Parables are engaging stories that relate to real life circumstances, they illustrate a moral or teaching while adding the interest of a story with characters and plot. Parables have no definite interpretation, they urge people to determine the message individually. (Senior, 1992) One of the parables found in both the gospels of Luke and Matthew is the parable of the Lost Sheep, the reference to sheep is also mentioned by the Prophet Ezekiel in the Old Testament. The Prophet Ezekiel shares the message of God with the people, the message that God has seen the way the leaders and Kings have failed as shepherds. That they abuse and reap benefits from the flock but do not tend and care for them, as
It includes comparable themes and a writing style which is very close to Winton’s. My story includes short syntax and a sentence structure very similar to the stories in ‘Minimum Of Two’. The use of the word ‘retreated’ and the phrase ‘accepting defeat yet again’ highlights that Will is not a strong person. I decided to not make him strong as a similarity to the main protagonist of ‘Minimum Of Two’, Jerra. I used the bible passage from the bible (Job 17:9) to relate to Winton’s occasional references to religion.
Antipas replied to Luke saying, “If the goal of your narrative is to demonstrate Jesus’ claim to honor, it will have a lot of ground to cover” (Lost Letters of Pergamum 63). Naturally, curious Antipas was very interested in Luke’s words about Christ, and even though these new ideas were against his faith at the time, and it seemed that it would take eternity to learn all about them, he engaged in the monograph provided by Luke. Luke started to tell first about Jesus and his influence and the kind actions on Earth. The apostle told about how Jesus healed another apostle Peter’s mother in law and many other ill people, how he calmed a huge storm, and how he taught one of the most important lessons, “Ask, and it will be given you,” for people (Matthew 7:7). Luke then continues on teaching how a true believer should live his or her life and how to distinguish who is a real Christian and who just calls him or herself as one.
Forced Religion At some point in time everyone in society has overlooked his or her personal feelings to conform. People may believe strongly in an idea or thought, but will overlook that belief to be obedient. Is lying about something important really the best way to go? In this short writing by Langston Hughes it described how pressure from adults on innocent children can have a negative lasting effect. Langston Hughes in, “Salvation”, described how he, a young innocent boy, was pressured by his peers and elders so much that he lied about his faith.
Luke’s Gospel gives us insight into the Christian understanding of human dignity. It identifies the distinct features and themes of Luke’s portrait of Jesus and describes the causes of injustice that Jesus challenged. It shows Jesus’ compassion for the poor, oppressed and outcast of his time. His Gospel is unique because it focuses more on who Jesus was, rather than what he did and it was intended for Gentile Christians, who were less familiar with Jewish traditions. Luke’s purpose was to narrate the events that demonstrated Jesus’ humanity.
Eric Jordan UBBL 100 Exodus/Deuteronomy Dr. Mann 18 February 2014 Truesdale Book Review Square Peg: Why Wesleyans Aren’t Fundamentalists is written by a number of venerable educators, pastors, and ministry leaders, but is edited by Al Truesdale. Published by Beacon Hill Press, it is an informative book that showcases the distinct differences between Wesleyan theology and fundamentalism through a variety of biblical, scientific, historical, and theological exposition. This book defines fundamentalism and specifically describes its influence on Wesleyan rituals. It goes in depth about the variances in perspectives on scripture between Wesleyans and fundamentalists. The author also goes on to express the dissimilarities between the Christian
Soul Ties “What you surround yourself with is what you become!” In searching the scriptures you will find that the term “Soul Ties” is not actually in the Bible. Yet we find many instances of where God warned His people not to associate, marry or spend time with certain folks, cultures, rituals or traditions. Yet through scripture we find where God’s people obeyed at times and many times they didn’t. The times when they did, they were blessed. The times when they didn’t, they brought a snare upon themselves.
He regrets that he could not overcome the obstacles in his personal narratives. His description of the riots and waste of stores being looted is typical of the outcome he expects. However he is hopeful in some of his poetic prose because he uses a preacher’s penchant for rhythm and resonance in biblical passages. “But as for me and my House”,(pg.59) is an example of Baldwin blending in this entire paragraph of his message not to fall into the trap that is of hate and the immutable
Its hard to comprehend that the lord just forgives us of our sins so easily and its almost too good to be true. I feel that its one of those things that you just have to be patient and with time you can accept this great thing the lord does for us. A lot of Christians carry around guilt and don’t realize that once they are born again they are graciously forgiven. This guilt that these Christians carry around inhibits them from being at there full potential and that’s why they need to let go of there sin, just as the Lord as let it go as well. "'The assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Faith is a powerful thing.
However, I find now that I always thought about the past. I didn’t realize how much religion still influences the present and the future. I have learned to appreciate a minority religious groups’ struggle to integrate while maintaining a semblance of their values. I have found reasons for willingness to accept and value differences of religious beliefs. John Blake writes about his interview with pastor, Andy Stanley, in his article “A New Challenge for Andy Stanley.” In the article, Stanley says, “What preachers once taught as biblical truth-slavery is sanctioned by God; women aren’t allowed to preach; gambling and dancing are sins-is now rejected by many churches.” This not only confirms that America’s society does change to accommodate other beliefs, but also that these changes can be good things.