To kick things off, we snagged Will Willimon.
Jesus must have a sense of humor, and I love the irony.
A year ago I got in trouble with my bishop for posting about farts on this blog.
Last week I found myself on the phone with Methodism’s most famous and important voice, Bishop Will Willmon, making jokes about sex and mas%$#$@#$%^ (‘it’s sex with someone I love).
All sprinkled with a generous helping of curse words.
We edited some- but not all- of it.
The rest is vintage Willimon: pithy, deeply theological and as arresting as a slap across the face.
Which, by the way, is how he describes Karl Barth’s effect on him.
For those of you who don’t know Will Willimon, he was recognized by Baylor as one of America’s 12 Best Preachers. The Pew Foundation lists him as the 2nd most read author among Protestant clergy, selling over a million copies. Take that Beth Moore.
The former dean of Duke Chapel and former Bishop of North Alabama he currently teaches at Duke and pastors Duke Memorial United Methodist Church. The very best of my preaching is just a shallow imitation of this master artist.
As a young seminary student, Willimon’s sarcastic, caustic demeanor freed me to be me in the pulpit.
You can find his blog and links to his books here.
Bishop Willimon will be our guest preacher on Sunday, March 30 and will host a ‘Lunch with the Bishop’ Forum that same day.
Be on the lookout for the next installments. We’ve got Kendall Soulen, Stanley Hauerwas, Thomas Lynch and others in the queue.
You can listen to the Willimon interview here below in the ‘Listen’ widget on the sidebar. You can also download it in iTunes here.
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