The Rev. Dr. Larry Goodpaster is Bishop-in-Residence at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.
Larry is a graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and earned both M.Div. and D.Min. degrees from Candler.
After his ordination he served as a pastor and district superintendent in the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church, and was elected to the episcopacy in 2000 and assigned to the Alabama-West Florida Conference.
After serving there for 8 years, he became bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference in 2008. He retired in 2016 to assume his new position at Candler.
I have personally struggled with this particular parable about an unjust judge. Every third year as this lectionary text rolls around I immediately feel inspired to look for another. It is, on the surface, a rather bothersome and strange story that challenges us to search not only for a possible meaning and application, but also for any sense of the presence of God. We much prefer cleaner and simpler parables from Jesus, stories that easily fit into our ways of thinking and acting.Read full transcript...