Category Archives: Robert Farrar Capon

Come, Come–the Great Banquet Awaits!

Jesus is dining with a leader of the Pharisees, and it is this dinner that provides the occasion for Jesus to share his Parable of the Great Banquet: Now it happened that, as he went into the house of one … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Closed Door

Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem—and his death—when someone asks him, “Lord, is it the case that those being saved are few?” No doubt he has heard many of Jesus’ parables, misunderstood them, and reached this pessimistic conclusion. And … Continue reading

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Importuning the God of Resurrection

And he said to them, “Among you, what man would have a friend, and would come to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, Since a friend of mine has just visited me … Continue reading

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To Forgive is to Die; to Die is to Live in Death

A brief follow-up to my preceding post on the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant (Matt 18:21-35). I find Robert Capon’s proposal that the king’s cancellation of his servant’s debts typologically represents the death and resurrection of Christ particularly illuminating: the … Continue reading

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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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