Preaching the Parables
Written with the rigor and precision of a New Testament specialist, PREACHING THE PARABLES provides a responsible introduction to understanding and proclaiming the parables that pastors, church leaders, and seminary students will appreciate. Craig Blomberg demonstrates how the structure...
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Written with the rigor and precision of a New Testament specialist, PREACHING THE PARABLES provides a responsible introduction to understanding and proclaiming the parables that pastors, church leaders, and seminary students will appreciate.
Craig Blomberg demonstrates how the structure of a parable is key to its interpretation and thus to its exposition. He shows how a parable, when properly contemporised, can be a powerful rhetorical device, and that recognizing the elements of the parable that were atypical to everyday life leads to important surprises that will be of significance to contemporary parishioners. Each of the fifteen exemplary sermons is accompanied by an analysis that points out key interpretive decisions. 256 pages, from Baker.
CONTENTSPrefaceIntroduction1. The Parable of the Prodigal Sons and Their Father2. Can I Be Saved without Stewardship?3. Who Is My Most Important Neighbor?4. Can I Be Saved if I Refuse to Forgive Others?5. Shrewd Stewards6. Let's Play Wedding, Let's Play Funeral7. How Do You Hear?8. Seeds, Weeds, and Explosive Growth9. The Kingdom of Heaven: Priceless10. The Basement of the Hard Rock Cafe11. The Parable of the Recovering Homosexual12. Pray and Persevere13. The Cost of Discipleship14. How to Prepare for Christ's Return15. Who Really Are the Sheep and the Goats?ConclusionNotes
Craig L. Blomberg is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary.
Alternate Haddon Robinson endorsement (endorser provided two): "The parables are not simple tales that are easy to understand and preach. Preachers considering them would be wise to let Blomberg help them preach the parables effectively."--Haddon Robinson, Harold J. Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary"Preaching from the parables resembles playing the saxophone: it's easy to do poorly. Preachers who need guidance in understanding the stories of Jesus in order to preach them well will gain much from what Blomberg has written."--Haddon Robinson, Harold J. Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary"Craig Blomberg is a superb teacher and expert on the parables. Here he effectively combines both gifts. This book discusses how to preach the parables and gives a wonderful sample of sermons with explanations about how to proceed. I can't imagine a more helpful pastoral and homiletical guide to the perplexing world of parables. Highly recommended."--Darrell Bock, Dallas Theological Seminary"Jesus' parables are endlessly intriguing. But pastors don't find them easy-going--far too often we get mired in cliches and moralisms. Blomberg's venture into these classic texts is a welcome antidote to pulpit fatigue. His sermons themselves are fresh and personal; his accompanying commentary on how he came to preach them the way he does is on-the-job training for making honest gospel sermons from the stories Jesus told."--Eugene H. Peterson, professor emeritus of spiritual theology, Regent College"After years of writing on parables, Blomberg now shows how to preach the parables and how to use story in preaching. From his sensitivity to the gospel of Jesus, to the world, and to the preaching task, he shows both how he preached these parables and the thought process that led him to preach as he did. This is a helpful lab for anyone preaching the parables."--Klyne Snodgrass, Paul W. Brandel Professor of New Testament Studies, North Park Theological Seminary
Dr. Craig Blomberg (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is currently a distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary, before joining the faculty he taught at Palm Beach Atlantic College and was a research fellow in Cambridge, England with Tyndale House.
In addition to writing numerous articles in professional journals, multi-author works and dictionaries or encyclopaedias, he has authored or edited 15 books, including The Historical Reliability of the Gospels, Interpreting the Parables, Matthew (New American Commentary series), 1 Corinthians (NIV Application Commentary series), Jesus and the Gospels: An Introduction and Survey, Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Posessions, Making Sense of the New Testament, Preaching the Parables, and Contagious Holiness: Jesus Meals with Sinners.
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