1. Marie Howe, What the Living Do (New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1998), 77.
2. Robert Solomon, The Passions (Hackett Publishing: Indiana, 1993), 143.
3. Dalai Lama, qtd. in Howard C. Culter, The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living (New York: Riverhead Books, 1998), 114.
4. Epictetus, The Enchiridion, trans. Nicholas P. White (Hackett Publishing: Indiana, 1983), 5, 18.


1. To list just a few—there is the parable of the sower (Mtt. 13:19); the parable of wheat and tares (Mtt. 13:24); the parable of the mustard tree (Mtt. 13:31); the parable of the leaven (Mtt: 13:33); the parable of hidden treasure (Mtt. 13:44); the parable of the costly pearl (Mtt. 13:45); the parable of the net (Mtt. 13:47); the parable of the householder (Mtt. 13:52), and that's just the parables in one chapter of one gospel account. Others could include the parable of the king who desired an accounting of his servants (Mtt. 18:23); the parable of the rich and the camel going through the eye of a needle (Mtt. 19:23); the parable of the housemaster hiring laborers throughout the day (Mtt. 20:1); the parable of a king making a marriage for his son (Mtt. 22:2); the parable of the ten virgins with their lamps (Mtt. 25:1); and the familiar parable of the talents (Mtt. 25:14).


1.Perhaps this has happened because the ministry has become so "professional," and churches, weary of being mocked for their backwardness, lust for a pastor with "legitimate academic authority." Unhappily, they often get just what they ask for. Of course, piety and learning are both necessary to make excellent pastors (1 Tim. 4:16).
2. Though his detractors had placed his apostolic authority in question as well.


1.Charles Spurgeon. John Ploughman's Talk (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, Ltd., 1988), pp. 56-63.

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