As a Christian, we look at Jesus not only as our Lord and Savior, not only as the Ransom given for the sins of the world, but as a great teacher as well. One can spend a lifetime learning from him. One of the unique aspects of Jesus’ teaching is the fact that he taught in parables – stories – lots of stories. Stay with us as we will look at one of those stories and see some remarkably clear lessons about life and the challenges of following Christ.
Sometimes you read a scripture and it makes you do a double-take, because it simply does not make sense. It then ought to become our responsibility to figure it out – to try and understand what the real message is. Such is the case with our theme text from Jesus’ parable of the unjust steward. Jesus seems to say ‘make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth, so you can have it easy later.’ It sounds like Jesus is throwing integrity out the window along with honesty and accountability and replacing them with a situational ethics "it’s all about me" approach. Could this be? Stay with us as we look into this parable, its context, its meaning, and its lessons for us.
Mention oil and you probably get a reaction. In our world, oil is one of those commodities that drive our society – its price and availability can have a great impact on how we live our lives. Our subject is oil – but not in the sense that you may think. No, rather than dealing with the “crude” kind, we are going to talk about a much more refined kind – the kind you would have put in a lamp in ancient days. In Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish virgins, oil plays a key role. So, what does it represent? How does it project our being “wise” or “foolish?”
Outside of the parable of the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son is probably the most widely known of Jesus’ parables. It is a classic story of youthful self-centeredness contrasted with fatherly wisdom, complete with a twist at the end. Now the question is, what was Jesus’ primary reason for telling this story? Who was he speaking to and why did they need to hear it? What can we learn from the Prodigal Son? Stay with us as we open up this parable and find its value, both in the days of Jesus as well as in our day.
It has been said that anything worth keeping will stand the tests of time. We as Christians love to look at the Gospel and its history and call to mind its amazing journey and its amazing victory through the centuries. Sometimes though, we forget that the path the Gospel has trodden was surrounded with difficulty, infected with subversive acts and continually challenged with errors and greed. This program looks at how Jesus warned us of these things by way of three parables, and how the Gospel itself prepares us to combat them as well. Stay with us as we look at some parables of Jesus and their revealing lessons on finding the true Gospel. Has the Gospel had an easy road? Let’s see…
Following Jesus is not an easy task. At the very beginning of Christianity it was not easy and now, 2000 years later, it remains difficult. Jesus explained this. Much of his explanation came by way of parables – stories he told that would help his true followers understand and grasp the monumental task before them, while not making it plain to others. On this program we look at one of these parables and try and understand the import of the message. The message? Jesus is the shepherd, and we, if we are his sheep, need to learn his voice and follow only his lead. Stay with us as we ask this simple yet piercing question, ʺDo we recognize his voice?ʺ
One of the greatest challenges in life is that of dealing with people and circumstances different than our own. To understand such things, we must be willing to see as they see, think as they think, and “walk a mile in their shoes.” Christianity was and is like that. It is different and therefore requires a different approach. To truly “get it,” you must make a paradigm shift. On this program we look at how Jesus introduced, taught and lived this necessary shift, and how we can not only learn it and live it but teach it as well. Are you ready for a “paradigm shift?"