Prepared for Action: Stories Jesus Told

The English word ‘parable’ comes from the Greek word parabole, which literally means “to place along side.  So, what we have in the parables are stories that compare one thing to another… and in the parables of Jesus they are used to compare some aspect of common everyday life with some reality regarding the Kingdom of God.  

Parables are a common form of storytelling that arise out of real life experiences that are meant to evoke a response… that is, after they sneak up on us.