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Parables of Parenthood – chapter 8

With the book’s release in 2014, I am going to offer a series of excerpts on this blog. I hope these selections wet your whistle; may you be like my son, Sam, who knows the word, “more”! 

Sam at Union

Before his first birthday, Sam was walking by himself.

As his father, I was thrilled about this relatively early

development of a major milestone: “That’s my boy! Look

at him go!” But my enthusiasm was quickly curtailed by

the realization that his newfound mobility now put him in

harm’s way. Anyone who has ever “child-proofed” a house

knows exactly what I am talking about. Never before had

a simple electrical outlet appeared so sinister, a staircase

an outright death trap. I realize that we are very fortunate,

not only because Sam walked early in life, but because he

is healthy and strong. I wouldn’t have it any other way; yet

these blessings entail a great sense of responsibility too.


Matthew and Luke record a parable that reminds me

of these themes, especially in light of the famous axiom,

“Many are called, but few are chosen” (Mt 22:14). While

we’ll discover some important differences, I think both

Gospels challenge us to understand true strength as mutual

accountability to a larger community, instead of power over

others. Therefore we may have to check our egotistical satisfaction

at our own achievements in order to be a part of

something truly worthy of our best energy–God’s kingdom

on earth.

Copyright Andrew Taylor-Troutman, 2014; Wipf & Stock Publishers

Parables of Parenthood is available at a discounted price by clicking here!

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.


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