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Never Lost

Joseph Tkach

Never Lost

It’s one of our worst nightmares. You sit down to work at your computer, but you can’t find your file. But someone else can.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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It’s one of our worst nightmares. You sit down to work at your computer, but you can’t find your file. You are sure you saved it – but where?  You frantically look through your directories, but the file has disappeared.  

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Parable of the Lost Son

The parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) is perhaps better named the parable of the lost son, since it is designed to go with the parables of the lost sheep (verses 3-7) and lost coin (verses 8-10). Some have even called it the parable of the prodigal father, because of the father’s extrav­agance. Even today, after centuries of teaching about God’s grace, the father’s willingness to forgive his runaway son is shockingly generous.

This is Jesus’ longest parable: 22 verses. Let’s go through the parable, noting its story, its organization and its lessons.

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Michael Morrison
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Father's Day

Joseph Tkach

Father's Day

In his parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, Jesus gives us a glimpse into the heart of true fatherhood.

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Joseph Tkach

Joseph Tkach has been president of Grace Communion International since 1995. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Azusa Pacific University. For more information about him, click here.

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For Christians, Fathers Day is not only a time to celebrate fathers and fatherhood, but also a reminder of our heavenly Father’s unconditional love for all his children.

In his parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15, Jesus gives us a glimpse into the heart of true fatherhood. You remember the story. A man had two sons. The younger demanded his share of the inheritance and left home with it, squandering everything in wild living until he was destitute.   Finally…

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The Prodigal God

One of Jesus’ best-loved parables reveals far more about God’s love than we might at first think.

Most Christians are familiar with Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. Some refer to it as the parable of the lost son. It’s found in Luke 15 in the New Testament. This wonderful story has been read by children and adults alike countless times. It never ceases to inspire us—even tug on our heartstrings as the father in the story lovingly accepts his errant son back.

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Ray Anderson: God and the Prodigal Son

Dr. Ray Anderson

Ray Anderson: God and the Prodigal Son

In this extended program, Dr. Anderson talks about relating our lives to God’s reality, what God has become in becoming human, adoption, the parable of the prodigal, our necessary connection with Christ, and the emergent church.

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Ray Anderson

Dr. Ray Anderson was senior professor of theology and ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. He wrote more than 20 books, including An Emergent Theology of Emerging Churches, and Judas and Jesus, Amazing Grace for the Wounded Soul. Dr. Anderson was also a contributing editor for the Journal of Psychology and Theology. He died on June 21, 2009, at the age of 83.

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If you are interested in learning more about Trinitarian theology, check out Grace Communion Seminary. It's accredited, affordable, and 100 percent online.

In the first interview, Dr. Anderson points out the importance of having our theological viewpoint based on God's revelation of himself in Jesus Christ.

See also the interview in which Chris Kettler discusses the ministry and theology of Dr. Anderson.

For an edited transcript of our interviews with Ray Anderson, and the Chris Kettler interview about Dr. Anderson, click here.

JMF: Last time we were together, we were talking about Karl Barth, Thomas Torrance, whom you studied under, and Trinitarian theology and how important that is for the walk of the average Christian.

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