Text: Luke 15:1-2; 11-32
Speaker: Joel Miller
This is a parable about a prodigal son. This son requests an early inheritance, goes away and spends it, all of it. He returns home in desperation.
This is a parable about his older brother who stayed home to run the family business. Uncelebrated. And he is unwilling to celebrate the return of his desperate, disgraced brother.
This is a parable about a father. It’s about a father, and his two sons.
This is a parable about a mother and her two very different children. How in the world did these children come from the same mother? So small and precious and then, well, they grow up, don’t they?
This is a parable composed of different generations.
It’s a parable about what we inherit – and not just the property, but the love, the unspoken expectations, the patterns, the scars, that get handed down through the generations. It’s about how we receive all those things. And whether there will be anything of value that passes through us to the next generation.
In this parable, the very different brothers may or may not find a way to live together in peace. The...