Category Archives: Parables

WTF Part 5: Harsh Jesus

Last time, we talked about some parables where Jesus seems naïve at first blush, but upon closer examination, the stories provide profoundly comforting messages about the generosity of God and the openness of the Kingdom of Heaven. If only all of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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WTF Part 4: Clueless Jesus

So far in this series, we’ve stuck with the Old Testament and its barbaric times and alarmingly vengeful depiction of God, but when it comes to WTFs, the OT ain’t got nuthin’ on the Parables of JC. In some of … Continue reading

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Yo, Lazarus!

Last time, we explored the story of Lazarus in John 11, and speculated that while this revivification story is great for us to read about in hindsight, it might not have been all that hot to experience. Especially for Lazarus. … Continue reading

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The (Other) L-Word, Part 3

In Part 2 of this series, I described light as the opposite of darkness, but I need to backtrack on that a bit. The words are definitely antonyms, but as former Michigan megapastor Shane Hipps pointed out in at least one sermon … Continue reading

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Parable Parabola (aka Morals for Morons)

In high school math, I (barely) learned that a parabola is a u-shaped, two-dimensional geometric figure that, depending on how it intersects with our plane of existence, can also look like a line segment, one point or two points. Depending on … Continue reading

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