Episode 2: They Listen, but Do Not Hear—Reframing the Power of Parable

Emily Dickinson said, "tell all the Truth, but tell it slant." It's the only way people can handle it. Jesus said, "in seeing they do not perceive, and in hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand." So he spoke in parables. Could the disciples not handle the truth?

As Christians today, can we?

The word “parable” comes from the Greek word παραβολη. In Greek, para means beside, and balos means to cast or throw. In a very simple sense, parable means to cast alongside. The parable throws truth next to the familiar. It tells it at a slant.

This conversation puts the parables of Jesus in conversation with poet and environmentalist Wendell Berry as we take a hard look at the work of the church today.

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Show Notes:

1. The Purpose of the Parables, Matthew 13:10-15 (3:45)

2. Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine (6:45)

3. The Parable of the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37 (7:45)

4. Tell all the truth but tell it slant, Emily Dickinson (11:00)

5. Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, Wendell Berry (12:57)

6. Nicodemus Visits Jesus, John 3:1-7 (32:35)

7. The Radical King, Martin Luther King Jr. / edited by Cornel West (33:14)