Parables of Jesus

Nov 8 = A Change of Heart (Matt 21:28-32) Theme = Repentance, loyalty, service/work For many years I would distribute articles written by Child Magazine along with other Faith development resources that I had read in the 1990s. Then, the research suggested that children who were active in faith communities and worship, along with their […]

Nov 1 = Come to Work (Matt 20:1-16) Theme = Acceptance, forgiveness, empowerment In this story Jesus claimed that “the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire people.” Jesus used many parables to describe the kingdom of heaven. They involved people working common, menial jobs. The […]

Oct 11 = LOST in the Margins (Matt 18:10-14) Theme = Forgiveness, Outreach, Love, Loyalty Deidox Video: A Police Officer Is Called to Those on the Margins Sermon Matthew and Luke vary slightly in their retelling of these stories. Note—Jesus would not have told a story only once—but, as with any ancient storyteller, would have […]

Sept 20 = Living with Weed (Matt 13:24-30, 36-43) Theme = Endurance, Fear, Commitment, Faith Sermon: Living with Weed The last parable was a description of endurance in the Kingdom of God. Jesus indicated that the soil/heart that produced good fruit and listened to his messages would grow and honor God. The point was not […]

Sept 13 = The Parable of the Sower (Matt 13:1-23) The sermon is available on PDX Parables of Jesus Sermon: The Fruit of Discipleship   Theme = Discipleship, endurance, bearing fruit/lifestyle, witness Matthew’s parable of the sower and Luke’s account differ in the following ways: Matthew Matthew suggested that Jesus went out in the boat to […]