David B. Gowler is the Pierce Chair of Religion at Oxford College of Emory University and senior faculty fellow, Center for Ethics, Emory University. He is the author of several books; dozens of articles, book chapters, and book reviews; and is the editor or coeditor of over 30 books. His books on the parables include What are They Saying about the the Parables?The Parables after Jesus, Howard Thurman: Sermons on the Parables.

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'Good trouble': What we see in Jesus' parable of the persistent widow

Art: John Everett Millais' "The Unjust Judge and the Importunate Widow" is almost as intriguing as Jesus' parable on which the image is based: A persistent widow unrelentingly demands justice — just as we should.

Hope and despair in Rembrandt's 'The Good Samaritan'

Review: Interpretations of Rembrandt's etching of "The Good Samaritan" shed light on divergent yet interlocking ways in which human beings respond to difficult circumstances. One response is founded on hope.