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Jesus spoke in parables in much of his teaching. We learn a great deal about ourselves as we read or hear them. Below is a modern day parable from Alan Hirsch’s new book, Untamed:

June 2, 2010

One day long ago, over the hot sands of a Middle Eastern country, a white skylark flew in joyous loops about the sky.  As she swooped near the earth, she heard a merchant cry out, “Worms!  Worms!  Worms for feathers!  Delicious Worms!”  The skylark circled about the merchant, hungry at the mention of worms, but […]

February update

March 8, 2010

Many of you received this via snail mail, but one of our resolutions this year is to communicate better with you, so we thought we’d try and cross our I’s and dot our T’s … Wait, is that right? Anyway, have you ever had a nagging thought like, “Did I forget to pass along some […]

Big Fears, Bigger Prayers

November 17, 2009

If you have ever negotiated a large purchase you know it can be emotionally draining. When Karen and I were looking for a home to buy in Northern Virginia we thought it would never get done. I have similar thoughts and feelings now with the Bud Building purchase. Every time we get close to completion […]

Looking Like Jesus

September 25, 2009

Next week, “Lord, Save Us From Your Followers” opens in our area. If you haven’t heard, this film is a documentary about a guy who traveled America interviewing people about Jesus and his followers – Christians. My immediate response is, “Why do we need another reminder that Christ followers don’t act like Christ?” Later, I […]

New Life: A Place to Belong

September 17, 2009

Our mission at New Life is to “create safe places where people discover God.” So, for me to say that we are a place to belong makes sense. If you visit New Life and aren’t a Christ follower we want you to discover God – God wants you to discover God. We also want you […]

Stick it in your eye!

August 25, 2009

Recently, I was criticized for following people on Twitter that are unbelievers. I admit that some of the language they use is awful! One example of a tweet that showed up was, “She’s dying, the buff chick is gonna die. Damn the writers of this stupid program!!!.” Quite frankly I am flattered that I would […]

Blind Spots

July 22, 2009

I delivered the same message to each campus beginning 3 weeks ago at Centreville. My focus was on “Leading by Example” and I referred to a Bible verse, which I realized was the wrong reference after the fact. The reference provided in each sermon was Numbers 22 when referencing Solomon’s sin, which he was apparently […]

Why Jesus Spoke in Parables, Final Part

June 30, 2009

The solution to our understanding the parables is first to hear them and secondly to understand them in the context which they were originally meant. When the parables “were originally spoken, they seldom needed interpretation” (Fee and Stuart, page 160), thus the first part of the solution is to hear them. They were written by […]

Why Jesus Spoke in Parables, Part 2

June 23, 2009

Our sympathies can easily be with the grumbling workers in Matthew 20, but can they be with the landowner? In this parable a landowner asks men to work in his vineyard early in the morning; he hires men again at about 9:00 a.m., at noon, and finally at 3:00 p.m. He calls all the workers […]

Why Jesus Spoke in Parables, Part 1

June 15, 2009

People learn best through stories. At least stories are easier to remember than a series of facts. I think this is why we remember the Old Testament stories or specifics of movies so easily. Jesus used narrative teaching, hyperbole and other methods but one of his favorites was the use of parables. Parable is a […]