What can we learn from Jesus' words and actions as he celebrated the Lord's Supper with the disciples on the original Maundy Thursday? Plenty! Focusing on Christ's sacrifice, example of servanthood, mandate to love one another, betrayal, and provision, Willimon offers five powerful meditations to enrich an often-overlooked part of Holy Week. 110 pages, softcover from Abingdon.
Thank God Its Thursday
is the prequel to bestselling author Will Willimons highly successful, Thank God Its Friday
. Following the book of John, Will Willimon focuses on Jesus teaching of his disciples prior to his own death but also before their own hour of decision. The climax of the Gospel is when Jesus pours out his life on the crosssurely an enactment and demonstration of the power of Gods self-sacrificial love.
So to sustain and fortify his followers for the difficulties ahead, Jesus prepares them by teaching and offering sacraments of self-giving, through which they (and we) experience the grace and presence of the risen Lord. This book can equip Christians to face their hardships as they humbly serve with the promise of God's abiding presence already made good by his outpouring of sacrificial love. Written with the clarity, depth, and insight that are Will Willimon's trademark, this book offers afresh the challenge and grace of the message of the Resurrected One.
Feeling most at home behind a pulpit, Will Willimons deepest calling is to be a preacher and truth-teller of Jesus Christ. He is Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke University Divinity School and retired Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of The United Methodist Church, after serving for 20 years as faculty member and Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Will Willimon has published many books, including his preaching subscription service on MinistryMatters.com, Pulpit Resource, and Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love, both published by Abingdon Press.