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On fresh readings of violent parables ... especially for preachers

Several people have responded (positively and negatively) to the recent Q & R about violent parables. One of the best resources for dealing with violent depictions of God in Scripture is the amazing website created by Paul Nuechterlein. Just check out this entry:
http://girardianlectionary.net/year_a/proper23a.htm
Rich!
PS - you'll find a helpful introduction to the work of Rene Girard here:
http://www.cbc.ca/ideas/episodes/2011/02/28/the-scapgoat-rene-girards-anthropology-of-violence-and-religion/