The following articles are related to the topic of PARABLE

The Value of Life

The book of James has been called the gospel of practicality because it contains so many truths of everyday value. One of the dangers of which James warns is the pursuit of material interests to the exclusion of the Lord's will (cf. 4:13-17). Within that discussion, the inspired writer asks, "What is your life?" In the immediate context, James addresses ... read more »

Was Mohammed a Prophet?

"How do I answer the Muslims when they say that Christ was just one of the prophets, and that the last prophet was Mohammed?" The answer - in two words - is: "evidence" and "logic." Let me explain. If it is the case that there is sufficient evidence to establish the proposition that Jesus of Nazareth was the promised Messiah ... read more »

Praying for the Dead

Whenever someone we love dies - in old age or tragically before their prime - our hearts cannot but anguish with those who are suffering soul-tearing losses. Some children have lost one or both parents. Husbands and wives have been robbed of loving mates. Others will never see brother or sister again. To describe separations like these as painful is ... read more »

Was Christ’s Power Limited by Man’s Faith?

"There is a statement concerning Jesus in one of the Gospel accounts that is puzzling: "And he could there do no mighty work. . . because of their unbelief' (Mk. 6:5-6).Was Christ's ability to perform miracles predicated upon the faith of those he taught?" Let us lay some foundation for a consideration of this question.First, the scriptures clearly teach that ... read more »

When the Son of Man Comes

Some speculate about when the Lord will return, but Christ Jesus gave no time indicators (i.e., signs) with respect to the judgment day (Matt. 24:34-36). He did, however, focus on man's need to be prepared for that unexpected, yet certain, reckoning. Matthew 25 focuses on the necessity of this preparation. Through the parables of the foolish virgins and the talents, ... read more »

The Syrophoenician Woman: A Woman of Great Faith

"And from thence he arose, and went away into the borders of Tyre and Sidon" (Mark 7:24a). Matthew wrote that Jesus "withdrew" (15:21). This was the third time in which Jesus withdrew from Galilee in the gospel of Mark (cf. 4:35; 6:31). The Lord sought solitude with his disciples, but the text says, "And he entered into a house, and ... read more »

Concerning Dogs and Hogs

In the Sermon on the Mount Christ issued this warning: Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you (Mt. 7:6). Being a boy from the country, and having owned both dogs and hogs, I can value this ancient ... read more »

Why People Quit Church

Church leaders have long been interested in why so many drift away from faithful service to the Lord. Jesus summarized the matter in his parable of the sower. The causes he listed are: the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of wealth, distracted desires for worldly things, and carnal pleasure (Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:18; Luke 8:14). This list could be ... read more »

The Curse of Covetousness

Though many modem critics deny that Solomon wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, I believe that a strong case can be made for the his authorship. In this book, the wisest king of Israel explored the various avenues that men pursue in their quest for happiness. One area of particular interest was that of material wealth. Surely many believe that if ... read more »

Was Christ Mistaken About His Second Coming?

The late Bertrand Russell of Great Britain was a confessed atheist and a bitter opponent of Christianity. He once wrote an essay entitled, Why I Am Not A Christian. A brief portion of that infamous literary (?) production was a blasphemous section subtitled, "Defects in Christ's Teaching." Though Russell actually believed that it was "quite doubtful whether Christ ever existed ... read more »