For the last couple of weeks we have attended Crossroads Methodist Church in Papakura. We have been 'double dipping' as Mum calls it as we have been going to two services on Sunday!Bible Gateway passage: Matthew 13:1-9 - The Message
Rev Peter Williamson has been talking about parables and how it's important to find our own ways of telling these parables as hearing agriculture stories today just doesn't have the same effect. Jesus' stories definitely had a twist and a hell of a bite. The Kingdom of God turns everything upside down but it's hard to 'rewrite' these stories to convey the same shock factor.
The Rev also gave me a whole new insight on the Parable of the Sower. He reckons (and I have to now agree) it's not really about what we do with the 'seed' actually it's about how the 'seed' is spread amongst everyone. No matter if your soil is good, bad or stony. That's why it was such a shocking story for the original audience. No farmer would waste good seeds on rubbish soil. But God's ways are not our ways and this story is just one way that Jesus tries to get that message through!