Some critics of Jesus Christ’s gospel see it as nothing more than a set of commandments, and the commandments as nothing more than a set of restrictions. Such a view severely limits the scope of the blessings that the Redeemer offers us through His gospel. The plan of salvation is about more than not doing bad things. It’s even about more than being forgiven of those bad things we do.Continue reading
One year ago this week, I launched The Weekly Parable, just one little voice among the millions on the Internet. For those who have been reading, thanks for being part of this journey!
The Lord made it clear to me early last April that this is how He wanted me to share the gospel and preach of Christ online. It took some time to settle on a title for the site. The only thing I could think of was “The Weekly Parable.” That scared me a little because if I called it that, I was making an open-ended commitment to myself and to the Lord, and I knew that could introduce some pressure or stress, and I didn’t want something like this to become a chore. But because I couldn’t think of anything else, even when I prayed about the subject, then “The Weekly Parable” it would be.
I would go so far as to say it took some faith. Exercising faith can be difficult because you don’t know what’s going to be ahead if you move forward.Continue reading
Outwardly, people’s adherence to Church teachings may look very similar, but their motives may be at different points across the spectrum. And that can change over the course of life for any one person. We may even go back and forth on a given day, making individual choices based on different motives. It’s important to not judge others’ motives; at the same time, it’s at least as important to understand our own and if we need to change them.
It’s probably the analyst in me that’s looking at this as a spectrum. But as our progress in life is often gradual, and our closeness to Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ increases or decreases frequently by small amounts, I think a spectrum is fitting. So I hope you’ll bear with me for a moment.Continue reading
Dierdre quickened her step as she climbed the stairs from the subway to the sidewalk. The concert hall was only two blocks away. While the show was sold out, every ticket specified a reserved seat, so she wasn’t worried about not getting to see it. But this was the first time these performers had done a show in her city, and hundreds would be converging on this street today for what could be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see them. So Dierdre was trying to avoid the worst of the crowds.
But apparently, many had the same idea. She saw dozens of people hurrying the same direction, and she picked up her pace. In spite of her haste, though, a massive line had already formed in front of the entrance to the show’s venue. Well, “line” was being generous—it was more of a disorganized swarm forming a funnel shape in the courtyard, narrowing toward the doors. Dierdre fell in with everyone else.Continue reading
During some recent scripture study, I came across a type of Christ—an episode in scripture that exhibits a pattern from Christ’s own life or mission. A type is much like a parable in that it’s a comparison that helps us understand an aspect of the gospel to a greater degree. Hence, I’m going to try something a little different on The Weekly Parable and occasionally throw a type of Christ from the scriptures into the mix.
The story is well known of Joseph, the son of Israel, being sold into slavery by his envious brothers, ending up in Egypt, and then being tasked by Pharaoh with preparing Egypt for the famine that would come seven years later. Possibly less well known are the interactions Joseph had with his brothers when Israel sent them down to Egypt to buy food for the family (told in Genesis 42–44) and what the Lord wants us to learn from that part of the story.Continue reading