11 Surprising Parables You’ve Never Heard

December 20, 2011

Banksy's flower thrower is a parable

If Jesus communicated kingdom stories / parables in our context today, what stories would he tell?

This was the question J.R. Briggs posed on Twitter. I would have shared it right away, but this was 11 months ago, while this blog was in remission.

But I loved the question so much, I saved it for future posting, along with J.R.’s own 11 examples. And now, the time has come!

1. The kingdom of God is like a flash mob in the food court of a shopping mall…

2. The kingdom of God is like a kid’s time-release capsule. Put it in hot water and it slowly becomes a dinosaur.

3. The kingdom of God is like a YouTube video made by a student in his dorm room. In 4 days it receives 11 million hits.

4. The kingdom is God is like a woman who bought 2 rabbits. The rabbits bred and within 3 years there were 30,000 of them.

5. The kingdom of God is like a 3D hologram poster. One man stares and immediately sees the image — another man stares all day and sees nothin’.

6. The kingdom of God is like the al Qaeda network setting out to plan a mission for good, not evil.

7. The kingdom of God is like Inception: a complex idea broken down to its simplest form in order to work. Is the top still spinning?

8. The kingdom of God is like a bored eight-year-old girl who sets up a lemonade stand in front of her house on a hot day. In 3 hours she makes $7,000.

9. The kingdom of God is like an immigrant wanting to buy land. The land has crude oil underground. Sells everything. Buys it. Makes billions.

10. The kingdom of God is like a man in a canoe in Florida. The lake seems calm, but an alligator watches motionless nearby.

11. (Okay. One more.) The kingdom of God is like… Double Rainbow Guy

Well, maybe you’ve heard of that last one

What do you think of these? And what parables would you add? The kingdom of God is like…

Update: See my own parable, and the thoughts it spurred: Is God Behind Occupy Wall Street (and We’re Missing It)?

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Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

2 responses to 11 Surprising Parables You’ve Never Heard

  1. The Kingdom is like those anonymous people paying off the Christmas layaways bills of strangers at KMart