The Purpose of the Parables

The Purpose of the Parables

Many believe Jesus told parables to his followers because he was revealing some kind of new resurrection and kingdom. However, Jesus made clear that his parables were told to unbelievers, to confront them in their ungodliness: “The knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in…

Shepherding the Flock

Shepherding the Flock

The purpose of all Christian leadership (whether the gifting be apostolic, prophetic, pastoral, teaching, or evangelism) is to lead the body of Christ toward eternal life. Though we may debate what eternal life entails (i.e. heavenly destiny vs. New Earth), the main point is that we are called to forsake this life, take up…

Lily Anne Harrigan

Lily Anne Harrigan

Many thanks to all of you who helped bring Lily Anne home. It was quite an adventure in China (especially the trip home!), but we made it. She’s more beautiful than we ever imagined. We’re all pretty smitten around here…

The Message of the Kingdom and Its Demands

The Message of the Kingdom and Its Demands

The Parable of the Sower is one of Jesus’ most familiar parables, which he described as decisive for understanding all the parables: “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?” (Mk. 4:13) Matthew says the seed is “the message of the kingdom” (13:19). Of course, any Jew of Jesus’ day would…

The Second Coming

The Second Coming

The cornerstone of the Christian faith is “the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ” (Tit 2:13). This is what the angels promised the disciples when Jesus was taken up: “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you…