Despite its prime location in the heart of Luke's Gospel, the parable of the Shrewd Manager (also known as the parable of the Unjust Steward) is not popular. Many Christians are only even vaguely aware of its existence. While this is not an easy parable to understand, it is certainly worth the effort, because Jesus' teaching here is vital for anyone who considers themselves to be one of His followers.
Church Discipline is not a popular concept in modern Western society, and while stories of church leaders abusing their authority and exercising 'heavy shepherding' are widespread, Church Discipline is either practiced arbitrarily or completely ignored in most local churches. This is primarily due to a misunderstanding of what Church Discipline is for and how it should be carried out. This short study seeks to clarify exactly what Church Discipline is, including looking at its principles, purpose and process as detailed in the Bible.
Thirteen-year-old Montgomery doesn't believe in magic. But then, he'd have said people don't live hundreds of meters below London, yet here they are! And in the Underworld city of Lundarien, they have EIGHT kinds of magic - the ‘Magic Circles'. Here Montgomery meets Jarfin and others, who show him around the vast city caverns and even take him hunting in the Hanging Forest, and he soon feels more at home in the Underworld than back in his apartment on the Surface.