For two thousand years Jesus’ parables have inspired, challenged, and baffled Christians and non-Christians alike. The Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, the Least of These – we’ve heard them all a thousand times. How would Jesus’ first followers have heard these parables though? How might we hear them anew after all this time? What do these ancient stories have to say about climate crisis, covid-19, and conflict in the Middle East?
Join our associate minister, the Rev. Tom Emanuel, for a summertime study of some of Jesus’ most provocative parables. With a little help from Jewish New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine’s book Short Stories by Jesus and some special guests, we’ll explore these all-too-familiar stories in their first-century Palestinian Jewish context and imagine how they might inspire, challenge, and, yes, baffle us in the social, political, and spiritual world of the twenty-first century.
There will be two ways to join the conversation:
By Zoom, Tuesdays 7 PM: July 6, 13, 20 + August 3, 10, 17
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 953 5075 2913
Call in: 669-900-6833
In person @ FCCLB in Booth Chapel, Sundays 8:30 AM: July 11, 18, 25 + August 8, 15, 22
We’ll cover each Tuesday night’s material the following Sunday in person; the Zoom recording will also be available on YouTube after the fact.
This class is free and open to the public – we hope you’ll join us!
- Session 1: Short Stories by Jesus – Watch the YouTube video here.
- Session 2: Two Sons (J.C. Remix)
- Session 3: A Jew and a Samaritan Walk into a Bar
- Session 4: God’s Economy
- Session 5: It’s The End of the World as We Know It
- Session 6: Short Stories about Jesus