Steve West Ain’t Leaving the UMC

I had the privilege of working with Steve West when I was in Alabama, preached in Steve’s congregations on a number of occasions, and enlisted him to reform Annual Conference worship.  We even wrote and published two hymns together. It’s great to see clergy like Steve standing up and saying clearly, “I’m not leaving theContinue reading “Steve West Ain’t Leaving the UMC”

What is Jesus Doing?

This month Intervarsity Press publishes a collection in honor of Andrew Purves, the great pastoral theologian who recently retired from Pittsburgh Seminary.  The book, What Is Jesus Doing? God’s Activity in the Life and Work of the Church, is edited by Edwin Chr. van Driel and explores the notion that God is the active agent within theContinue reading “What is Jesus Doing?”

Collected from the Century

Some of my older pieces from the Christian Century are available for free at Religion Online along with many other articles from fine folks, some of whom I count as friends. You might check out, for example, “From Seminary to Parish” or “Ministry as More Than a Helping Profession” which I wrote with Stanley Hauerwas.Continue reading “Collected from the Century”

Looking for Lectionary Help?

Some folks may not realize that I’ve been providing pastors a lectionary help for decades now. Pulpit Resource is now published by Ministry Matters and is available both in a quarterly printed edition and electronically. Each week I pick one of the texts, often the gospel lesson, and provide an exegetical sketch, a prayer, aContinue reading “Looking for Lectionary Help?”

Story for Christmas

I’ve been assembling a collection of some of my stories that were published in the past.  That collection will appear in the coming year as Stories by Willimon (Abingdon Press).  Here’s a Yuletide offering for you, an account of a service that occurred early in my ministry.  Allan Warren retired this year after four decadesContinue reading “Story for Christmas”