July 14, 2019
There are a few bible stories that it seems the whole world knows, whether they are Christian or not. David and Goliath, the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, the 23rd psalm and the Good Samaritan. The trouble for us in the church is, we have heard these stories over and over again. When Jesus told the parable of the Good Samaritan, he told it with a surprise ending. We miss the shock value of the story both because we've heard it so often and we don't always understand the very unfriendly relationship between the Jews and the Samaritans.