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the prodigal son

March 24th, 2004 by Jason · No Comments

I led a discussion this past weekend at a singles retreat (I know, I know, I’m married. Steve said we could be the token married couple) on the parable of the prodigal son (Lk. 15:11-31). I felt very post-modernish about the whole thing. I tried to integrate some of the ideas I leanred from Kimball’s book The Emerging Church which I read a few months back. It talks a lot about getting away from pure information transfer type discussions, to more experiential, relection oriented discussions. So, I decided to have us reflect on how Rembrandt’s painting of the prodigal son I have been reading about the painting over the course of the last year in Henri Nouwen’s book about the painting. I don’t usually reflect on images as a part of worship, but I’ve definitely enjoyed the change and found my imagination sparked. My imagination is normally about as dull as plain rice, but slowly by reflecting on images and reading fantasy (chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, etc.) it’s been coming out of its stupor. Anyhow, I think the discussion went pretty well, though I think I got more out of it than anyone else. I’ve been a Christian quite some time now, but I feel like I’m just starting to grasp this parable. The more I think about the story and the painting the more I want to know this father that runs to meet his wayward son, no questions asked.

Tags: theology