Parables: The Mysteries of God's Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told’

By James.B

By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service

ParablescoverNASHVILLE, TN (ANS - July 27, 2015) -- "There is not a truism so familiar or a doctrine so complex that Jesus could not give it new depth and insight through the telling of a simple story." - John MacArthur.

Releasing October 27, 2015, from Nelson Books, John MacArthur's latest book, "Parables: The Mysteries of God's Kingdom Revealed Through the Stories Jesus Told", is sure to be the quintessential teaching on the Parables since ... well, the Parables!

According to a news release from the Ambassador Advertising Agency in Irvine, California, "Despite the popularity of the parables, both their meaning and the reasons Jesus used them are frequently misunderstood and misrepresented, even by Bible scholars."

Today's Christians are the poorer for it. And as John MacArthur says, "These narratives epitomize the plain, powerful, profundity of Jesus' message and His teaching style."

In his upcoming book, MacArthur reminds us of Matthew 13:10: "The disciples came and said to Him [Jesus}, 'Why do you speak to them in parables?" And Jesus' answer to that question becomes the theme of this book that's sure to be the beginning of a spirited conversation!"

John MacArthur with Bible usePastor-teacher John MacArthur helps us understand Jesus' parables and how they relate to the whole of His message. Jesus was a master storyteller, and the parables He told were ingeniously simple word pictures but with profound spiritual lessons. Understanding the parables is a crucial matter for Christ followers. Jesus told parables so His people would comprehend His message about the kingdom of God.

"Master expositor and Bible commentator John MacArthur has spent a lifetime explaining the Word of God in clear and comprehensible terms. In Parables he helps Christians understand the essential lessons contained in the most famous and influential short stories the world has ever known," added the news release.

The 288-page hardcover book will go on sale for $24.99 from all Christian bookstores and outlets.

About the author:

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, which includes amongst its many members, disability champion, Joni Eareckson Tada, and her husband, Ken. He is also president of the Master's College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the "Grace to You" media ministry. In more than four decades of ministry, MacArthur has written dozens of bestselling books, including The MacArthur Study Bible, The Gospel According to Jesus, and Slave.

Under John's leadership, the Grace Community Church worship services fill the 3,500-seat auditorium to capacity in Sun Valley, California. The emphasis of John MacArthur's ministry is the careful study and verse-by-verse exposition of the Bible for which he's become known the world over.

John and Patricia MacArthurIn 1985, John became president of The Master's College, an accredited, four-year liberal arts Christian college in Santa Clarita, California. In 1986, John founded The Master's Seminary, a graduate school dedicated to training men for full-time pastoral roles and missionary work.

Grace to You is the nonprofit media ministry founded by John MacArthur in 1969. Its flagship radio program is aired over 1,000 times daily throughout the English-speaking world reaching major population centers with biblical truth. It also airs nearly 1,000 times daily in Spanish, reaching 23 countries across Europe and Latin America.

All of John's 3,500 sermons, spanning more than four decades of ministry, are available free on his website at

Since completing his first best-selling book, The Gospel According to Jesus in 1988, John has written nearly 400 books and study guides. The MacArthur Study Bible is available in English, Spanish, Russian, German, French, Portuguese, Italian, Arabic, and Chinese.

This year, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series was completed. In its thirty-three volumes, John takes you detail by detail, verse by verse, through the entire New Testament.

John and his wife, Patricia MacArthur, have been married 52 years, have four married children and enjoy being grandparents to 15 grandchildren.

Photo captions: 1) Book cover. 2) John MacArthur with his Bible. 3) John and Patricia MacArthur, who have been married for 52 years. 4) Norma and Dan Wooding (Photo: Bryan Seltzer).

Norma and Dan Wooding at the Movieguide awards useAbout the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning author, broadcaster and journalist, who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the author of some 45 books and has radio and TV programs based in Orange County, California. Dan has also has reported from all over the world for ANS.

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