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  • The Purpose of Parables by Ben Dunson

    In Matthew 13:10–17, Jesus explains to His disciples why He teaches in parables. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. (v. 13) …Read More

  • Jesus’ Mission to the Lost: Luke 15 by Thomas Schreiner

    When reading Luke 15, it is easy to forget the context , especial ly when reading the parable of the prodigal son. The chapter opens with the Pharisees and scribes criticizing Jesus for eating with tax collectors and sinners (vv. …Read More

  • The Loving Father by Allan Murray

    God is love” (1 John 4:8). He is also Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—three persons, yet one God. We must never lose sight of the oneness of God, yet we relate to each of the persons in a different way. …Read More

  • The Prodigal Son(s) and Church Discipline by Scotty Smith

    Providence reigns, even over editorial requests. When asked to offer pastoral insights on church discipline in light of the story of the prodigal son, little did I realize where this assignment would take me both spiritually and emotionally. Listening to …Read More

  • The Coming of the Kingdom by R.C. Sproul

    The gospel of Mark is notable for its lack of extended accounts of Jesus’ teaching. Furthermore, Mark gives us noticeably fewer parables than do Matthew and Luke. However, in chapter 4 of his gospel, Mark records four parables. He begins …Read More

  • Evangelizing the World by Lane Keister

    All people are supposed to hear the good news of Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected from the dead. Not only are all people supposed to hear that salvation has been accomplished in history, they are to hear that any who repent …Read More

  • Farmers and the Rest of Us by Gene Edward Veith

    Might there be a time when readers of the Bible will not understand — without a host of reference books — what a sower is? For most of the world’s history, the majority of people made their living from the …Read More

  • The Good Soil by Michael Glodo

    Can this dirt grow corn?” One cold, blustery, wet Midwestern spring morning I found myself kneeling in a vast, empty field on the expansive central Illinois plain. With a dozen or so fellow geography classmates, I was picking up handfuls …Read More

  • It’s Me, O Lord by Jerry Bridges

    The day after Jesus cleansed the temple, He was confronted by the leaders who questioned His authority to drive out the money changers and merchants. In response to their questioning His authority, Jesus asked them about the baptism of John, …Read More

  • The Generous Landowner by Jerry Bridges

    Chapter divisions in the Bible are usually helpful as they allow us to find our way around the Scriptures. Occasionally, however, they can hinder our understanding of a passage if they cause us to look at it apart from its …Read More

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