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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a listen to Episode 231 of the always excellent Crackers and Grape Juice podcast – Dr. Johanna Hartelius has an insightful conversation with Barth on preaching.
I got to preach at the lively, beautiful Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, served by my longtime friend Dr. Wesley Avram. I preached for the church’s anniversary and the sermon is posted here.
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!
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.”
I preached a sermon among the congregation at St David’s Episcopal Church of Denton, TX this past Sunday, and I’d like to share it with you. God continues to show up to us, search for us, especially at the “wrong” time for us – may God continue to show up to us and surprise us with life anew!