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Birds, Rocks and Thorny Places

February 1st, 2016 · 1 Comment · Bible, Christ, Christianity, Gospel of Mark, New Testament, Parables

Parables are like ogres, which are like onions…they have layers.   One of the layers that adds rich meaning to the reading and understanding of Jesus’ parables is packaged in identifying with the different characters in the story. This is quickly and easily seen in the parable of the prodigal son where most of us […]

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Layers of the Good Samaritan: More than Meets the Eye

October 5th, 2015 · No Comments · Bible, Christianity, Gospel of Luke, New Testament, Parables, Religion

The story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10 is a complex one. On first glance it is relatively simple…be kind and compassionate even to people who are hard to love. The more you dig into this parable the more you see that there is a richness and depth to this parable that isn’t obvious […]

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Luke 10 & Simple Faith

January 14th, 2015 · 1 Comment · Bible, Christianity, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Parables, Religion

There are a few major things that happen in the tenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke. First, Jesus sends out the 72. They go out and spread the news about the kingdom, doing miracles and seeing God at work through their ministry. Next, Jesus is asked by a very knowledgeable legal teacher what has […]

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Parables of Jesus – 12 weeks of free lessons on the Parables

March 31st, 2014 · 3 Comments · Bible, Bible Resources, Bible Study, Christianity, Church, Church of Christ, Jesus, New Testament, Parables, Religion, Small Groups

I just wrapped up a lesson series on the parables. As always, I like to post them here for whoever might want them or need them for personal or public study. Thanks to all of you who have downloaded and used lessons in the past. I love to see that these get used! This brings […]

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Two Realizations That Help Christian Unity

June 3rd, 2013 · 11 Comments · Christianity, Church, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Parables, Theology

In Luke 14 Jesus tells the parable of an influential man who throws a dinner party. He sends out the invite to all the choice people, the in-crowd. As the RSVP’s come back he gets nothing but excuses…One guy says he just bought a field and wants to go look at it. Pretty lame…don’t you […]

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New Free Study Uploaded – Parables and the Kingdom of God

October 18th, 2012 · No Comments · Bible, Bible Curriculum, Christianity, Church of Christ, Gospels, Jesus, New Testament, Parables, Religion

I just uploaded a new 13 lesson series on the parables of Jesus entitled “Parables and the Kingdom of God” Here are the stats on free curriculum on this blog: 937 total lessons 2996 total pages 75 lesson series 20 contributors 60,000+ pdf downloads!

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Do We Recognize Redemption When It Happens Right in Front of Us?

October 8th, 2012 · 2 Comments · Bible, Christ, Christianity, Gospel, Gospel of Luke, Grace, Jesus, New Testament, Parables, Religion

In Luke 7 Jesus is in the house of Simon the Pharisee. While they are reclining at the table a “sinful” woman comes in and anoints Jesus, first with her tears and then with some perfume she had brought with her. Luke tells us she had learned that Jesus was in the house and she […]

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Jesus, Seeds and our DNA

October 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Christ, Christianity, Jesus, New Testament, Parables

I have been writing small group material on the parables and I was surprised to see how many of Jesus parables are about seeds. You have the parable of the sower, the mustard seed, the growing seed, the wheat and the weeds and so on. In these parables, the seed usually represents God’s Word. When […]

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Will Willimon on The Parable of the Mustard Seed

June 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Bible, Christianity, Jesus, New Testament, Parables, Religion

“Jesus was preaching one day, preaching on the kingdom of God. ‘The Kingdom of God is like…It’s like a tiny mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds. but if you plant that tiny seed, water it, care for it, it will germinate and grow, and grow—and produce a weed about a foot high.’ The dumbfounded […]

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The Difference Between Myth and Parable & How That Informs Our Preaching

June 4th, 2012 · No Comments · Bible, Christianity, Jesus, New Testament, Parables, Religion

In Will Willimon’s outstanding book on preaching, The Intrusive Word: Preaching to the Unbaptized, he mentions a distinction that John Crossan (in his book The Dark Interval) makes between myth and parable. Willimon sums up Crossan’s view like this, “Myth attempts to mediate opposites, explain mystery, reconcile polarities, to take the randomness of life and […]

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