“Go and study these parables, and if you see not their beauty at first, go again and again, gaze at them, ponder upon them, pray over them, until you feel them, then will they impress their lineaments upon your own soul, and be the model of your daily walk and conversation.”—William Bacon Stevens
Stevens delivers a powerful and pragmatic approach to the parables, bridging the moral material with a spiritual perspective. After digging through the cultural background of each parable, Stevens provides a powerful practical and applicable lesson that cuts through the cerebral and applies to modern life.
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William Bacon Stevens (1815–1887), born in Maine, was the bishop in the Episcopal Church for Pennsylvania. He was educated at Phillips Academy and studied medicine at Dartmouth College and the Medical College of South Carolina. After practicing medicine in Georgia for five years, he served as state historian for Georgia and began to study for the priesthood of the Episcopal Church. He was ordained in 1844 and briefly served as a professor of moral philosophy at the University of Georgia. He received his Doctor of Divinity from the University of Pennsylvania and, in 1865, was elected bishop of Pennsylvania, where he served until his death.