I had a preaching and teaching class in my second semester Bible College, and I remember hearing about a quote from a famous pastor, something along the lines of “a preacher should not preach on the parables until he has taught for thirty years.” Those may not be the exact words, but the truth is still visible – the parables are tough (although I don’t really think they are that tough).

To get into the parables, I’m reading Interpreting the Parables by Craig Blomberg. The second half of the book deals with the parables themselves, while the first half deals with the methods and controversies of interpreting the parables.

This will be an easy example, but I’ll give a parable that is seen in both Matthew and Luke where the main difference between them is one word.

Matthew 13.31, “[Jesus] put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is…

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