The Prodigal Who Stayed Home

John Wesley preaching John Wesley preaching at a meeting house in Nottingham, England, in 1747. Note that his listeners are separated by gender which was customary at the time.

This coming Sunday (March 14, 2010), I’ll be preaching on Luke 15.1-2, 11-32 which tells the story commonly known as the parable of the prodigal son. My working sermon title is “The Prodigal Who Stayed Home.” The actual lectionary reading is Luke 15.1-3, 11b-32. But I think the revision to 15.1-2, 11-32 is truer to the gospel of Luke while still providing the setting in which Jesus told the parable.