Parable of the Sower Tag

Shortly afterwards, Jesus went on a journey through the towns and villages, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God. With him went the twelve, 2 As well as some women who had been cured of wicked spirits and of infirmities. They were Mary, known as Mary Magdalene (from whom seven demons had been expelled), 3 And Joanna (the wife of Herod’s steward,...

Back in the late 1980s, the comedian (now U.S. Senator) Al Franken created the memorable character of Stuart Smalley, a mock self-help guru with a show called Daily Affirmations. Franken lampooned the self-help craze and affirmation trend of the '80s and early '90s with such classic lines as "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me." The problem that...