We need a fresh read on the parables of Jesus. His stories captivated intrigue by loading everyday commonalities with spiritual magnanimity. However, much of his wit is lost on us as we regurgitate awkward illustrations from an agrarian context.
For example, instead of talking about mustard seeds, why not relate the Kingdom of God to a penny stock? Instead of throwing “pearls to pigs,” we could talk about wasting venti lattes on the folgers drinkers. I still don’t have a clue what “wineskins” are, but I do know my computer’s need for a faster internet connection illustrates our ever present need for innovation. Reaping, sowing, lilies, barns, plows, farmers – we have the ability to recapture the imagination of spiritual inquirers by retell the parables of Jesus in non-agrarian terms.