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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thoughtful Thursday: "The Worst Parable Ever"
Here's the way it often goes in church. The Gospel lesson is read -- a lesson containing one of Jesus' more mysterious, less accessible parables. No one understands it -- often including the pastor who's charged with preaching on it. But we all sit there in our pews and nod our heads on cue as if we really do know what Jesus is talking about; even though we don't have a clue.
The Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber doesn't mind admitting, "I don't get it," when she doesn't. Here are some of her thoughts on one of those inscrutible parables, one we heard a few weeks ago -- the Parable of the Wedding Banquet; or, as she puts it, "The Worst Parable Ever." Maybe it's the worst, she suggests, because we ascribe the worst behaviors to the wrong characters.
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