Cotton Patch Parables of Liberation

Cotton Patch Parables of Liberation


156 Pages


When Jesus delivered his parables, he lit a stick of dynamite, covered it with a story about everyday life, and then left it with his audience. By the time his hearers fully unwrapped the parable, Jesus and his disciples were long gone. Clarence Jordan essentially retells these powerful parables in the language of the South in order to place modern readers in that same first-century situation. Properly understood, these Cotton Patch stories can liberate us into the kingdom of God from the cultural prisons of religion, wealth, and prejudice.
After Jordan's death in 1969, Bill Lane Doulos took up the task to combine these Cotton Patch Version parables with appropriate excerpts from Jordan's sermons and with his own commentary which does well to pull everything together. In the end, Doulos and Jordan call readers into true discipleship, challenging them to explore the demands of kingdom life on a whole new level.



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Published 01 April 2009
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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Cotton Patch Parables of Liberation By Jordan, Clarence Copyright©1976 by Koinonia Partners ISBN 13: 978-1-60608-533-2 Publication date 2/3/2009 Previously published by Herald Pres s, 1976
Preface to te 2009 Edition
I am deligted tat Clarence Jordan’s rendition of te parables of Jesus still olds compelling interest for many. I wrote tis book at te invitation of Koinonia and particularly of te late Ladon Seats, and I remain grateful for te opportunity tey provided. I am umbled by te role I played in contributing a forum and a linkage for tese parables. Most of all, I am umbled by te parables temselves.Occasionally I am asked if tis small book doesn’t come across to te reader as too “radical” an interpretation of Jesus’ teacings. My reply is, “Not as radical as Jesus’ teacings temselves!” Two tousand years ago, Jesus’parables about te Kingdom of God led im to a cross. We can never over-estimate te explosive power of te trut wrapped up in a familiar story. My personal rendition of te parables is not so muc about tis book as about my life. My disciplesip is a result of te cumulative work of te Holy Spirit molding my contemporary witness. As te parables etc temselves deeper into my soul, I stand as we all do at te mercy of my Lord and Saviour. I ave worked for 35 years—ever since tis book was first written—wit te poor of te San Gabriel Valley in Los Angeles County. his life work constitutes a small offering of devotion. At best I ave mustered only a partial response to te Kingdom of God—wit its radical claims for te urgent surrender of my will to its purpose.
I wrote te first preface to tis book in 1976 wen it was first publised, and te second one for te 25t Anniversary Edition in 2001. Clarence Jordan died in 1969, a few years be-fore my first visit to Koinonia Farm, so I never ad te privi-lege of meeting im. I ave attempted noneteless to weave togeter te tougts of Clarence wit my own, and wit excerpts from te Cotton Patc version (except were oter-wise noted). hese tree interwoven segments of te book are caracterized by different type styles as delineated on page 15. I ope te temes tat emerge from tis somewat disjointed approac are true to te olistic witness of Clarence’s life and teacings, and to te Gospel parables temselves. May we read tis book wit a fres desire to surrender our lives to God.
Bill Lane Doulos San Gabriel, California February 2009