Each Monday we publish Sunday's Coming, an email-only post on the upcoming readings, written by our current Living by the Word columnist.
Joshua 5:9-12; Psalm 32; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32
Luke 15:1–3, 11b–32
I often worry that churches are too full of people who are not disappointments.
Bear with me here. I love the story of the Prodigal Son. I love the idea that no matter what we do in life, no matter how much we mess up, God will still welcome us when we decide to come home.
It has become almost a cliché for preachers to focus on the older brother of the Prodigal Son. Too often, not even our churches let us be the fallen brother who desperately wants to come home.
Ecology and the eyes of faith
People do not float through life in the bubble that is their skin. We are grounded, dependent beings that live through the lives and deaths of others.
The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi
Reading Amy-Jill Levine's Short Stories by Jesus, I kept wishing she had published it earlier. It would have saved me some mistakes in the pulpit.
What the Prodigal Son story doesn’t mean
The Prodigal Son is often read to mean that God loves sinners, whereas the Jews thought God only loved the righteous. This makes no sense.
Revised Common Lectionary © 1992 the Consultation on Common Texts. Used by permission.
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