Cotton Patch Parables of Liberation

Book, 2001, 156 pp
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With over 35,000 copies of this book in print, this 25th Anniversary Edition has received a new look and a larger format.

Clarence Jordan and Bill Lane Doulos move beyond glib words and familiar interpretations to discover crucial meaning for today. Jesus' parables reveal that religion, wealth, and culture tend to imprison us.

Jesus clothes his most radical ideas in the garb of farmers, merchants, and field hands. The familiar characters in these kingdom dramas disarm Jesus' audience and set them up for his message.

Properly understood, Jesus' parables can liberate us and lead us into the kingdom of God. Our lives can become a fresh incarnation of Christ's nature.

Strong with the flavor of the South, Jordan's Cotton Patch Version of the parables is intertwined with incisive comments from his lectures, sermons, and writings. Doulos provides challenging observations.

Jordan and Doulos call us to true discipleship. They explore the demands of membership in God's kingdom. These are life-changing insights for those who would be faithful.

"Faithful to the radical gospel." --Christian Century

"Jesus' parables of the kingdom come alive through imaginative paraphrase, careful analysis, and searing application." --The Other Side

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