A Lesson on Listening: An Introduction

This summer, our church focused on Jesus’ parables—those allusive and, at times, elusive stories that always seem to pack a punch. With an economy of words, the brevity of Jesus’ teachings must always be unpacked, digested, and pondered. Without careful, contextual considerations, a cursory reading of a parable can only scratch the surface of the meaning of the parable, and the fullness of Jesus’ conveyed truths can easily be mistaken, misinterpreted, ...

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Becoming the Father

On Sunday at Harris Creek, we studied the most famous parable Jesus ever taught, popularly known as “The Parable of the Prodigal Son.”[1] Judging by the response to this sermon, we still love this story today as much as ever, and for good reason. However, heading into this message I was worried that I might contribute to a problem I’ve battled since I’ve been in ministry. I was afraid that ...

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