This month, Nelson Books will release the latest book by Pastor John MacArthur, Parables, which attempts to help Christians understand the essential lessons contained in the most famous and influential short stories the world has ever known.
In the opening pages of Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told, Dr. MacArthur pulls no punches in setting the tone for what he says is “precisely the kind of preaching that dominates many evangelical and mega-church pulpits today.”
He repudiates the idea that preachers need to see themselves merely as storytellers, and not teachers of doctrine. He states emphatically that he doesn’t set story against doctrine as if one were hostile to the other, but asserts there’s a clear and significant difference between the two. He also asserts that to become merely a storyteller is to repudiate propositions and dogma in favor of mystery and conversation – and therefore subject the truth to a wide range of interpretation.
“These narratives epitomize the plain, powerful, profundity of Jesus' message and His teaching style,” Dr. MacArthur remarks.
“[T]he parables are tools with which Jesus taught and defended the truth,” he asserts.
In 10 chapters, Dr. MacArthur provides a teaching that is richly layered in historical scholarship and a knowledge of Scripture that is unparalleled.
Like it or not, the book remains true to what readers of Dr. MacArthur’s books have come to expect: a biblically rooted point of view.
Parables: The Mysteries of God’s Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told hits the shelves on October 27, 2015.
By NRB Staff
Published: October 1, 2015