The Sent Son

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This weekend at Eastbrook Church, as we continued the “Crossroads” series, I preached a message entitled “The Sent Son.” This message builds upon the previous weeks of the series (see “Lord of the Sabbath” and “The New Temple“) by exploring Jesus’ parable in Luke 20:1-19. This parable is sometimes known as the parable of the wicked tenants and at other times as the parable of the noble land owner. Either way, the parable’s central focus is really the sent son as a radical change of the prophetic metaphor found in Isaiah 5:1-7.

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Also, join in with the daily devotional and reading plan for this series here.

 

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Christ Speaks in Stories

CT ct-prj-christian-wiman06.jpgThis from Christian Wiman in his moving book My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer.

Christ speaks in stories as a way of preparing his followers to stake their lives on a story, because existence is not a puzzle to be solved, but a narrative to be inherited and undergone and transformed person by person. He uses metaphors because something essential about the nature of reality – its mercurial solidity, its mathematical mystery and sacred plainness – is disclosed within them.

The Tale of Two Sons

Yesterday at Brooklife, I concluded the Storyteller series with a sermon on Luke 15 called “The Tale of Two Sons.”  Luke 15 contains three parables by Jesus, the last of which is commonly called the parable of the prodigal son.

My sermon focused on this parable, but I strongly believe that it should really be called the “The Tale of Two Sons” or “The Story of Two Lost Sons.”  While a great deal of attention is often given to the younger son in this parable, I think it is important to recognize that what makes this parable unique is Jesus’ attention to the older son in the second half.

The main point of this parable, in my opinion, is that God not only wants to save those who are clearly lost in sin, but also those who are ‘righteously lost’. This parable is really a challenge to the religious leaders who are listening to Jesus tell this stories.

You can listen to the message online here or download our podcast here.

For some background on this series and parables, read here.

Two books on this parable that I highly recommend are:

You can view the very simple presentation that accompanies my message below.

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The Tale of Friends at Midnight

This past Sunday, November 8, I kicked-off a new series at Brooklife Church called “Storyteller,” in which we are looking at parables of Jesus.

I was looking at the parables of the friend coming to another asking for bread at midnight. The focus of my message was on the confidence we can have with our Father-God in prayer, while also providing an introduction to how we should read/hear parables.

For some background on this series and parables, read here.

You can listen to the message online here or download our podcast here.

You can also view the very simple presentation that accompanies my message below.

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