Storytelling was one of Jesus’ preferred ways of communicating. He knew a good story was a way of getting under people’s skins, disturbing and intriguing them, comforting and consoling them, and sometimes shocking them into new discoveries.
The biblical scholar FF Bruce wrote that a Parable is a story with a kick like a mule, and for many of Jesus’ first hearers, his parables certainly served as a mule-kick. Such simple and often homely stories held insights and wisdom that had the power to radically change long-held beliefs about God and the way he related to his humans. For some people, this resulted in adjusting beliefs and values that led to a far better way of living. For others it reinforced their prejudices and determination to close down the whole Jesus enterprise.
Jesus’ parables are remarkably contemporary, and during this week Michael will be selecting several parables (including some tricky ones!), exploring what their message might be for us. He will also encourage us to write our own parables.
Michael Mitton is a writer, speaker and spiritual director. He is author of a number of books including ‘Restoring the Woven Cord’, ’Seasoned by Seasons’ and, recently, the fictional ‘Dorchadas Trilogy’.
If you would like to attend but the cost of the ticket is a difficulty for you, then contact Phil in confidence about a bursary to help with the cost.