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Month: June 2013

The Rich Man and the Beggar

This is a difficult story not just for the reasons given in the play¬†– the apparent implication that the rich man is damned only because he enjoyed a good life while Lazarus is sent to Paradise primarily because he suffered in this life, and the question of whether this was meant by Jesus to be…

The Shrewd Manager

I think it’s safe to say that this is the most difficult parable in the Gospels. Not only are there many contradictory interpretations of it floating around, none of which is entirely satisfactory, but the passage itself offers multiple interpretations of its own, some of which contradict each other – and none of which are…

The Prodigal Son

The Parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the best known parables in the Gospels. But how well do you really know it? Do you, just for starters, even know what the word “prodigal” means? (Warning: it might not mean what you think it means!) And if you do, doesn’t it seem like an…

Lost and Found

The puzzle of parables that don’t seem put together exactly right continues in this week’s play.¬† There’s not much more to say on that. Two of the disciples try to pin Jesus down on it, but as usual, he eludes their effort and instead, redirects the conversation to more essential matters. Just another day at…