articles, sermons, lectures and other offerings from Will Willimon.

Incarnation in Charleston

I’ll be in Charleston at the Grace Church Cathedral on December 7, leading the congregation in a reflection on the wonder of the incarnation. My book Incarnation: The Surprising Overlap of Heaven & Earth will serve as the basis for our reflections. As I suggest in the book, the church uses the concept of “Incarnation,” (from the Latin word for “in the flesh”) to help us understand that Jesus Christ is both divine and human.

The Incarnation is the grand crescendo of our reflection upon the mystery that Christ is the full revelation of God: not only one who talks about God but the one who speaks for and acts as God, one who is God.

Folks may find Incarnation a helpful read this Advent season. A short excerpt can found here, and the book can be purchased here.

This event will begin at 9 a.m. in Hanahan Hall (98 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401) with light refreshments. I’ll make some comments which will be interspersed with opportunities for conversation and quiet reflection concluding at noon. Click here for more information on the event.


Resurrected Hope

I spent last weekend in the parish of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Salisbury, N.C.  Father Robert Black organized a wonderful weekend in which we discussed issues of the church and community and racism.  Then I preached on the assigned gospel for Sunday.  You can listen to the sermon at St Luke’s HERE or through my podcast in your favorite media player.

Will

A Sermon for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Without question, worship is countercultural. The very fact that God continues to gather together a group of people for purpose of worship, for acts of praise and confession and forgiveness and thanksgiving, is peculiar and peculiarly this God.

Here is a sermon I offer to you for this Sunday, on Psalm 111, at A Sermon for Every Sunday, reflecting on that idea!

–Will

The Unchosen Vocation

I shared some more thoughts on this peculiar vocation, in many ways an unchosen vocation, with Plough magazine. Enjoy!

“Vocation is not evoked by your bundle of need and desire. Vocation is what God wants from you whereby your life is transformed into a consequence of God’s redemption of the world. Look no further than Jesus’s disciples – remarkably mediocre, untalented, lackluster yokels – to see that innate talent or inner yearning has less to do with vocation than God’s thing for redeeming lives by assigning us something to do for God.”

Will