Craig Blomberg demonstrates how the structure of a parable is key to its interpretation and thus to its exposition. He shows how a parable, when properly contemporized, can be a powerful rhetorical device. He also illustrates how recognizing the elements of the parable that were atypical to everyday life can lead to key insights that will be of significance to contemporary parishioners. Each of the fifteen exemplary sermons is accompanied by an analysis that points out key interpretive decisions.
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“The first lesson is that repentance is always possible for those who want to return to God.” (Page 36)
“The second lesson is that God’s people ought not to begrudge his generosity for even the most wayward of sinners.” (Page 37)
“Thus the third lesson that this parable teaches is that God in his lavish love forgives the sins of both sons and wants us to do likewise.” (Page 38)
“The third lesson that the parable teaches deals with the frightful fate awaiting the unforgiving.” (Page 73)
“The first lesson deals with the king’s lavish grace in forgiving debts.” (Page 72)
Craig Blomberg is a superb teacher and expert on the parables. Here he effectively combines both gifts. This book discusses how to preach the parables and gives a wonderful sample of sermons with explanations about how to proceed. I can't imagine a more helpful pastoral and homiletical guide to the perplexing world of parables. Highly recommended.
—Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary
Jesus' parables are endlessly intriguing. But pastors don't find them easy going—far too often we get mired in clichés and moralisms. Blomberg's venture into these classic texts is a welcome antidote to pulpit fatigue. His sermons themselves are fresh and personal; his accompanying commentary on how he came to preach them the way he does is on-the-job training for making honest gospel sermons from the stories Jesus told.
—Eugene H. Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College