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The Rev. Christopher Henry

Chris Henry: Faith in a Seed

Mark 4:26-34

4th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

June 17, 2018

The Rev. Christopher Henry (PCUSA)


"With many such parables, he spoke the word to them. He did not speak to them except in parables."

The words of Mark seem to summarize the preaching ministry of Jesus. Time and again in the gospels, Jesus gathers a crowd of followers together and speaks to them, not in propositional assertions, creedal statements, or enumerated lists but through these vivid and memorable narratives. A sower went out to sow. A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. There was a man who had two sons.

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The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Battle

Michael Battle: God's Kind of Apocalypse

Matthew 21:33-46

18th Sunday after Pentecost - Year A

October 08, 2017

The Very Rev. Dr. Michael Battle (TEC)


If you asked a Christian -- How does God change evil into good? -- you would probably get as many answers as you would the number of Christians asked. Even more complicated is that you would hear apocalyptic answers like God using (or allowing) violence to change evil into good. Some would even interpret today's parable that way.

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Other Recent Content About Parables

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon Transcript

October 10, 2010

Why Jesus? Part 2: Jesus the Storyteller

The Rev. Dr. William H. Willimon (UMC)

In part 2 of his powerful series, Why Jesus? Bishop William H. Willimon explores how Jesus teaches--and often confuses--his followers through the use of parables.
The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Allen Transcript

July 13, 2008

Response to the Good News

The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Allen (CBF)

The Rev. Dr. Jimmy Allen preaches on the parable of the Sower and how through our hearing and deep understanding we are able to respond to God's love with active faith.

The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence Transcript

November 04, 2007

Filling Stations

The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence shares an exceptionally fresh look at the challenging parable of the 10 bridesmaids.

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long Transcript

July 15, 2007

Meeting the Good Samaritan

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long (PCUSA)

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long helps us see the deeper story in the parable of the Good Samaritan that Jesus is the despised and rejected Samaritan that lifts our broken lives from the ditch and into healing.