The Rev. Dr. G. Gil Watson is senior pastor of Northside Church, a United Methodist congregation in Atlanta, Georgia.
Gil is a graduate of Oglethorpe University, where he now serves on the board of trustees. He earned a master of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, and a doctor of ministry degree from McCormick Seminary in Chicago.
Before coming to Northside in 1994, he served churches in Decatur, LaGrange, Lithonia, and Hiram in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
Jesus had a unique way of teaching and using his surroundings to illustrate his point. He could then bring those who were listening more in line with his teachings. In this passage that I read today, if you use your imagination you can see that it is spring time in the Galilee. Jesus had no rows of chairs to set up or a podium from which to preach. So he walks among the crowd as they sat on the ground and listened. His eye contact would seek out the people's faces. He would lift up some seemingly unimportant illustration and from the locale and expound on it.Read full transcript...