August 2013 Synchroblog – Parables: Small Stories, Big Ideas

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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

or

write about parables in general … what they are, their purpose, why they are good teaching tools, their history, their structure

or

write your own parable to illustrate a message you are passionate about

or

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.

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17 Responses to “August 2013 Synchroblog – Parables: Small Stories, Big Ideas”

  1. Jeremy Myers August 10, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    My post will be titled “Jesus’ Parables are Confusing? Good!”

    Here is the link: http://www.tillhecomes.org/jesus-parables-are-confusing/

  2. Tim Nichols August 11, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    My post is “Parabolic Living.” You can find it here: http://fullcontactchristianity.org/2013/08/11/how-do-small-stories-hold-big-ideas/

  3. Carol Kuniholm August 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Seed Parables:Sowing Seeds of the Kingdom
    http://wordshalfheard.blogspot.com/2013/08/seed-parables.html

  4. Paul W. Meier August 13, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    My post is “”Parables – Be Like the Ant or the Grasshopper”
    and it’s located here: http://www.prayingthegospels.com/parables-ant-grasshopper/

  5. Jessica @ Faith Permeating Life August 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    My post “The Parables of Jesus: Not Like Today’s Sermons”: http://www.faithpermeatinglife.com/2013/08/the-parables-of-jesus-not-like-todays.html

  6. Liz August 13, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    I’ve been kind of busy today but I plan on getting my post up and the list up this evening. Thanks to all of you who are participating. I look forward to reading your contribution.

  7. Glenn Hager August 13, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    My very own, personal parable. I hope it validates some other people, too!

    http://www.glennhager.com/2013/08/penelope-and-the-crutch/

  8. Rachel August 13, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Thanks for the inspiring prompt. My post is called “Parables and the Insult of Grace” and can be found here: http://glimpseintheglass.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/parables-and-the-insult-of-grace/

  9. Liz August 13, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    My post is up “Changing Hearts Rather Than Minds” Here’s my link http://gracerules.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/changing-hearts-rather-than-minds/

    I have the link list up. It took me a while (I kept messing up) but I am pretty sure I have all the links right. Let me know if you find something that needs correcting.

  10. asacredrebel August 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    I’m still working on my post…. Hoping to have it done shortly….

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