Preaching the Parables

A guide to preaching the parables that shows how to first interpret the parables, then proclaim their significance.

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Author: Craig L. Blomberg

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9780801027499

Category: Religion

Page: 251

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A guide to preaching the parables that shows how to first interpret the parables, then proclaim their significance.

Preaching the Parables

This resource provides a gold mine of background material on each of the fourteen parables in Cycle A. Brauninger brings a fresh, imaginative approach to these familiar texts, probing them to reveal what they tell us about God and ...

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Author: Dallas A. Brauninger

Publisher: CSS Publishing

ISBN: 9780788023194

Category: Bible

Page: 201

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This resource provides a gold mine of background material on each of the fourteen parables in Cycle A. Brauninger brings a fresh, imaginative approach to these familiar texts, probing them to reveal what they tell us about God and reflecting on what these simple stories containing universal truth mean for modern living. Modeled on the format of Brauninger's popular Preaching The Miracles series, each chapter in Preaching The Parables identifies points of action, examines significant terms, and engages in imaginary exchanges with a variety of characters. The complete text of each parable is also included, along with an analysis highlighting similarities and differences in parallel passages.

Preaching the Parables

The parables of Jesus are timeless stories -- and with the current popularity of narrative preaching, the parables are a familiar topic in the contemporary pulpit. But preaching on the parables is not as easy as it looks at first glance.

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Author: John R. Brokhoff

Publisher: CSS Publishing

ISBN: 9780788019203

Category: Bible

Page: 122

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The parables of Jesus are timeless stories -- and with the current popularity of narrative preaching, the parables are a familiar topic in the contemporary pulpit. But preaching on the parables is not as easy as it looks at first glance. Should we simply tell the parable in our own words and let it stand on its own feet, or is its lesson most effectively communicated by constructing a sermon around the central theme? Or should the preacher spiritualize the parable by probing for allegorical meaning? Master homiletician John Brokhoff aids preachers in answering these key questions with rigorous and enlightening background information on parables from Mark and John appearing in Cycle B of the Revised Common Lectionary. He offers not only exegesis and interpretation for each passage, but also rich material for sermon development, suggested outlining approaches, and preaching illustrations. Parables included are: - The Doorkeeper (Mark 13:32-37) - The Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18) - The True Vine (John 15:1-8) - A Strong Man (Mark 3:20-25) - The Miracle Seed (Mark 4:26-34) - Bread To Eat (John 6:35, 41-51) - Eat The Bread (John 6:51-58) A popular preacher, teacher, and writer, John R. Brokhoff served as Professor of Homiletics at Candler School of Theology, Emory University from 1965 to 1979. Prior to that he pastored Lutheran congregations in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Brokhoff is the recipient of the George Washington medal from the Freedom Foundation of Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, and is the author of many CSS titles, including "This You Can Believe "and "Pray Like Jesus."

Preaching Parables

This text is the first to systematically look at the type and style of parables as a genre across literary and religious lines.

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Author: Steven J. Voris

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809145065

Category: Religion

Page: 219

View: 667

This text is the first to systematically look at the type and style of parables as a genre across literary and religious lines to help readers understand and use the unique transformational process themselves.

Preaching with Parables

Jesus' preaching was the most effective preaching of all time. Perhaps yours could become more so if you learned to preach parabolically "€" as He did. Here is the book that will show you how "€" even if your seminary professors didn't.

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Author: Jay Edward Adams

Publisher: Timeless Texts

ISBN: 1889032549

Category: Religion

Page: 64

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Jesus preached in parables. Have you ever done so, preacher? "Well," you say, "they never taught me to do it in seminary." Is that a good enough reason? Of course not! Jesus' preaching was the most effective preaching of all time. Perhaps yours could become more so if you learned to preach parabolically - as He did!

Preaching Parables to Postmoderns

Preachers, in their call to preach the Scriptures, are not only charged with the responsibility of speaking its truth but of speaking in such a way that people of this age and culture understand.

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Author: Brian Stiller

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishing

ISBN: 0800637135

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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Preachers, in their call to preach the Scriptures, are not only charged with the responsibility of speaking its truth but of speaking in such a way that people of this age and culture understand. To do this, the preacher builds a bridge between todays people and the gospel of both testaments. For some, this task is more difficult than for others. Preaching to those living in an inner-city housing project is far removed from an outpost mission in the two-thirds world. Each community has its own way of thinking and attaches different values to symbols of its own making. For those called preach to a generation raised on MTV and late-night comedians or those rooted in various economic culturesfrom governmentsponsored jobs overseen by union bosses to entrepreneurial dot-com companiesor generations stretching from high school students to "freedom fifty-fivers," the task is enormous. When one adds to that the complexity of a radical shift in underlying intellectual and cultural assumptions, the task of preaching becomes even more complicated.

Preaching the Parables

When they are employed in preaching the hearer receives images that are easy to remember. Preaching the Parables provides a means of communicating the teachings of Jesus for modern Christians. With each parable Keeney includes: a.

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Author: William E. Keeney

Publisher: CSS Publishing

ISBN: 9780788005411

Category: Religion

Page: 211

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Parables provide insights and lessons which are timeless. When they are employed in preaching the hearer receives images that are easy to remember. "Preaching the Parables" provides a means of communicating the teachings of Jesus for modern Christians. With each parable Keeney includes: a. Scripture Text -- so readers don't have to refer to the Bible b. Theme c. Context: 1) of the church year 2) of the passage or verse 3) of the other lections for the day 4) of the scriptures 5) of the pericope d. Contemplation e. Homily Hints f. "Point of Contact" g. "Points to Ponder" h. Illustrative Materials William Keeney holds a Ph.D. from Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut. He has been Assistant to the President and professor of Bible and Religion at Bluffton College, Bluffton, Ohio, and Provost and professor of Bible and Religion at Bethel College in Kansas. He has also taught Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. In addition to teaching he has served pastorates in Connecticut, Kansas, and Ohio.

How to Preach a Parable

In this practical and insightful guide, one of the nation's most respected preachers shows how to use the structure of Jesus' parables to create lively and interesting sermons.

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Author: Eugene L. Lowry

Publisher: Abingdon Preacher's Library

ISBN: 0687179246

Category: Religion

Page: 173

View: 565

In this practical and insightful guide, one of the nation's most respected preachers shows how to use the structure of Jesus' parables to create lively and interesting sermons.

The Parables

The Parables: A Preaching Commentary, the third book in The Great Texts series, gives guidance to preachers on preaching about this central part of faith.

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Author: Paul Simpson Duke

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 9781426720949

Category: Religion

Page: 127

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Many resources have been written to offer assistance in exploring and understanding the lectionary texts for the purpose of preaching. However, few have sought to provide this kind of preaching commentary on texts that do not follow the lectionary's grouping. For those whose preaching does not customarily follow the lectionary, and for those who depart from the lectionary text during certain periods of the year, little guidance has been offered for how to select, and preach on, important biblical texts. The Parables: A Preaching Commentary, the third book in The Great Texts series, gives guidance to preachers on preaching about this central part of faith. The principles by which volumes in The Great Texts series have been chosen are primarily two-fold: -Thematic: Texts on certain overarching themes or ideas of the Christian faith are brought together. -Biblical/traditional: Texts have long been recognized as belonging together, and as being particularly beneficial to the work of preaching.

Of Seeds and the People of God

As well as offering a novel interpretation of Jesus' agricultural parables, Of Seeds and the People of God presents a Christ-shaped theology of preaching.

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Author: Michael P. Knowles

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630878740

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Preachers mount the pulpit steps terribly burdened by the conviction that they are somehow responsible for the growth and spiritual well-being of their congregants. How, they ask themselves, can mere words communicate the reality of God, bring life to a congregation, or foster spiritual growth? This study argues that effective sermons function much like Jesus' parables--by bearing witness to divine power. Parables and preaching both testify to something beyond themselves: to a life-giving dynamic that far outstrips the force of words alone. Preachers are not go-betweens or gatekeepers for the kingdom of heaven: rather, they imitate Jesus by dying to themselves in the very act of proclamation, relying directly on God for their sermons to bear fruit. As well as offering a novel interpretation of Jesus' agricultural parables, Of Seeds and the People of God presents a Christ-shaped theology of preaching. Beyond exegesis or rhetoric alone, faithful proclamation is a question of spirituality, of preachers and listeners together yielding to God's gift of new life.

The Parables of Jesus Cycle A

Is there a preacher -- especially one who uses the lectionary for preaching -- who does not preach on a parable from time to time?This book conducts an exegesis of scripture, provides context for each passage, suggests contemporary ...

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Author: Richard Gribble

Publisher: CSS Publishing

ISBN: 9780788011979

Category: Religion

Page: 182

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Narrative or story preaching has called attention to Jesus' parables, since many of those parables are stories. Is there a preacher, especially one who uses the lectionary, who does not preach on a parable from time to time? This book conducts an exegesis of scripture, provides context for each passage, suggests contemporary applications with questions that challenge, and gives preachers sample openings for the composition of a sermon/homily. Richard Gribble, CSC, the author of six books and over 100 articles, is an assistant professor of history at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. He has earned degrees from the United States Naval Academy, the University of Southern California, and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. In 1995 he earned his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America. A Roman Catholic priest, Gribble served at St. John Vianney Parish in Goodyear, Arizona, from 1988 through 1991.

Speaking Parables

Speaking Parables includes commentary on thirty-three different parables with suggestions for preaching each one.

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Author: David Buttrick

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664221912

Category: Religion

Page: 254

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David Buttrick provides an introduction to the parables with a discussion of particular homiletical issues preachers face in interpreting parables. Speaking Parables includes commentary on thirty-three different parables with suggestions for preaching each one.

The Parables of Jesus

The parable is the most well-known literary form presented in the gospels. And since narrative or story sermons are such a prominent element in the contemporary pulpit, pastors are preaching on the parable texts more frequently than ever.

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Author: Richard Gribble

Publisher: CSS Publishing

ISBN: 9780788015953

Category: Religion

Page: 278

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The parable is the most well-known literary form presented in the Gospels -- and pastors are preaching on these texts more frequently than ever. Richard Gribble thoroughly examines each of the parables in Cycle C of the Revised Common Lectionary. In addition to exegesis, Gribble discusses the context, theme, and application of the parable to contemporary life. He also offers "spiritual food for the journey" and suggested directions for preaching. This is a classic resource for preaching...or for Bible study and inspiration.

Spurgeon s Sermons on the Parables of Christ

A gallery of people and topics are covered in this popular series. Spurgeon provides the busy pastor with starter material and the Christian reader with devotional meditations.

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Author: C. H. Spurgeon

Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional

ISBN: 0825437857

Category: Religion

Page: 156

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A gallery of people and topics are covered in this popular series. Spurgeon provides the busy pastor with starter material and the Christian reader with devotional meditations.

Parables for Preachers

Yet Sunday after Sunday preachers are asked to open up the meaning of the parables to their congregations. Barbara Reid helps preachers offer fresh fare from these familiar stories.

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Author: Barbara E. Reid

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814625509

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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The parables of Jesus are puzzling sayings and stories with world-transforming potential. Parables for Preachers offers an understanding of how parables work and a fresh variety of possible meanings not only for Jesus's original audience and for the early Christians for whom Matthew, Mark, and Luke wrote but also for contemporary Christians as well. The Gospel parables are analyzed in the order in which they appear in the Lectionary, making this book an indispensable resource for preachers, teachers, catechists, liturgy planners, and Bible study groups. Barbara Reid is Professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. She is the author of Matthew in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series as well as Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke, both published by Liturgical Press.

Classic Sermons on the Parables of Jesus

Jesus often taught His disciples and the multitudes by means of illustrative stories--parables. Warren W. Wiersbe has selected eleven noteworthy sermons on the parables of Jesus from some of Christian history's most notable preachers.

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Author: Warren W. Wiersbe

Publisher: Kregel Academic & Professional

ISBN: 0825440785

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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Jesus often taught His disciples and the multitudes by means of illustrative stories--parables. Warren W. Wiersbe has selected eleven noteworthy sermons on the parables of Jesus from some of Christian history's most notable preachers.

The Parables

Drawing on scholarship on the parables as well as theological, pastoral, and practical insights, Douglas Webster guides the reader through each of Jesus's parables, pointing out the important nuances that allow us to understand them and be ...

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Author: Douglas D. Webster

Publisher: Kregel Publications

ISBN: 9780825446900

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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A comprehensive study of Jesus's parables that emphasizes personal reflection and application Jesus's parables used familiar situations to convey deep spiritual truths in ways that are provocative and subversive of the status quo. Prayerfulness was pictured by a persistent widow. The joy of salvation in the homecoming of a lost son. Love of neighbor by a marginalized Samaritan. If we're not careful, we can easily miss details in the parables that reveal their subtle meanings as well as their contemporary relevance. Drawing on scholarship on the parables as well as theological, pastoral, and practical insights, Douglas Webster guides the reader through each of Jesus's parables, pointing out the important nuances that allow us to understand them and be transformed by them. Reflection questions at the end of each chapter can be used for personal or group study, and an appendix for pastors provides guidance for preaching the parables. Pastors, Bible teachers, and serious students of Scripture will find this tour through Jesus's parabolic teaching to be a feast for both the mind and the soul.

The Waiting Father

They were originally preached in Michaelskirche, Hamburg, in the mid-1950s. Thielicke approaches the parables in novel ways.

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Author: Helmut Thielicke

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9780718843090

Category: Religion

Page: 192

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The Waiting Father is a collection of sermons by Helmut Thielicke, the great German preacher and theologian, which offer deep insights into the spiritual message of Jesus's fifteen major parables. They were originally preached in Michaelskirche, Hamburg, in the mid-1950s. Thielicke approaches the parables in novel ways. In treating the prodigal son, for instance, he concentrates more on the loving father than the rebellious son, emphasising the centrality of forgiveness. Similarly, when discussing the pharisee and the publican he shows that the publican is guilty of spiritual pride and arrogance, drawing attention to the dangers for the faithful. Both among expositions of the parables and among books for preachers, The Waiting Father stands in a class of its own. Great scholars are usually poor preachers, and great scholars are rarely good preachers, but Thielicke manages to combine distinguished scholarship with fine preaching.

The Art of Parables

This illustrated book (and the accompanying CD of images for projection) will be an invaluable resource to anyone who wants to explore the ethical and social justice issues contained in the parables of Jesus, in a unique way that honours ...

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Author: Charles McCollough

Publisher: Wood Lake Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 9781551455631

Category: Religion

Page: 251

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Without question, the parables of Jesus are the most-loved and most-used texts in the entire New Testament -- a blessing, opportunity, and challenge to preachers, study groups, and congregations alike. They are the most-loved because as word pictures, they are immediately accessible. We can imagine the situations they describe and wonder how they apply to our own lives. The parables also bring us as near to Jesus as we can get. Biblical scholars agree that the parables are the most authentic words of Jesus available to us, and we value them for that reason. At the same time, the parables present many challenges. The parables appear more than 30 times in the Revised Common Lectionary. Ministers are called to preach the parables over and over again. It 's not easy to approach the parables in a fresh way, or to gain new insights from them when we hear or preach them so often. Which is why The Art of Parables by Charles McCollough is such an indispensable resource. A theologian and artist, McCollough knows the parables intimately and offers a unique, two-pronged approach to each of the 31 parables contained in the New Testament: First, McCollough interprets each of the parables through sculpture. Seeing and approaching the parables visually, through art/sculpture, opens up new levels of understanding. Second, McCollough takes full account of the social, economic, and political context in which the parables were told, with often surprising and challenging results. For example, the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son parables have been used in endless ways to refer to compassionate care of the stranger and to forgiveness of wayward children. But are these the meanings Jesus intended? Not necessarily, says McCollough. This illustrated book (and the accompanying CD of images for projection) will be an invaluable resource to anyone who wants to explore the ethical and social justice issues contained in the parables of Jesus, in a unique way that honours the contribution of the arts.

Parables for Preachers Year B The Gospel of Mark

While this book reflects a wealth of scholarship (it has a very extensive bibliography), it is clearly written and accessible to the general reader.

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Author: Barbara E. Reid

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814625517

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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The parables of Jesus are puzzling sayings and stories with world-transforming potential. Parables for Preachers offers an understanding of how parables work and a fresh variety of possible meanings not only for Jesus's original audience and for the early Christians for whom Matthew, Mark, and Luke wrote but also for contemporary Christians as well. The Gospel parables are analyzed in the order in which they appear in the Lectionary, making this book an indispensable resource for preachers, teachers, catechists, liturgy planners, and Bible study groups. Barbara Reid is Professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago. She is the author of Matthew in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series as well as Choosing the Better Part? Women in the Gospel of Luke, both published by Liturgical Press.