“Ministry of Parables”: Jesus teaches about praying persistently in the “parable of the persistent widow.” He teaches about pride and humility in the “parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector.” He shows a rich young ruler the importance of … Continued
“The Coming Kingdom”: Jesus warns of the danger of acting as a stumbling block. He heals 10 lepers, but only one (a Samaritan no less!) returns to say “thank you.” When questioned about the imminence of the kingdom, he disabuses … Continued
This article can also be read in The Expository Files. Imagine yourself with a copy of the New Testament in one hand and a red pen in the other. Your job is to read through the epistles, using your red … Continued
“Puzzling Parables”: This chapter contains two of the more puzzling stories of Jesus. In the first, Jesus uses a dishonest steward to show the virtue of shrewdness. In the second, Jesus addresses the folly of covetousness and greed through a … Continued
“God knows my heart” is not an excuse for sin.
“Lost Parables”: Amidst complaints that he was spending too much time with sinners and lost people, Jesus tells three parables about lost things: the lost sheep; the lost coin; and the lost son. He shows how his very mission is … Continued
“The Cost of Discipleship”: After healing on the Sabbath again, Jesus tells three stories about dinner, all illustrating some aspect of his kingdom. He also describes the high cost of discipleship. (This class was not recorded in its entirety.)
Too often we paint the Law of Moses in caricature. The caricature is of an onerous rulebook whose subjects must unthinkingly check all the boxes. We key in on the most bizarre passages from Leviticus (no mixed fiber clothing … Continued
This dangerous kind of familiarity says things like, “I’ve studied this before,” “I already knew that,” or “I’ve heard that sermon a million times.” Such familiarity prevents us from looking at God’s book the way we should.
“Preaching the Kingdom”: Jesus teaches that the lesson of tragedy is to realize that unless we repent, we will all perish because all sinners deserve condemnation. He uses the metaphor of leaven and the mustard seed to illustration how his … Continued