I attended an Archaeological Society meeting and the topic of prehistoric rock art panels had the potential to be dry, dusty and over my head. The speaker said, “If you know your topic you can talk about it in terms that people can understand.” Jesus often spoke figuratively using parables, which at time confused even His disciples. Jesus was a master at using parables as a tool, but for those of us entrusted with spreading the Gospel, speaking so people can understand is imperative. Jesus’ disciples said to Him, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God” (John 16:29-30 NIV).