Parables of Jesus (The Builder and King)

The two small parables of the builder and the king is considered being a part of the category of the cost of discipleship and what it costs to follow Jesus. Although there is some legitimacy to these claims, if we only look at the parables this way, we miss a colossal point of Jesus’ central…

Parables of Jesus (The Great Banquet)

The parable of the banquet is a parable of obliterating preexisting status measures and revealing what the kingdom of God is really all about. This parable surprised the audience of Jesus and it is meant to surprise us too. The way in which the world works in terms of status haven’t changed much since Jesus’…

Parables of Jesus (The Barren Fig Tree)

The parable of the barren fig tree has an immense amount of cultural influence and perspective in its content. This parable, though it is short, contains the biblical story wrapped up in a few words. The biblical story can be seen through this parable and the nation of Jerusalem is at the epicenter of all…

Parables of Jesus (Watchful & Faithful Servants)

The parables of the watchful and faithful servants are often seen as separate parables to many people. Although they have a different story line and they don’t include the exact same characters, there are many striking similarities between them. Not only that, but Jesus connects these two parables because of a question asked by Peter…

Church: The Biblical Meaning

The word “church” is often thrown around as much as the word “Christian” is in the English language. With much usage, comes much opportunity for misuse and misinterpretation and the meaning of a word can become lost or changed over time. I believe this has occurred with the word “church” today. What is the church?…

Parables of Jesus (The Rich Fool)

The parable of the rich fool is one of the many parables Jesus taught about the idea of money. Money is one of the most mentioned subjects Jesus teaches on and it is interesting to think about why this is. This parable describes a man who thinks just like we do and it is a…

Parables of Jesus (The Friend at Midnight)

The parable of the friend at midnight is a parable clearly about prayer. Some may argue that this is a parable about persistence of prayer or that prayer must be done in a certain way at a certain time. These theories, however, have legitimacy issues when we look at other biblical text and implication of…