"The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer." Some trace this saying back to Jesus, but what if Jesus was not advocating this, but was simply making an observation? What if we've been teaching the parable of the talents exactly upside down and backwards?
The Ten Virgins is the first of three 'parables of judgment' in Matthew 25. These parables invite us to think of them in various ways. The Protestant Church has several different approaches.
What do the death of Moses and the greatest commandment in common? Perhaps more than is obvious at first glance.
For those of us who advocate for a God who is nonviolent, the Parable of the Wedding Banquet can be a difficult one. In this message we present a radically different understanding of the parable; one that accounts for the historical context and the audience Jesus was speaking to.
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants is sometimes used to promote a God who will pour out wrath on his enemies. In this message we take a closer look at the text and find a much more wonderful and life-giving God.
A protest about collusion between religious leaders and a real-estate mogul with a penchant for putting his name on buildings. It's funny how history repeats itself.
Is God like a wealthy landowner? And in what ways is God unlike a wealthy landowner? In this message, and the discussion that follows, we seek to apply the incarnate life of Jesus to this parable.
How are we to understand a parable that expresses the importance of forgiveness when, in the end, God refuses to forgive? In this message we consider several alternative interpretations to this challenging parable.
Crosby Stills and Nash sang, "Teach Your Children", a song inspired by a photograph of a young boy with a toy hand grenade. When his disciples asked Jesus who would be greatest in the kingdom of heaven, he placed a child in front of them and made some statements that have much in common with Graham Nash's famous song.
Have you ever been completely correct, only to find that you had also completely missed the point? This is exactly the state that Peter found himself. There are important lessons to be learned in this conversation between Peter and Jesus.