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 Source, the 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.”