In today’s sermon, Will Willimon tells the story of a friend who, at mid-life, decided that he wanted to learn how to fly. Willimon remembers, “He felt growing anxiety in himself as he contemplated that day when he would wave good-bye to his flight instructor and take the plane up by himself.” But when that day came his friend said, “My instructor had taught me so consistently, so repeatedly, so reassuringly, I just knew what I had to do. I could almost hear his voice, as if he were right there in the cockpit with me.” Willimon says, “In a way, I think that’s just how Jesus, the teacher, speaks to us today.” In John 14:23-29, Jesus reminds the disciples and us that a good teacher, the Advocate, goes with us. Listen as Willimon reminds us that we are never alone in this world.
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Amy Butler is the Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City and a popular preacher, speaker, and writer. Follow her on Twitter @PastorAmyTRC.
Michael Curry is the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church (USA), the author of Crazy Christians, and now a regular feature at royal weddings and state funerals.
Brian McLaren is a speaker, an activist, and bestselling author of More Ready than you Realize, We Make the Road by Walking, and, most recently, The Great Spiritual Migration.
Will Willimon is a retired bishop in the United Methodist Church, a powerful preacher, and a prolific author. His most recent book is: Who Lynched Willie Earle? Preaching to Confront Racism.