Keating writes for lay people who could not be expected to read Scott's writing, the foundation for
Keating's book. These parables, with insights by Keating, explain what it means to hear
Gospel in the culture in which parables were told, with growth and application for the
use of parables by the reader.
Used the parable of "the old, dead tree" in conjunction with the Jesus Prayer and use of
the words "about the size of a mustard seed" to respond to how to respond to insults.
When finished the adult Sunday school group, of about 80 people, instantly responded loudly, in unison, with
"plant seeds," Stunning it was to see the rapid response.
Used the paraple of "yeast in bread" in a conversation among golfers at lunch who
were analyzing a taco salad shell. Explained how applicable was the parable of
anciently derived yeast (old smelly stuff emerging from smelly, damp placements)
in bread was a real change of expectations to the then hearers of the parable.
Then gave Keating's insight that Kingdom goes to where there is corruption.
Used Keating's book in conjunction with Allen's book "Shame" and the Jesus Prayer
to respond to insults. When finished, a group of about 80 people in an
adult Sunday school class responded instantly with "plant seeds."