Our Scripture lesson this morning is usually called “the parable of the prodigal son,” but in my mind, a better title would be “the parable of the lost son.” It is one of three parables that Jesus tells in Luke chapter 15—the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin and the parable of the lost son. Each parable has a similar plot. Something is lost, something is found, and then there is a party.
These parables show us the three things about the character of God: 1) God is a God of compassion; 2)
God is a God who loves to party; 3) God is a God of grace. Continue reading The Lost Son–Luke 15:11-32
The open question at the end of the book is “Will Jonah actually change?” The book doesn’t tie things up in a nice tidy bow, but leaves things hanging with a question that must be answered by both Jonah and also ourselves. God asks us, “And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?” Continue reading Under the Gourd Vine
“To be forgiven is only half the gift. The other half is that we also can forgive, restore and liberate.” Marilynne Robinson Continue reading The Gift of Forgiveness
This story was used as a communion meditation for worship at United Reformed Church of Clifton, on Sunday, May 3, … Continue reading Fire in the Hole: A Communion Story from Solitary Confinement
A friend once told me “Your strength is your weakness and your weakness is your strength.” When we depend on … Continue reading Your Strength Is Your Weakness and Your Weakness Is Your Strength–Pam’s Story
When my daughter, Rebekah, was 3 or 4 years old, I used to play a game with her. Snuggled by … Continue reading “Who Loves You?”