On February 18-19, 2011, more than 750 people gathered in Anderson, South Carolina at the Boulevard Baptist Church, to hear Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan. Together these two renowned scholars and authors presented “Parables By & About Jesus.” They pointed out that the language we use about faith is critical. The words we select are crucial. It matters very much that our claims about historical Jesus are grounded not only in a sacred text, but also that they are grounded in the stones and on the epitaphs of the first century. Borg and Crossan encouraged participants to understand that to authentically participate in Christian tradition means to take seriously what was going on in the world when historical Jesus resisted the domination system of his own day and encouraged and insisted on non-violent alternatives to the way empire civilizations do business. Their lectures stressed the idea that to claim the tradition is to know the tradition in its history and in its original meanings and contexts. Nobody can do this better with authentic tradition than Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan.