Category Archives: Bible

Jesus and the Mathematics of Forgiveness

Assume for the moment that Robert Farrer Capon has the right of it: God forgives us uncon­ditionally and freely admits us into his Kingdom, apart from our doings and merits. How does this truth impact our daily lives today? Specifically, … Continue reading

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Lost Sheep and Lost Coins

That Jesus of Nazareth consorted with the wicked and outcasts is one of those historical “facts” upon which scholars agree. Not only did he consort with them; but he actively sought their fellowship, freely eating with them without first requiring … Continue reading

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Preaching the Parables of Grace

After I began writing this series on the parables of Jesus, as interpreted by Robert Farrar Capon, it occurred to me that I had not shared his rationale for the threefold structure he adopts. As you might recall, he divides … Continue reading

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Parable of the Tares: Agricultural Malpractice?

Immediately following the Parable of the Sower, Jesus tells another tale involving the sowing of seeds. But whereas the Sower speaks of the proper soil conditions for the grow­ing of plants, the Parable of the Tares revolves around two kinds … Continue reading

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Illuminations of the Mysterious Kingdom

In the Gospel of Mark, the Parable of the Sower is immediately followed by three short parables. The exegete must decide whether they should be interpreted as stand-alone stories or as parabolic illuminations of the Sower. Robert Capon chooses the … Continue reading

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The Sower and the Kingdom

I do not know how many times I preached on the Parable of the Sower during my twenty-eight years of active ministry, but it had to be a bunch, given that the Sunday lectionary of the Episcopal Church appoints it … Continue reading

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Preaching the Parables: The Sower

We begin with the Parable of the Sower, found in each of the synoptic gospels (Matt 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:4-15). Robert Capon classifies it as the water­shed of the Lord’s parabolic teaching, both because it stands as the introduc­tion … Continue reading

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Preaching the Parables with Robert Farrar Capon

Preaching the parables of Jesus might seem an easy matter, but preachers know different. We typically try to “explain” what they mean, but precisely in doing so we often violate their provocative, confounding, and converting intent. Jesus tells stories not … Continue reading

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