May 2016 Video, Discussion & a Meal: “The Scandal of the Samaritan” – Jonathan Martin

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  1. Jonathan helps us understand why the story of the “Good Samaritan” would have been considered scandalous, outrageous, even offensive to his Jewish hearers. Why do you think Jesus would have chosen such a provocative character? What do you think his purpose was?
  2. Scandal is defined as “an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage”. How does “Scandal” help us to confront the concept of grace?
  3. Can you make a contemporary parallel to this parable, or another one? Does it make you feel fearful, as Jonathan suggested, to consider contemporary parallels? If so, why?
  4. Jesus gives us a glimpse of the Priest, the Levite, and the Samaritan…when they were “off the clock”…how they handled the interruptions and inconveniences. Do you identify with this “on the clock/off the clock” existence, in relation to God? Your neighbors?
  5. Which character in this story do you identify with most and why? Do you sense any invitation from Jesus as you interact with this story?


This is a delicious one dish meal, light but satisfying, and full of color. Find the recipe for Mediterranean Roasted Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Cannelini beans here.

And, for dessert, stir some fresh, sliced strawberries with sugar. Let them sit and then serve over angelfood cake.

Bon Apétit!

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin

Jonathan Martin is a writer, speaker and dreamer from Charlotte, NC. He holds degrees from Gardner-Webb University, The Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School. He is the author of Prototype: What Happens When You Discover You’re More Like Jesus Than You Think? He is a product of the “Christ-haunted landscape” of the American South, sweaty revivals, and hip-hop. Years before a life of ministry and church planting, his claim to fame was getting his Aquaman, Robin and Wonder Woman action figures saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost at an early age. He loves to talk about the beauty of God, what an extraordinary thing it is to be called God’s beloved, and finding new ways to be human.

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