Worship Renewal in a North American Context

Bringing Forth Treasures: A Wise, Old Metaphor for Ministry with a Bright Future

Let a conference on parables take note of Jesus' own capstone teaching on his parables:

“Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” (Matt. 13:52)

“And so it happens that every Scripture scholar who has been disciple to the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a house who can draw out of his treasure chest both new things and old things” (trans. Frederick Dale Bruner, The Churchbook [Eerdmans, vol. 2, 54).

“Once you’ve been taught about the kingdom of heaven by me, you’re going to be like someone who’s been given full authority over an incredibly rich castle. There will be nothing you lack and nothing you’ll ever exhaust the wonder of. . .” (Robert Farrar Capon, Kingdom, Grace, Judgment [Eerdmans, 2002], 142).

So let us reconsider the Symposium on Worship as . . . . . .a treasure hunt.

Presented at the 2009 Calvin Symposium on Worship.

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