Jesus was a master storyteller. LentDevilishDialoguesHis stories were (and are) memorable. In just a few lines of narrative he told what God’s realm is like. These parables gave insight and conveyed truths which have guided and inspired Christians for centuries.

But what it is like in God’s kin-dom suggests that the world has not yet arrived in that place; there are alternative and adversarial points-of-view. The debate rages on.

Inspired by dialogues years ago by the Revs. Al Rouner and Maurice Fetty of the Twin Cities, your pastors will engage in their own “discussion” of six of these parables on the Sundays in Lent 2014. Each week, God’s redeeming message to humankind will be confronted with the stark contrast of the Devil’s enticing message. Presented in a point/counterpoint framework, it is hoped this series will be a simulating vehicle for seriously confronting basic issues of faith and stimulating personal spiritual growth, while reaffirming the Good News of the triumph of God’s love and grace.

Schedule updated (as of 2/28/14)

March 9

  • The Parable of the Prodigal Son
  • Luke 15:11-32
  • God’s Advocate: Scott Grotewold
  • The Devil’s Advocate: Jim Shirbroun

March 16

  • The Parable of the Great Feast
  • Luke 14:15-24
  • God’s Acvocate: West Steel
  • The Devil’s Advocate: Melissa Warren

March 23

  • The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids
  • Matthew 25:1-13
  • God’s Advocate: Melissa Warren
  • The Devil’s Advocate: Scott Grotewold

March 30

  • The Parable of the Talents (The Unprofitable Servant)
  • Matthew 25:14-20
  • God’s Advocate: Scott Grotewold
  • The Devil’s Advocate: Melissa Warren
April 6
  • The Parable of the Sower and the Soils
  • Mark 4:1-20
  • God’s Advocate: Melissa Warren
  • The Devil’s Advocate: Jim Shirbroun

April 13

  • The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
  • Mark 12:1-12
  • God’s Advocate: Jim Shirbroun
  • The Devil’s Advocate: Scott Grotewold