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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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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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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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