Why we don’t bear fruit

Parable of the sower

One of Jesus' many well-known parables is the parable of the sower, which imagines a man with a bag of seed, casting the kernels this way and that. The seed, which represents the gospel, lands on different types of soil, which represent human hearts, human lives.We often think of this parable as speaking primarily about evangelism. The sower is the evangelist, spreading the Word. But that's only the most basic dimension. … [Read more...]

If I were a rich man

Fiddler on the Roof

One of the most memorable numbers in the musical, Fiddler on the Roof, is Tevye's what-if song, "If I Were a Rich Man." There in his ramshackle barn the poor, Jewish dairyman living in czarist Russia daydreams about being wealthy. Most of us probably do it. If I had a million bucks, what would I do? A billion?Some of us feel ashamed if we dream about being wealthy. It's greedy, after all, isn't it? Grasping, crass and base. Such a daydream is probably pretty foolish, to boot. In the … [Read more...]


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