The Kingdom Is Like…A Well-Built House

The Kingdom Is Like…A Well-Built House

Chris Breslin
Luke 6:46-49


“To build your house well is, ironically, to be nudged beyond its doors.” – Richard Rohr


“Faith sets life on a new foundation, and only on this new foundation can I live justified before God. This foundation is the living, dying and rising of the Lord Jesus Christ… Faith means to base life on a foundation outside myself, on an eternal and holy foundation, on Christ. Faith means to be captivated by the gaze of Jesus Christ; one sees nothing but him. Faith means to be torn out of imprisonment in one’s own ego, liberated by Jesus Christ.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer


“Break me open, Jesus, set me free, Then find and keep your own good ground in me.” –Malcolm Guite


“The conclusion affirmed by the narrative is that wherever YHWH governs as an alternative to Pharaoh, there the restfulness of YHWH effectively counters the restless anxiety of Pharaoh.” -Walter Brueggemann


“We’re not that worried about falling. It doesn’t make any difference if you fall from 50 feet or 400, you’re just as dead. Only this way, you get a little longer to pray.” –St. Louis Gateway arch construction manager from 1965 newspaper clipping


“We’ve shown what’s possible. That from the worst disaster there can be rebirth. Out of despair, there can be hope; out of darkness, light; out of destruction, beauty.” –Mitch Landrieu (Mayor of New Orleans)






Further Parables Reading

Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Sabbath as Resistance by Walter Bruggemann

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


Galatians 5:22-23

Luke 6:20-26

Genesis 12:1-3

Mark 14:58

Ephesians 2:19-22



Flourishing (Psalm 119) by Sandra McCracken

How Firm a Foundation by Ordinary Time

Those Who Trust by Waterdeep

On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand by Kenny Hutson

We are Not Overcome by Bifrost Arts

Words to Build A Life On by Mike Crawford and His Secret Siblings

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) by Hillsong


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