Parables--Stories of Secret Truth
The parable of the pharisee and the tax collector was deliberately shocking to Jesus' listeners, but it's comfortably mainstream for us. Join Tim as he helps us understand how to rediscover the radical call to humility in this parable of Jesus.
Two men went to church one Sunday morning to pray. One was a life-long Lutheran. The other was a drug-dealer. As the Lutheran came up to the communion rail he was saying to himself, “I thank God that I come from a good Lutheran family. My grandfather built this church. My father never missed a service.…
Luke: The Story of Jesus
Jesus has an awkward dinner at a Pharisee's house where he teaches them and us that if we want to be part of the great banquet of the kingdom we need to respond positively to Jesus. However, Jesus also warns them and us, that this response will be costly!
The gospel of Jesus is for everyone, calls us out of the pride in our religiosity, and reminds us of how small we are and how big God's love for us really is.
Three men went up to the temple to pray. One was a self-righteous Pharisee. The second was a wicked sinner. The third was neither self-righteous, nor a wicked sinner. Of course, he sinned occasionally—everyone does—but just enough to keep him humble. This third man is the one that we would all like to…