Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: The Explosive Power of Jesus' Parables

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: The Explosive Power of Jesus' Parables

by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: The Explosive Power of Jesus' Parables

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus: The Explosive Power of Jesus' Parables

by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.


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In Tell Me the Stories of Jesus, pastor and theologian R. Albert Mohler Jr. reveals the unique power of Jesus' parables for today's readers, showing how they announce the kingdom, communicate both judgment and grace, and call every human heart toward transformation in the light of God's love.

"He who has ears, let him hear…" The Prodigal Son. The Good Samaritan. The parable of the mustard seed. The stories Jesus told during his earthly ministry are packed with such memorable images and characters that they now permeate our culture's popular imagination. But what if their familiarity has muted their powerful message, causing today's readers to miss their ability to shock and transform?

In Tell Me the Stories of Jesus, renowned pastor and theologian R. Albert Mohler Jr. unlocks the power of Jesus' parables for readers today. Jesus perfected the art of telling parables—short stories with a surprising twist and an explosive message that confronted his listeners with surprising (and often uncomfortable) truths about the human heart and the kingdom of heaven. But two thousand years later, modern readers may not grasp the cultural and historical context that made these stories so compelling for Jesus' original audience. Mohler brings Jesus' stories to life, uncovering the context and allowing readers to hear these stories in all their shocking, paradigm-shifting power.

Readers will

  • feel a deeper connection with Jesus by stepping into the shoes of his first-century followers and hearing with fresh ears the stories he shared with his closest followers;
  • gain a deeper understanding of the gospel through Jesus' own words; and
  • see the parables in a new light, experiencing—perhaps for the first time—their ability to draw people into Jesus' kingdom.

Every parable Jesus told contains judgment and grace. They hold up a mirror that reveals the human heart—and invites everyone to welcome Jesus' kingdom and reign. Will you have ears to hear their vital message?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718099169
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 06/14/2022
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.38(w) x 6.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

R. Albert Mohler Jr. has been called "one of America's most influential evangelicals" (Economist) and the "reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement" ( The president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he writes a popular blog and a regular commentary, available at, and hosts two podcasts: The Briefing and Thinking in Public. He is the author of many books, including We Cannot Be Silent and The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down, and has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and on programs such as NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning America, and PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He and his wife, Mary, live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Why Do You Speak to Them in Parables? 1

Chapter 2 Hearts Ready to Receive the Word 11

Chapter 3 The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness 25

Chapter 4 And Who Is My Neighbor? 35

Chapter 5 Even If One Should Rise from the Dead 47

Chapter 6 Redemption, Rejoicing, and Rejection in Luke 15 61

Chapter 7 What Will He Do to Those Tenants? 79

Chapter 8 Unworthy Guests 95

Chapter 9 When the Son of Man Comes, Will He Find Faith on Earth? 105

Chapter 10 The Exalted Humbled and the Humble Exalted 115

Chapter 11 The Shrewd Sons of This Age 131

Chapter 12 Miserly Fairness Versus Extravagant Grace 141

Chapter 13 Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant 151

Chapter 14 So Also My Heavenly Father Will Do to You 161

Chapter 15 The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like This 173

Chapter 16 When the Son of Man Comes in His Glory 193

Chapter 17 You Know Neither the Day Nor the Hour 203

Acknowledgments 215

Notes 219

About the Author 221

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