Category Archives: Robert Farrar Capon

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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The Mystery of the Non-transactional God

by Robert Farrar Capon I suggest, therefore, that we take a much closer look at the connection between Mystery and transaction—that we reexamine the assumption that the opera­tion of the Mystery can be equated with a series of schticks which … Continue reading

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The Three Deaths in the Parable of the Prodigal Son

The parable [of the prodigal son] is an absolute festival of death, and the first death occurs right at the beginning of the story: the father, in effect, commits suicide. It took me years to notice this fact, but once … Continue reading

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“Let me tell you why God made the world …”

Let me tell you why God made the world. One afternoon, before anything was made, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit sat around in the unity of their Godhead discussing one of the Father’s fixations. … Continue reading

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