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Monday, June 19, 2017

My Sermon on the Prodigal Son (Really)

While I pontificate every chance I get, I have never sermonized--until yesterday.

Yep, I delivered a sermon for the first time. It was a very unique and enjoyable experience. The reading for the day was Luke 15:11-32--the Prodigal Son. To prepare (which took WAAYYYY longer than I will admit here), I started by consulting Marcus Borg. Most of what you hear in my sermon (especially the 3 act structure of the parable) owes to his insights, information, and analysis.

I never met Professor Borg but I was saddened by his untimely passing back in 2015. Rare is the scholar who can communicate complicated material with clarity and precision. But Marcus Borg did just this and he made it look easy. I am grateful for his example and intellectual legacy.

Anyway....

In putting this sermon together, I came to the conclusion that I can be both the prodigal and the older brother, depending on the situation. So if you have absolutely nothing better to do, give it a listen. If you're an expert on this, however, don't judge. Actually, don't listen. Close your browser and forget that you ever heard my name. It will be better that way...

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