What’s Your Point?

Jesus told a lot of stories — the parables — still fascinate people – most of these are about the “Kingdom of God” – the primary metaphor used by Jesus to disorient his listeners in order to re-orient them to a new and abundant life!

I think it is Frederick Buechner who said that, “The gospel is always bad news before it is good news.”  The parables are one way that Jesus gently breaks the good news that things are not the way you thought them to be — that in fact they are a great deal better in the long run. In the short run we will need to die. Oh, that again – but as sure as taxes and death – we shall not escape the mortality of our life.  No, we are saved out of our death not our success.

Robert Farrar Capon taught me that. He is ruthless about grace and I’m glad. 

I commend his writings to you highly but with the warning that you will not escape the reading unscathed.