Tearing Down Walls

What are we to make of this parable that has become the darling of all year-end stewardship campaigns? Is it really about investing our time, talents and wealth boldly in the Kingdom of God so we don’t find ourselves in an overheated oven for all eternity? Theologian and author Robert Farrar Capon  does include today’s gospel reading in the category of Parables of Judgement. But, what is the judgement? Capon says of the fearful servant, “He is just one more of the pitiful turkeys that Jesus parades through his parables to shock us.” Can it be that both the reading from Ephesians and the reading from Matthew are both about God’s Scandalous Grace?


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