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.
What was Jesus getting at when he told his disciples that if they only had faith like a mustard seed they could cast trees and mountains into the sea? Russ Hewett proposes that Jesus wasn't giving instructions for working miracles here, but the tree and the mountain represented what was wrong with how they had understood God.
The parable of the prodigal son and the parable of the dishonest manager appear back-to-back in Luke's Gospel. They have some remarkable similarities leading to some surprising lessons about forgiveness and mercy.