Here is an outline of my sermon, which I have delivered at the invitation of Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili..
The Gospel As Story
Text: Mark 4:26-34
– Between concept and story – the siren song of modernity, replacing the fascination of story with the dullness and dryness of concept and system; stories are warm, personal and use metaphors to communicate.
– Two kinds of metaphors:
a. war metaphors: battle, cultural war, etc. – typical for the OT and loved by fundamentalists and the political right
b. peace metaphors: salt, light, seed, leaven – favoured by Jesus
Point of the text – The seed metaphor
1. Kingdom as Mystery – organic growth
2. Kingdom as Synergy – a divine-human (theo-anthropic) reality
3. Kingdom as Paradox – weeds and birds; unstoppable growth in the midst of opposition
Invitation to join the divine-human story.