Some people have described parables as being small stories that teach big ideas. Like the rabbis of his time, Jesus used images and characters from everyday life to create miniature plays or dramas, called parables, to illustrate his message. This was Jesus most common way of teaching. The importance of the parables that Jesus told as he preached can hardly be overestimated. They are generally regarded by scholars as among the sayings which we can confidently ascribe to the historical Jesus and they are, for the most part, authentic words of Jesus. All of the great themes of Jesus’ preaching can be found in the parables he told. Perhaps no part of the Gospels can better put us in touch with the mind of Jesus Christ than his parables.
This month we invite you to write about parables. Write whatever you want about parables. If you need some inspiration here are some ideas to help you get started:
write about a parable that Jesus told … one that is meaningful to you, one that is difficualt to understand or that is often misunderstood, one that seems to have a hidden meaning
write about parables in general … what they are, their purpose, why they are good teaching tools, their history, their structure
write your own parable to illustrate a message you are passionate about
write about a parable told by someone other than Jesus
The date of this month’s synchroblog is the second Wednesday of the month, August 14.
If you wish to participate, leave a comment below with your name, and the link to your blog post. Please do this by the evening of Tuesday, August 13 to make sure you’re included.
We ask each participant to include an introduction stating that their post is part of the “August Synchroblog – Parables: Small Stories, Big Ideas” (you may want to include a link to this post for a full explanation) and a list of all the participants with their links at the end of your post. The list of links can be copied and pasted at the end of your post after they are published on this site in a separate post on August 14.