From: Albert Collver, III (Collver@msn.com)
Date: Thu Apr 18 1996 - 17:00:25 EDT
I think using "sermon illustrations" for sermons is good. However, I would
not be in favor of calling Jesus' parables by the name "sermon illustrations."
The word parable is interesting. It is roughly synonymous with the Hebrew
word Proverb. This gives a whole new force to Christologically interpreting
You write that "I would not be tempted to find an analog for every element of
his story in the concept or set of principles that he's trying to illustrate."
This I would say is a wise practice. An illustration in a sermon made by the
pastor is not the same and does not carry the authority of God's Word.
I am not arguing that every word and point in one of Jesus' parables has a
symbolic meaning. However, there certainly is more validity to seeking a more
in depth meaning in a parable of Christ than in a sermon illustration.
Vicar Luther Memorial Chapel
From: James H. Vellenga
Sent: Thursday, April 18, 1996 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: parables
I find myself wondering whether, if we used the phrase "sermon
illustrations" instead of "parables," we would be so concerned
about whether a particular "illustration" had one "point" or a
related series of "points". As I listen to our pastor, I suspect
he doesn't consciously think about whether his story has an
isolated point or illustrates a broader sweep of things.
On the other hand, I would not be tempted to find an analog for
every element of his story in the concept or set of principles
that he's trying to illustrate.
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