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Jesus Parables

Jesus's Most Radical Parable - Updated for the 21st Century

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 06.06.2016 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

I've got parables on my mind. Jesus of Nazareth is known as one of the historical masters of the genre, which is odd considering his parables come to us in watered-down written forms compiled and retold decades after his death.

Cinematic Subversions of the American Dream

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 04.07.2016 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

One of the most common religious categories that has been applied to film is that of "parable." Unfortunately, most understandings of parables are bland and antiseptic.

Questions for Jesus' Parables

Greg Carey | Posted 12.07.2016 | Religion
Greg Carey

Jesus' parables -- vivid short stories and comparisons like the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the Laborers in the Vineyard -- make up the most distinctive element of his teaching.

God's Way or the Highway

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.29.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Last week we worked our way through the main body of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). But then we came to the surprising finish. ...

The Storyteller

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.15.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Almost everyone enjoys a good story, especially when the storyteller has a real talent for relating stories. That is one of the reasons the parables of Jesus have attracted the interest of people from all walks of life dating as far back as the beginning of Christianity. Jesus was a master storyteller.

Whose Faith Is In Play?

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

One of the most neglected passages in the New Testament is Mark 2:1-12. This story is so rich and powerful, but so little preached about in churches.

Structural Marginality in the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats(Matthew 25:31-46)

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 08.23.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

As an African American that knows historically the Jim Crow system of segregation affirmed by the case of Plessy v. Ferguson which made it the law of the land in separating us from having the opportunities of those who felt privileged to exercise such power.

Forgive Us Our Student Loan Debts?

Maria Mayo | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Maria Mayo

As the holder of a six-figure student-loan debt, I more than anyone would like to see debt forgiveness carry a moral force all its own. Perhaps if Jesus were still teaching with parables...

Why Christian Activism Against Gay Marriage Is Not Very Christian

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 07.14.2012 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

If the church is to be faithful to Christ, then our political action should focus on what the kingdom of God is all about: sheep and goats, not gays.

Don't Fear This Book: Crossan On Parables And Gospels

Greg Carey | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Greg Carey

Is Jesus inconsistent, or does Matthew have an agenda? Crossan, like most interpreters, says that Matthew 23 reflects not Jesus' own teaching but a conflict that emerged decades after Jesus' career.

The Bible's Role in Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist

Michael Gilmour | Posted 03.10.2012 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

I found myself thinking about an aspect of Dickens easily overshadowed.. I refer to his subtle use of biblical literature.

Is God A Novelist?

Elizabeth Cunningham | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Elizabeth Cunningham

What good fiction does whether it's a Bible story, a fairytale, a popular children's serie, or a detective thriller is to invite the reader to identify with a flawed human being who faces harrowing choices and odds.

The More I Follow Jesus, The Less I Like His Teaching

Derek Flood | Posted 11.21.2011 | Religion
Derek Flood

Now what makes this even more complicated is the fact that most of the statements about Hell found in the Bible are said by Jesus. The one who is leading me to question Hell, seems to be the very one who teaches it.

The Parables: Understanding Jesus' Strange Good News

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Jesus has his moments when he speaks plainly, but much of what the Gospels convey is a lot more elusive. That's what makes his teachings so evocative, and sometimes offensive, and sometimes restorative.

New Economy, New Energy: Lessons from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The house that Wall Street built has fallen -- and great was its fall! The house that Big Oil built has fallen -- and great was its fall! We need to rediscover some of our old values on which we can build a solid foundation for the future.

The Shifting Sands of Divorce and the Rock-Solid Foundation of God's Love

Serene Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Serene Jones

when stock markets crash, when oil spills into the ocean, when wars spin out of control, and yes, when marriage vows are broken, we do well to remember that God's love is our rock.

A Foundation of Rock: Staking Life on What We Are, Not What We Own

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

The only thing over which we have control is what's inside us, what we cultivate in our souls, what we are really seeking in our lives. What life choices, what attitudes, what values, what goals, what priorities will we choose this time around?

A House Built on the Rocks of Righteousness

Emilie Townes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Emilie Townes

The house I hope to be a part of building each day is the one built on righteousness. To be builders of this righteous house means that we move beyond the afflictions, perplexities, persecutions, and violence of today.

Kabina's Cry: Why Building a House on Rock Doesn't Mean Rain Won't Fall

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

If you act on Jesus's words, you'll be like the fellow who builds on rock. Your life will be steady, unshaken, permanent. But notice that Jesus does not say that you won't encounter any storms in your life.