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Stories Jesus Still Tells: The Parables [Paperback]

By John R. Claypool (Author)
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In this revised second edition of Stories Jesus Still Tells, John Claypool brings fresh insight to a selection of parables, allowing us to hear Jesus calm, persuasive voice still speaking to us through stories like the great banquet, the rich fool, and the final judgment. By providing us with a clearer understanding of the context of these stories in Jesus immediate culture, Claypool demonstrates how accessible the parables were to his listeners, told in familiar terms that everyone who heard them could grasp. He writes: This is how Jesus worked the miracle of reconciliation again and again. People would come to him in all degrees of panic, fear, and anger. Yet, instead of confronting them head-on and driving them deeper into their defensiveness, he would, like Nathan, defuse their anxiety by saying, Let me tell you a story. . . . Then, drawn in by the narrative and with their defenses down, the listeners would see the story as a mirror, and its light would make their personal darkness visible. In this way, parables became events of revelation. And so it is with us, Claypool believes. When we open the deep places in our being to the parables these stories Jesus still tells then in a moment of surprise and insight, we who listen recognize ourselves in the characters and the decisions they face. The stories are no longer about them, but about us, and the opportunity for illumination and transformation in our own lives."

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Studio: Cowley Publications
Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 25, 2007
Publisher   Cowley Publications
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1561011851  
ISBN13  9781561011858  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JOHN CLAYPOOL served as rector of St. Luke s Episcopal Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Widely known as a speaker, preacher, and pastor, he authored numerous books, including Mending the Heart."

John R. Claypool lived in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia. John R. Claypool was born in 1930 and died in 2005.

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Putting The Fodder Down Where We Can Get It....  Jan 1, 2009
One of the great theologians and preachers of our time, John Claypool "puts the fodder down where the cows (goats, pigs and other vermin such as we) can get it," and in doing so, he helps us to more fully understand what Jesus came to do and be--an example of what we should do and be.

God, and by inference Jesus, uses John Claypool to change lives and help us live richer, fuller, happier, more graceful and more loving lives.

This book, looking again and anew at what Jesus said, is part of that blessing.
St John Still tells His Stories in The Great-Not-YET...  Jun 29, 2006
Not years since John retired in 2001 from his sophisticated St Pauls Episcopal Church in Birmingham, he began a joyful new career as Professor of Preaching at Mercer McAfee Theology School in Decatur, GA.

In his Lectures Preaching Genesis and Preaching Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, I had a good fortune to audit three classes.
"Prepare your Sermons based upon the Stories of Jesus with careful preparation to reflect your own personal life's relationship with God the Loving Creator and Redeemer!"

After John's Sudden Passing in the fall of 2005, there were three well-attended Memorial Services in Birmingham, Loisville, CRESCENT HILL, again in Atlanta at Second Ponce de Leon Church. Friends like Dr Truette Gannon and others quoted from books of Sermon Preparation!

"It is a Wise person who knows what Time it is in his of her own Life." Gratefully, revi fredrick Hood
New insights to the parables of Jesus  Oct 24, 2005
If you have ever felt like the disciplines after one of Jesus' parable - then you will enjoy this book. John Claypool brings great insights to the parables. THe book is written in a format that makes for easy reading.

I highly recommend it.
John as, "tender-most teacher & writer for us---Revised  Dec 22, 2004
Having read all of St. John's creative priestly, pastorale, even preachable Books, I place his late book of Parables, at the top with THE HOPEFUL HEART! Now that John is already at home in his familiar "Great-Not-Yet," He may see his reviews at one Glance.

Compared to his admired CS Lewis, in use of adverbs: From a most-quoted, FOUR LOVES, Lewis used 36 active adverbs in his early 6 pages! Looking through John's later, THE STORIES JESUS TELLS, I counted 16 adverbs in the first 6 pages. Of course, gracefully, lovely, obviously, suddenly, surprisingly, are found in both books!

In my second reading, I grappled with "The Rich Young Fool; The Great Banquet; The Talents; The Treasure, The Pearl and the Net" all include themes: many-splendored universe, one of generosity, experiences of change, especially, "Life Is Gift."

His attention to these recurring themes were first evident to me when Barbara and I heard John at Montreat in mid-1980's. Every morning for Chapel Worship Services, John in his freshness was exercising his themes in Sermon materials, Scripture texts, and particularly in his narrative stories from Anthony DeMello. I kept those tape cassettes of sermons, often sharing the same themes & stories in sermons preached to Prison Inmates in the early 1990's!

It was a long, often tedious journey from our common training at Southern Baptist Seminary, into the Episcopal Priesthood for him and long struggles with Myeloma and healing through 2 stem cell transplants. When we looked back over our experiences of changes and discovering God's Generosity, we agreed that Life is Gift.

Reading these Sermons on the Parables I reminded McAfee Students about their comments during discussions of his classic values of contrast, parabolic, even metaphor! Never can we dismiss his underlying themes of discovery in John's growth all thru his writings! Semi-Retired Chaplain Fred W Hood
The Generosity of God  Jul 5, 2001
John Claypool remains one of the most important voices in the Church, and on behalf of the church to the world. In this book, he provides a deeply insightful but articulate and understandable examination of a number of Jesus' parables. As foreshadowed by the title, Dr. Claypool's exegesis reveals how the stories Jesus told his listeners almost 2000 years ago remain just as relevant and alive for his listeners today. While he is anything but naive about the human condition and the difficult world in which we live, at the heart of Claypool's theology is a deep grasp of the generosity of God; a theology shaped not only by his study of Scripture but also by the profoundly painful event of his daughter's death and his pastoral ministry as an Episcopal priest. Drawing directly from the stories themselves, Claypool's task is the same as that of Jesus in His parabolic teaching: to show us the true nature of God and how that understanding, if taken to heart, can profoundly impact the way in which we live our lives.

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