September 30, 2018
Speaker: Ian Campbell
Jesus’ main communication style was storytelling. The great truths he wanted us to understand were wrapped in story, sometimes delighting, sometimes baffling, but always capturing the attention and imagination of his audience. Just as we saw that John picked out Jesus’ “I am..” statements so we see that Luke was particularly interested in Jesus’ stories. He actually recorded 19 that are unique to him which we will ponder over the summer months. What was the individual and collective meaning of these tales?
Is the story of Lazarus and the Rich Man a parable or an actual account students have regularly asked? In the lineup of Jesus stories this one is complicated and veers into a topic that is difficult and one we’d rather avoid. But what is the point? What do we learn?