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Parables from the Back Side: Bible Stories With a Twist (Behind the Pages) [Paperback]

By J. Ellsworth Kalas (Author)
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Item description for Parables from the Back Side: Bible Stories With a Twist (Behind the Pages) by J. Ellsworth Kalas...

Kalas presents new insight into twelve of Jesus' parables by entering them through the "back side" - through the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character. By approaching the stories in this way, Kalas releases new meaning and clarifies basic teachings

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The Planning Kit contains a DVD with twelve 10-minute sessions, plus "Meet J. Ellsworth Kalas"; one copy of the book Parables from the Back Side; and one copy of the video study Leader's Guide.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   128
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.36"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 1998
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
Edition  Student/Stdy Gde  
Series  From The Back Side  
Series Number  1  
ISBN  0687056977  
ISBN13  9780687056972  

Availability  111 units.
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More About J. Ellsworth Kalas

J. Ellsworth Kalas Dr. J. Ellsworth Kalas is a former president of Asbury Theological Seminary.

After 38 years as a pastor in four churches in Wisconsin and Ohio, and five years as an associate in evangelism with the World Methodist Council, Dr. Kalas came to Asbury in 1993 with the opening of the Beeson Preaching and Leadership program. He served as mentor to the Beeson pastors and as their preaching professor until joining the Seminary preaching faculty in 2000.

Dr. Kalas has received honorary doctorates from four colleges and universities. More than 35 of his books have been published, as well as 13 adult study quarterlies for the United Methodist Publishing House. He has recorded the entire Bible on audiotape, along with his Grand Sweep devotionals; these materials are now available on The Grand Sweep for iPhone. He is also the author of Christian Believer, an intensive study of Christian doctrine produced for interdenominational use. A video component, “Behind the Pages” has recently been added to his books, Parables from the Back Side and Old Testament Stories from the Back Side.

He and his wife, Janet, who is very much a part of his ministry, have four children and nine grandchildren.

J. Ellsworth Kalas currently resides in the state of Kentucky. J. Ellsworth Kalas was born in 1923.

J. Ellsworth Kalas has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Back Side
  2. Immersion Bible Studies
  3. Jesus Collection
  4. Thematic Advent Study 2004

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A "must have" book  Jan 9, 2007
My favorite Ellsworth Kalas book!! I loaned my first copy to several friends over the years until the last one did not return it. Because reading the "backside" of these parables gave me present-day insight to people, personalities and predicaments, I had to purchase a new copy. Needless to say, this one is not for loan. I direct friends to this site where they can purchase a copy of their own.

The "Backside" books give a different persepctive from the one we have always learned. They exemplify that there are two sides to every story; and, I have learned from Ellsworth Kalas to try to see all participants in a parable and consider their feelings. This has also been helpful in my own life.

I recommend all the "Backside" books.
Creative sermon spark-ers  Apr 23, 2006
Because the parables are stories with the kind of twist that can completely undo our usual ways of living our lives, I appreciated Pastor Kalas' attempt to tell us the story of these stories from a fresh angle. The 12 chapters in this volume are basically sermons. This, in fact, is the value of the book. If you are a pastor who has gotten a little too predictable in the way you create messages, this book will help you climb outside the 3 alliterated points box in a thoughtful, application-focused way.

Though I didn't find it especially helpful when I was writing my own books on the parables (Parablelife: Living the stories Jesus told in real time - FaithWalk, 2005 and Uprooted: Growing a Parablelife from the Inside Out, scheduled for release in late 2006) in terms of information, I did find inspiration in Kalas' pastoral approach and welcoming tone.
An easy read and study  Nov 12, 2004
This book offers an easy read and a great study. The book allows you to think of other perspectives, and is great at breaking the uniformite so many were raised to follow.
A Different Look at the Parables  Sep 24, 2001
With so many different books written about the parables, Kalas takes the reader on a lesser travelled route. Have you ever wondered what we can learn from the victim in the story of the Good Samaritan? Have you ever realized how many times the parables end with a joyous celebration? Have you ever asked what if God threw a party and no one came? If you have never considered any of thse questions, but find them to be intriquing, then definitly pick up this book and prepare yourself for a strong, thought-provoking set of studies. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a refreshing take on learning new insights into the parables.
Wonderful guide for 12 week series of adult lessons  Aug 9, 1999
Mr. Kalas has the class yearning for more. Open your eyes to a different angle without losing the original or main message of your favoriate parables.

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