Upgrading Leadership in Churches

I had the chance to offer some thoughts on leadership in our local churches with The Nonprofit Exchange. I am always interested in thinking about the struggles and even more importantly, the opportunities for exciting new leadership practice in our congregations—I hope we continue to work together on upgrading our capacities in our common calling!



Confronting Racism, A Sermon

I had an engaging weekend in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in which a group of churches thought about race and racism from a Christian perspective.  Here’s the sermon I preached on Sunday morning at Broadmoor United Methodist Church.   I also met with area clergy for a day of discussion of my book, Who Lynched Willie Earle?  Preaching to Confront Racism.


A Sermon for Every Sunday’s Top Sermon 2017

I’ve appreciated the hardwork Jim Sommerville has done in putting together an outstanding resource for those called to preach the gospel. I cannot recommend it enough, and I am also grateful to know that my own contributions have helped others in this work. I wanted to share one such sermon with you, rated best sermon on the site in 2017—be sure to make A Sermon for Every Sunday a part of your preaching preparation in 2018!



Abingdon Press Posts Willimon’s Preaching Resource

This article was originally posted on Duke Divinity School’s News page.

For the past two decades Will Willimon, United Methodist bishop and Duke Divinity School professor, has written Pulpit Resource. This quarterly is a resource for preachers that offers exegesis, prayers, supporting material, and a proposed sermon plan for every Sunday of the three-year Common Lectionary cycles. Pulpit Resource has had as many as 8,000 subscribers in the U.S., Canada, and Australia who use it for weekly sermon preparation.

Now, some of the best material from Pulpit Resource has been assembled by Abingdon Press into Will Willimon’s Lectionary Sermon Sourcethe first volume in a seven-volume series. Published in August, the  first volume treats the Sundays in Year B of the lectionary, beginning with Advent, 2017.  Abingdon plans to issue six more volumes in this series over the next three years, including a special volume on preaching the Psalms.

“In my years with Pulpit Resource,” said Willimon, “I’ve written more than a thousand sermons with supporting material. Along the way I’ve made friends with hundreds of pastors who have invited me into their sermon preparation. Now it is good to have some of this material made available in this series of volumes. It’s a privilege to be part of the pulpit work of a new generation of preachers.”

Willimon, who continues to write Pulpit Resource each quarter, is professor of the practice of Christian ministry at the Divinity School and has written 71 books. He served as the dean of Duke Chapel and professor of Christian ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as the bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012.

Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kan., says of Lectionary Sermon Source, “It’s like having Will Willimon sitting in your study sharing his best stories, ideas, and reflections on the text.”

James Howell, senior pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., says that through the book Willimon “presses the preacher to be better, more relevant, and truer to the word.”

Learn more about Pulpit Resource or subscribe.

Roy Moore Can Never be Ordained in The UMC

News that President Trump is backing accused sexual predator Roy Moore is surprising, considering the numerous sexual abuse charges that have been made against Trump over the years. One would have thought that Trump might have avoided getting involved with Moore. Of course, this could be Trump’s way of defending himself by saying that the charges of the courageous women are not trustworthy and that, even if what they say against Moore is true, it’s more important to support Republicans for the Senate than to bother about politicians’ sexual morality. Continue reading