“Thy Kingdom Come”: The Parables of Jesus

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What kind of stories are Jesus’ parables? Why didn’t Jesus simply speak directly, without using parables? Why didn’t he present his message about God’s kingdom in a more straightforward way and tell us how we should respond to it? Many of the parables are very familiar. The challenge is to listen to them afresh and to hear the good news about God who lives and moves among us here and now.

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