The sermon short for June 16th, 2019
Making worthy children
Through the summer we will be joining with St. James and Trinity churches in worship. The three ministers are going to be considering the parables of Jesus. He was always telling stories and shooting off one-liners that would be nonsense to his audience then – and so they should not make sense to us now. What was Jesus thinking when he tossed out these nonsensical words? But they are scripture. We miss their impact when we fail to see the tension between scripture and nonsense.
At Gale we’re going to use this Fathers’ day to take a close look at the Parable of the lost son. Usually called Prodigal Son, this story should be considered a work of genius. He packs a lot into this one. We see Jesus’ skill as a bard, his turning over of conventional perceptions, and the basis of his fresh wisdom – God as gracious and compassionate – not judging and condemning.
This idea of a God of grace is not new to us. But do we live like we really truly believe it?