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Last Judgment, Hell, and the Spear Wound of Christ

The Parable of the Last (Final, Great) Judgment—“No one who has heard this parable even once,” Robert Capon remarks, “ever forgets it” (Kingdom, Grace, Judgment, p. 504). It also poses the greatest challenge to Capon’s position on justification by faith … Continue reading

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The Elder Son and His Refusal to Die

The music is playing. Singing and riotous laughter can be heard for miles. Gaiety abounds. The aroma of roast veal fills the house. Finally (dum, dum, dum, dum-da dum, dum-da dum) the elder son arrives. But his older son was … Continue reading

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The Prodigal Son and His Festival of Death

I daresay that the Parable of the Prodigal Son is the best-known of our Lord’s parables. And it may also be one of the most misunderstood—at least so thinks Robert Farrar Capon. A certain man had two sons. And the … 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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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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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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