"While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable." Luke 8:4
The parables Jesus told are some of the best known and most influential stories in the world. Jesus was a master storyteller. His stories are creative, powerful, and engaging. These stories take the ordinary and make it unforgettable. They shock us, move us, motivate us and help transform our lives from the inside out. Let’s gather around this semester and listen to some of the stories Jesus told.
Luke 6:46-49 “Wise Builders”
Luke 8:1-15 “Seeds and Soils”
Luke 10:25-37 “Neighbors”
Luke 12:13-21 "Rich Contentment"
Luke 15 "Lost Things"
Luke 16:1-15 "A Good Lesson from a Bad Example"
Jenny Yang is the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World ReliefClick to read more
Jenny Yang is the Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief where she provides oversight for all advocacy initiatives and policy positions at World Relief, representing the organization’s advocacy priorities to the U.S. government and mobilizing churches on advocacy campaigns. She also served as Director of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief focusing on refugee protection, immigration, and human rights, and as a Senior Case Manager, focused on refugee processing and case management for World Relief’s refugee and immigration programs. Jenny has researched refugee and asylum law in Madrid, Spain through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and is on an active deployment roster for UNHCR. She is also former chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group which brought NGOs and government partners together on the protection of African refugees. She is co-author of Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion and Truth in the Immigration Debate.
Scott W. Sunquist (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is a professor and dean at the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary.Click to read more
Scott W. Sunquist (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is a professor and dean at the School of Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Previously, he taught missiology and Christian history at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and also lectured as a Presbyterian missionary at Trinity Theological College in Singapore. Writing frequently about Asian Christianity, global Christianity, and missiology, Sunquist is the editor of A Dictionary of Asian Christianity, co-author of A History of the World Christian Movement, Volume I and Volume II, and co-editor of a volume of A History of Presbyterian Missions, 1944-2006, with his daughter. More recently, he is the author of an introduction to the study of mission, Understanding Christian Mission: Participation in Suffering and Glory, and a history of twentieth-century global Christianity, The Unexpected Christian Century: The Reversal and Transformation of Global Christianity, 1900-2000.
Jervis and his wife Melissa are the Directors of LOL Ministry in Belize.Click to read more
Jervis and and his wife Melissa graduated from Texas Bible Institute in 1996 and from Christ for the Nations Institute in 2005. They were married in 1997. They have three children: Shandice (adopted from Belize), Jermicah, and Analiya. They are currently in the process of adopting two Belizean children, Zander and Christina. Jervis and Melissa have a desire to live passionately for Jesus and to be an example to others through their marriage, family and personal walk with the Lord. They moved to Belize in February 2008 to build a home to love and nurture orphans (neglected and disadvantaged children and young adults). Its focus is to bring restoration through God’s love, allowing children and youth to discover their potential, while equipping and releasing them into their divine destiny and future. Jervis and Melissa are currently the Directors of LOL Ministry in Belize.
Os Guinness is an author and social critic.Click to read more
Os Guinness is an author and social critic. Great-great-great grandson of Arthur Guinness, the Dublin brewer, he was born in China in World War Two where his parents were medical missionaries. A witness to the climax of the Chinese revolution in 1949, he was expelled with many other foreigners in 1951 and returned to Europe where he was educated in England. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of London and his D.Phil in the social sciences from Oriel College, Oxford.
Os has written or edited more than thirty books, including The Call, Time for Truth, Long Journey Home, Unspeakable, A Free People’s Suicide, The Global Public Square, and Renaissance. His latest book is Fool’s Talk – The Recovery of Christian Persuasion, which was published by InterVarsity Press in June, 2015.
Before moving to the United States in 1984, Os was a freelance reporter with the BBC. Since then he has been a Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies, a Guest Scholar and Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Senior Fellow at the Trinity Forum and the EastWest Institute in New York. He is currently a senior fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in Oxford.