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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Rembrandt's technique sheds light on how parables work

Like Rembrandt's paintings, the parables of Jesus illuminates some things as clear as day. Other aspects become clearer as we learn more and more about the first-century contexts of Jesus and his followers. 

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Artist illuminates Jesus' radical message in the Way of the Cross

Art: Adolfo Pérez Esquivel's "Stations of the Cross" paintings espouse Jesus' program of liberation in their images of oppression in Latin America, showing us how to bridge the gap between Jesus' era and our own.

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'The Mote and the Beam' gives insight into COVID-19 debates

Commentary: Jesus' humorous yet serious warning can be hard to heed as this pandemic is prolonged. It seems the "beams" are in other people's eyes, not ours, and they are blind to both the danger and the solutions.

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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.