Peter Bradley - Lent 2010
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The Dean of Sheffield, Peter Bradley
An introduction to our Lent gatherings
‘Everything comes in parables’
This year The Dean of Sheffield, Peter Bradley, will lead you on a tour
through the parables of Jesus as together we enter their world, enjoy their
stories and word puzzles, and find in them games that all of us can play.
We will be studying some of the latest scholarship on the parables, and
discussing the new challenges this opens up to us in the Scriptures.
Wednesday 24th February 6.30 pm - Fellowship Meeting & Introduction
The Parable of the Mustard Seed:
And Jesus said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with
what comparison shall we compare it?
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is
less than all the seeds that be in the earth:
But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all
herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may
lodge under the shadow of it.  Mark 4:30–2
Luke 10.30-37
30 Jesus replied, 'A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and
went away, leaving him half dead.
31 Now by chance a priest was going
down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him,
passed by on the other side.
33 But a Samaritan while travelling came
near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.
34 He went to
him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them.
Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took
care of him.
35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the
innkeeper, and said, "Take care of him; and when I come back, I will
repay you whatever more you spend."
36Which of these three, do you
think, was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of the
37 He said, 'The one who showed him mercy.' Jesus said to
him, 'Go and do likewise.'

Mark 9.49-50
49 'For everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good; but if salt has
lost its saltiness, how can you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and
be at peace with one another.'
Wednesday 3rd March 7.30 pm - Tasting the Flavour
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Gospel of Thomas 65-66
He [= Jesus] said, "There was a good man who owned a vineyard. He leased it to tenant
farmers so that they might work it and he might collect the produce from them. He sent his
servant so that the tenants might give him the produce of the vineyard. They seized his
servant and beat him, all but killing him. The servant went back and told his master. The
master said, 'Perhaps he did not recognize them.' He sent another servant. The tenants
beat this one as well. Then the owner sent his son and said, 'Perhaps they will show
respect to my son.' Because the tenants knew that it was he who was the heir to the
vineyard, they seized him and killed him. Let him who has ears hear."
Jesus said: "Show me the stone that the builders have rejected. That one is the
Luke 18.9-14
9 Jesus also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that
they were righteous and regarded others with contempt:
10 ‘Two men
went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-
11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, "God,
I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers,
or even like this tax-collector.
12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all
my income."
13 But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even
look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, "God, be
merciful to me, a sinner!"
14 I tell you, this man went down to his home
justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be
humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

Matthew 13:44
44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a
man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that
he has and buys that field."
Wednesday 10th March 7.30 pm - Spoken and Heard
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Luke 12.16-21  The Rich Fool
16 Then he told them a parable: 'The land of a rich man produced abundantly. " 17 And he
thought to himself, "What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?"
18 Then he
said, "I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all
my grain and my goods.
19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up
for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry."
20 But God said to him, "You fool! This very
night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will
they be?"
21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich
towards God.'
Wednesday 17th March 7.30 pm
Making your mind up, or The Kingdom of Heaven is like Ireland....
Luke 14.16-24  The Great Banquet
16 Then Jesus said to him, 'Someone gave a great dinner and invited
17 At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who
had been invited, "Come; for everything is ready now."
18 But they all
alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, "I have bought a
piece of land, and I must go out and see it; please accept my
19 Another said, "I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am
going to try them out; please accept my apologies."
20 Another said, "I
have just been married, and therefore I cannot come.”
21 So the slave
returned and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house
became angry and said to his slave, "Go out at once into the streets
and lanes of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and
the lame."
22 And the slave said, "Sir, what you ordered has been
done, and there is still room."
23 Then the master said to the slave, "Go
out into the roads and lanes, and compel people to come in, so that my
house may be filled.
24 For I tell you, none of those who were invited will
taste my dinner." '
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Luke 16.1-9  The Dishonest Steward
1 'Then Jesus said to the disciples, 'There was a rich man who had a manager, and
charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property.
2 So he
summoned him and said to him, "What is this that I hear about you? Give me an account
of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer."
3 Then the
manager said to himself, "What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away
from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.
4 I have decided what
to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their
5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, "How much
do you owe my master?,
6 He answered, "A hundred jugs of olive oil." He said to him,
"Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty."
7 Then he asked another, "And how
much do you owe?" He replied, "A hundred containers of wheat." He said to him, "Take
your bill and make it eighty."
8 And his master commended the dishonest manager
because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing
with their own generation than are the children of light.
9And I tell you, make friends for
yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you
into the eternal homes.
The Prodigal
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Wednesday 24th March 7.30 pm
A Family Divided: exile, repentance, reconciliation
Luke 15.11-32  The Parable of the Silly Son / Bovvered Brother/
Disappointed Dad (The Prodigal Son)
11 Then Jesus said, 'There was a man who had two sons. 12 The
younger of them said to his father, "Father, give me the share of the
property that will belong to me." So he divided his property between
13 A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and
travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in
dissolute living.
14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine took
place throughout that country, and he began to be in need.
15 So he
went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who
sent him to his fields to feed the pigs.
16 He would gladly have filled
himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him
17 But when he came to himself he said, "How many of my
father's hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am
dying of hunger!
18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him,
'Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you;
19 I am no longer
worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.' ,
So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his
father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his
arms around him and kissed him.
21 Then the son said to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no
longer worthy to be called your son."
22 But the father said to his slaves, "Quickly, bring out
a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
23 And get the fatted calf and kill it, and; let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine
was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found!" And they began to celebrate.

25 'Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he
heard music and dancing.
26 He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27
He replied, "Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he
has got him back safe and sound."
28 Then he became angry and refused to go in. His
father came out and began to plead with him.
29 But he answered his father, "Listen! For
all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your
command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with
my friends.
30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with
prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!"
31 Then the father said to him, "Son, you are
always with me, and all that is mine is yours.
32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice,
because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been
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