The Prodigal Father

There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Dad, give me my share of the company.’ So he divided his business between the sons and, taking nothing more than a warm coat, left them. The younger son squandered all he had been given – drink, drugs and dubious […]

Should we call it “The Parable of the Sower?”

Mark chapter 4 is probably titled something like “The Parable of the Sower” in your Bible. If you were German, it would be more likely to be called “the Four Soils”. Preparing for my seminar on Friday, I found some of the commentators want to talk about the four (or six) seeds, rather than where […]

A story of two Rabbis

Two Rabbis sat and discussed the Torah for days and weeks and months and years. Years and years passed and they still discussed this one, small, passage of the Torah. It may be said that God has the patience of a saint, but after 20 years of listening to their arguments over this one passage, […]