A Jewish folk tale with a twist. How willing are you to share with the hungry and poor? Continue reading The Dirty Bagel
Being a Good Samaritan involves a certain amount of risk. Am I required to be a Good Samaritan to everyone? Where do I draw the line? Who, after all, is my neighbor? The lawyers question is a good one that we all have to wrestle with. But instead of giving us a straightforward answer Jesus tells us a parable to help us wrestle with the issue. Continue reading Like a Good Neighbor – A Sermon on Luke 10:25-37
This is a parable of startling contrasts, but its central message is simple: be alert to the needs under your nose. The parable invites us to see ourselves as richer in the goods of the world than many millions.
Without an eye for the needy around us, our life becomes self-centered and callous. Jesus is asking us, his listeners, to open our eyes to what is around us, and to open our ears to the simple command of the Gospel: love your neighbor. Continue reading Lazarus and the Rich Man: a Study in Entitlement (Luke 16: 19-31)
A fable I use for premarital counselling. Hand in hand, a newly married couple walked through the woods on a … Continue reading The Gift and the Greenhouse : A Fable
Adapted from Luke 18:9-14 And he told this parable to those who trusted in themselves and despised others. Two politicians … Continue reading “God, Be Merciful” … An Updated Parable for the Election Season
Author’s Note: I wrote this story for our foster daughter, Nicole Fleming, when she left our home at the end … Continue reading Rose and the Gardener