The Risk & Reward of The Kingdom

The Risk & Reward of The Kingdom

“God gives so that we can exist and flourish, but not only for that, God gives so that we can help others exist and flourish as well. God’s gifts aim at making us into generous givers, not just fortunate receivers. God gives so that we, in human measure, can be givers too.” –Miroslav Volf


“We’re buying gifts for our Father from the allowance he has given us.” –Mandy Smith


“What people revere, they resemble, either for ruin or for restoration.” –GK Beale


“Paul suggest that the many gifts made to Israel have been transferred to the Gentiles (Rom 11). All the gifts of God work that way. One does not hoard, hide, or bury the promises, the sacraments, ministry, joy, hope, justice, witness, suffering, salvation, or reconciliation. What the third slave did is, strictly speaking, impossible, for when the gifts are buried, they cease to exist.” – Richard Lischer


Further Parables Reading

Paul & the Gift by John Barclay

Sowing and Reaping by Emil Bruner

Kingdom, Grace, Judgment by Robert Farrar Capon

The Power of Parable by John Dominic Crossan

Parables of Jesus by Joachim Jeremias

Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine

Reading the Parables by Richard Lischer

Tell it Slant by Eugene Peterson

The Vulnerable Pastor by Mandy Smith

Stories with Intent by Klyne Snodgrass

Free of Charge by Miroslav Volf


Colossians 1:15

Ephesians 4:7

Genesis 12

Genesis 22


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