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If you haven’t noticed that Rob Gray and I have just published a new book – Coming Home then my social marketing skills are not as good as I think.

Here’s a bit of an introduction about what we’ve been up to.  To the right of this post you should be able to see a link to our book which you can preview and then purchase if it grabs you.

This book has come from meditating on one of Jesus’ parable – the tale of two sons. As a pastor my friend Rob has preached from this parable many times. Rob and I shared from it at an Easter Camp for youth a few years ago. We are forming a retreat based on it. More than that though, it has become a story that we can’t shake. It has grabbed us, captured and captivated us and speaking for myself, transformed my spirituality, my faith and my life.

It is the story commonly, but incompletely, known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son, found in Luke 15:11-32.

Here’s a link to a video FB version of the story:

The premise of our book – Coming Home is that there is a gift that all our hearts need and that gift is freely available. It is the gift of unconditional love from our Father to us, his sons and daughters. This is not a gift from our earthly fathers. That would be something that even the best dads simply can’t deliver often enough, consistently enough or freely enough despite the best of intentions. Of course, many dads fall short of even that standard. No, this gift can come from only one source.

Jesus called this source, Father, and, at times, Abba, meaning ‘daddy’ or ‘papa’. It’s a strikingly intimate term. We also note that Jesus, by and large, didn’t engage in heavy theological or philosophical argument. Instead he told stories which we call parables. These stories had a certain flavour. I’ve done a bit of travelling and when you’re a stranger in a strange land you find yourself telling stories of home. Jesus was no different. He told us what his home, the kingdom of God, was like. He told us about his Father and the special relationship he had with him.  There was one difference with Jesus’ stories though. He was telling us that his home was our true home and his Father was our true Father. He was inviting us to come home and that home was coming.

Enjoy the book!  If you like it leave a review.

Grace and Peace

 

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