Throughout the gospels, Jesus teaches his disciples through stories – everyday realities that contain a subversive message: that the kingdom of God turns everything upside down; that those the world calls least are the greatest.
This Lent, Common Grace and Bible Society Australia invite us to rediscover Jesus's profound teachings veiled in everyday stories. As we come together, we're praying for ears to hear these teachings of Jesus afresh, to let them get past our defences and under our skin, as they transform us to make things right in this world.
We've invited prominent teachers from across Christian traditions to walk with us through some of Jesus' central parables, and the relevancy of their subversive call to us two-thousand years on. Every Wednesday during Lent we'll have a new video on one of the Parables, along with bible readings and some spiritual practises that may help you explore each story more deeply.
This series has been produced in partnership with Common Grace and Bible Society Australia. You can also find the video series on Eternity. Through this series we hope you are inspired, moved, convicted and confronted as we explore how Jesus calls us to beauty, generosity and justice in today’s world.
Dr Justine Toh, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Christianity, shares with us a personal reflection on the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, provoking us toward self-reflection and humility.
Are we really listening?
In this weeks Lent teaching, Rev Keith Jobberns, the National Ministries Director for Australian Baptist Ministries, provokes us to hear the cries, even the silent cries, of those around us.
Neil Ormerod, Professor of Theology at ACU, reflects on the anger of the Prodigal Son's older brother and challenges us to celebrate the new world that grace opens up for us.
Jon Owen, the Pastor and CEO of Wayside Chapel, challenges us this Lent to value those on the outer and consider who we invite to our table.
"The Rich Fool is not foolish about how to make money, but is foolish enough to allow money to make him."
Dave Hack, the Young Adults Pastor at Riverview Church in Perth, continues our Lent Series in his reflection on the Parable of the Rich Fool.
Aboriginal Christian Leader Brooke Prentis shares a powerful reflection this Lent, inviting us to see our neighbour who is hurting and who does not feel loved.
Dr Kate Harrison Brennan launches our Lent series exploring the Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin that demonstrate God's relentless pursuit of each of His children.
This video is part of Common Grace's 2019 Lent Series exploring the Parables of Jesus and their subversive nature that call us to seek justice, with mercy and humility.
Meet our inspiring contributors to this series
Aboriginal Christian Leader
Paster & CEO, Wayside Chapel
Dr Kate Harrison Brennan
CEO, Anglican Deaconess Ministries
Young Adults Pastor, Riverview Church
Dr Justine Toh
Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Public Christianity
Rev Keith Jobberns
National Ministries Director, Australian Baptist Ministries
Prof Neil Ormerod
Theology Lecturer, Australian Catholic University
This series is brought to you by Common Grace and Bible Society Australia.