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Willimon, William H.

Works: 301 works in 545 publications in 6 languages and 19,328 library holdings
Genres: Commentaries  Biography‡vDictionaries  Encyclopedias  History  Sermons  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Controversial literature  Abstracts  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker, Author of introduction
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Acts by William H Willimon( Book )

12 editions published between 1988 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 1,034 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Willimon combines the latest findings in Lukan scholarship with the pastoral, educational, and theological concerns of the local church to provide a new interpretation of Acts. He bases his commentary on the idea that the purpose of Acts was not to make Christianity acceptable to the Roman state but rather to preserve the integrity of the church against the onslaught of classical culture
The collar : reading Christian ministry in fiction, television, and film by Sue Sorensen( )

5 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combining thematic analysis and stimulating close readings, The Collar is a wide-ranging study of the many ways--heroic or comic, shrewd or dastardly--Christian ministers have been represented in literature and film. Since all Christians are expected to be involved in ministry of some type, the assumptions of secular culture about ministers affect more than just clergy. Ranging across several nations (particularly the U.S. Britain, and Canada), denominations, and centuries, The Collar aims to encourage creative and faithful responses to the challenges of Christian leadership and to provoke awareness of the times when leadership expectations become too extreme. Using the framework of novels, plays, TV, and movies to make inquiries about pastoral passion, frustration, and fallibility, Sue Sorensen's well-informed, sprightly, and perceptive book will be helpful to pastors, parishioners, those interested in practical theology, and anyone who enjoys evocative literature and film. -- Provided by publisher
Resident aliens : life in the Christian colony by Stanley Hauerwas( Book )

18 editions published between 1989 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 744 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this bold and visionary book, two leading Christian thinkers explore the "alien" status of Christians in today's world and offer a compelling new vision of how the Christian church can regain its vitality, battle its malaise, reclaim its capacity to nourish souls, and stand firmly against the illusions, pretensions, and eroding values of today's world. Hauerwas and Willimon call for a radical new understanding of the church. By renouncing the emphasis on personal psychological categories, they offer a vision of the church as a colony, a holy nation, a people, a family standing for sharply focused values in a devalued world. --
The abandoned generation : rethinking higher education by William H Willimon( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The two Duke University educators assess the current state of American higher education and provide a strategy for change
Sinning like a Christian : a new look at the seven deadly sins by William H Willimon( )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: The seven deadly sins are a well-known topic, but, surprisingly, not much has been written about them in recent years from a serious theological viewpoint. Will Willimon's engaging book, which takes an unflinching look at the meaning and substance of sin, will be of great interest to Christians. Study questions by the author are included. The "felt need" is an increasing dissatisfaction with shallow, feel-good Christianity-which does not attempt to grapple with our propensity, visible around us and in our own lives, to do evil. This edition includes a new introduction by the author. A recent study by the Pulpit and Pew Research Center found that Will Willimon is one of the most widely read authors among mainline Protestant pastors, and an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the Twelve Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world. With over a million copies of more than sixty books sold, his popularity is undeniable
Pastor : the theology and practice of ordained ministry by William H Willimon( Book )

8 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and Korean and held by 466 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the roles of the pastor. Focuses on the pastor as preacher, counselor, teacher, interpreter of scripture, evangelist, prophet, leader, and role model
Worship as pastoral care by William H Willimon( Book )

10 editions published between 1979 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To illustrate his concepts, Dr. Willimon examines four familiar acts of worship : the funeral, the wedding, baptism, and the Lord's Supper. The psychological dimensions are discussed and suggestions are given on ways pastors can nuture and sustain their congregations through these services." -- Cover
The search for meaning by Thomas H Naylor( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A process that involves coming to grips with what it means to be human
United Methodist beliefs : a brief introduction by William H Willimon( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This brief introduction to the United Methodist Church spells out the major beliefs of the Church in a clear, nontechnical style. William Willimon, the beloved United Methodist author, preacher, teacher, and bishop, discusses the great theological themes that United Methodists share in common with all Christians as well as the particular accents and emphases that characterize United Methodist understandings of Christian doctrines -- publisher website (August 2007)
Downsizing the U.S.A. by Thomas H Naylor( Book )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 383 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Naylor and William argue that our government, our cities, our corporations, our schools, our churches, our military, and our social welfare system are all too big, too powerful, too intrusive, too insular, and too unresponsive to the needs of individual citizens and small local communities. They propose specific strategies for decentralizing and downsizing virtually every major institution in America, including America itself. The authors audaciously call for the peaceful dissolution of the United States through secession and provide a thoughtful game plan for achieving this controversial objective
What's right with the church by William H Willimon( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in English and held by 362 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Concise encyclopedia of preaching( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Preaching and worship in the small church by William H Willimon( Book )

6 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in English and held by 335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The service of God : Christian work and worship by William H Willimon( Book )

4 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Developments in the understanding and treatment of genocide through the twentieth century have involved a combination of politics, public opinion, social trends, and economic development, and led to the substantive law of genocide and the assumption of international jurisdiction. This book analyzes incidences of genocide and mass atrocities, focusing on the political factors involved in modern counter-genocide efforts. Drawing on incidences of genocide and mass atrocity such as the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the Armenian genocide, Mark Kielsgard adopts a conceptual model that reveals the political factors which impact the international law of genocide, such as barriers and catalysts to transitional justice and the politics of genocide denial"--Preliminary page
Why Jesus? by William H Willimon( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No figure in history has received more attention, and been less understood, than Jesus of Nazareth. Much of what has been written recently portrays Jesus as a vaguely kind and friendly person whose message sometimes pleases but never challenges believers. People might even be tempted to ask "Why all the fuss? What here is worth devoting my life to?" Very little about that Jesus is worth it, says Will Willimon. Yet there is another Jesus, the mysterious preacher from Nazareth who continues to invite men and women to claim the true meaning of their lives by giving their lives away in service to God and others. This Jesus continues to fascinate and compel us, in spite of all the attempts to domesticate his message and put distance between us and the call to follow. In his radical teachings, his self-sacrificial death, and his liberating life beyond death, this Jesus teaches and shows us the true meaning and purpose of our own lives
Where resident aliens live : exercises for Christian practice by Stanley Hauerwas( Book )

6 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

And the laugh shall be first ; a treasury of religious humor( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Featuring Mark Twain, Sinclair Lewis, Lewis Grizzard, Thornton Wilder, Martin E. Marty, and others."
Conversations with Barth on preaching by William H Willimon( Book )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and Japanese and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Word, water, wine, and bread : how worship has changed over the years by William H Willimon( Book )

5 editions published between 1980 and 2007 in English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the history of worship including the heritage of Word, water, wine, and bread. Begins with ancient Jewish rites and moves through the early development of Christian worship focusing on the Lord's Supper, baptism, and worship through the second through eighth centuries, the medieval period, the Reformation, and the Protestant movements of the nineteenth century
The truth about God : the Ten commandments in Christian life by Stanley Hauerwas( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyzes each of the Ten Commandments and discusses what they tell us about God. Describes how God loves mankind enough to take interest in the real issues of daily life such as property, sex, and speech
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Resident aliens : life in the Christian colonyThe abandoned generation : rethinking higher educationSinning like a Christian : a new look at the seven deadly sinsPastor : the theology and practice of ordained ministryWorship as pastoral careThe search for meaningUnited Methodist beliefs : a brief introductionDownsizing the U.S.A.
Alternative Names

William Henry Willimon Amerikaans theoloog

Willimon, Will

Willimon, William.

Willimon, William 1946-

Willimon,William Henry

Willimon, William Henry 1946-

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윌리몬, 윌리엄

윌리몬, 윌리엄 H

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ウィリモン, W. H

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