Jesus’ Words Updated for Bird Lovers

And Jesus said to her, “It is not appropriate to take the birds’ food and throw it to the squirrels.” The Syrophoenician woman replied, “But sir, even the squirrels eat seeds that fall from the birds’ feeder!” People with bird feeders who also know the Gospels will get it…     [Read more...]

The Fundamentalist Interprets Scripture (Sheep and Goats)

On the day of Biblical interpretation, the fundamentalist sits on his glorious throne, and separates Bible passages before him, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And to those on his right, he says, “Come, things the Bible clearly says! For I was confident, and your fostered my arrogance; I was certain, and you gave [Read More...]

Octavia Butler and the Parables of Jesus

David Gowler has been blogging through the reception history of the parables of Jesus. Recently he surveyed Octavia Butler’s science fiction stories named after the parables. Here are links to the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth posts in that series. There is also a call for papers for a conference in February 2016, celebrating [Read More...]

Modern Parable of the Kingdom

Via Episcopal Church Memes on Facebook. [Read more...]

The Path to Discerning God’s Will

We had a really interesting discussion in my Sunday school class today. The focus was on the idea of God's will, and the view some Christians hold that there is a perfect will of God for each life, including where one should study, whom if anyone one should marry, where one should work, and so [Read More...]

The LEGO Samaritan

Here is another video from the retreat that I mentioned in an earlier post: Sharing the earlier one led someone to draw another LEGO parable to my attention, the Parable of the Sower: And I also learned that one has to be careful when bringing LEGOs to church. [Read more...]

One of Jesus’ Parabolas

Via Facebook   [Read more...]

The Sequel to the Good Samaritan

Rev. Brian Konkol recently wrote a guest post at Faith Forward about the parable of the Good Samaritan. Here is an excerpt: While the Parable of the Good Samaritan is brilliantly effective for what Jesus seemingly sought to promote, one can argue that out-of-context misinterpretations have since initiated numerous incomplete social movements, which in turn [Read More...]

Intertextual Echoes in the Great Treasure 3.589-590

In preparing a conference paper related to the Mandaean Book of John, I have been doing some reading in the Ginza Rba (Great Treasure) looking for related texts. In reading Robert Haardt’s translation of 3.589.8-3.590.34, I was struck by just how many echoes there are of other texts – and by what those texts are. [Read More...]

Sheep and Goats

Today in my Sunday school class we took a detour from Hebrews. Last time we had reached the phrase “eternal judgment” and the question came up of whom the author of the letter envisaged being judged, and on what basis. And so I suggested that taking a look at the parable of the sheep and [Read More...]

Ken Ham, Moses, and Jesus

Ken Ham has posted a reaction on Facebook to an image I shared on my blog yesterday (you can read the comments from his cronies there). I’ll share the text of his Facebook post here and then discuss it: Come on James McGrath, do you really think stooping to such lows befits a professor at [Read More...]