Scripture: LUKE 15:1-3, 11B-32
More than any other Bible story, I think, I am overwhelmed by this one. As a person and as a Christian, I so hope it’s true and I wonder how it possibly can be. As a preacher, I wonder how to make sense of it, how to approach it, how to let its depths unfold. There is something unbelievably grand and magnificent about it, something beyond my ability to grasp, something that so urgently needs to be said, and something, at the same time, that just doesn’t make any sense at all. We hope against hope that it’s true. And we wonder, at the same time, whether things really can be the way the story says they are.
When I was in seminary, one Sunday morning a minister from Brooklyn, New York came to preach as a guest in the university chapel. His name was Gardner Taylor, and he preached that day on this parable. I don’t remember a si