Guest Appearance with Houston Graduate School of Theology

Dr. Herbert Fain has invited me to join him on September 9th to discuss the practice of ministry with his students. You can find more information on how to join below:

FE 651/652 Ministry Practicum & IE 601/602 Integrative Experience
Guest Speaker via Zoom Reverend Dr. William H. Willimon

Thursday, September 9, 2021 5:00-6:00 pm CST

Zoom Meeting Information:
Dial in Number: 346-248-7799
Meeting ID: 850 3230 1793 Passcode: 447848
Link: HJ5UT09

Preaching as Truth-Telling


I’ve enjoyed your response to my two sermons that I posted last week. It’s fun to see the comparisons that you have made.  This week, I thought it might be fun for me to share with you the sermon I preached Sunday at First Baptist, Asheville and have you share your feedback with me and others. 

Using the assigned lectionary Gospel for this Sunday, I preached on the church as a place for telling the truth. What’s your response to my sermon attempt? Post your responses and let’s have a conversation about preaching as truth-telling.

Different contexts make for different sermons.

Friends: No preacher preaches the same sermon twice. Different contexts make for different sermons. A preacher keeps working with a biblical text and the text works with the preacher so the second time around, the sermon will be different.  I preached this sermon, in a studio, a couple of months ago for Jim Somerville’s A Sermon Every Sunday. You can read the manuscript here.

B32: The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Year B (2021)

Then, I preached a sermon on the same text on July 4 at First Baptist Asheville.  I thought some of you might like to see how that sermon kept changing and how a different context helped to produce a somewhat different sermon. 

How did the two sermons differ, and if they did, how do you think the context informed those differences?