The Kingdom is Like…the Biggest, Tackiest Party Yet Thrown

The Kingdom is Like…the Biggest, Tackiest Party Yet Thrown

Chris Breslin
Luke 15:1-32

“Weary or bitter or bewildered as we may be, God is faithful. He lets us wander so we will know what it means to come home.” –Marilynne Robinson (Home)

“Jesus’s purpose is not to warm our hearts but to shatter our categories.” –Tim Keller

“Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” –Robert Frost

“The father puts no intermediate steps between forgiveness and celebration.” –Robert Farrar Capon

“Forgiveness is the boundary between exclusion and embrace.” –Miroslav Volf

"The Prodigal Goes Forth" by Leslie Emery

“The Prodigal Goes Forth” by Leslie Emery

"The Return of the Prodigal" by Leslie Emery

“The Return of the Prodigal” by Leslie Emery

"The Return of the Prodigal" by Romare Bearden

“The Return of the Prodigal” by Romare Bearden

"Forgiving Father" by Frank Wesley

“Forgiving Father” by Frank Wesley

"The Return of the Prodigal Son" by Rembrandt van Rijn

“The Return of the Prodigal Son” by Rembrandt van Rijn

"Reconciliation" by Margaret Adams Parker

“Reconciliation” by Margaret Adams Parker


Further Parables Reading

Confessions by Augustine of Hippo

The Cross & the Prodigal by Kenneth Bailey

Church Dogmatics (4.1) by Karl Barth

Sowing and Reaping by Emil Bruner

Kingdom, Grace, Judgment by Robert Farrar Capon

The Power of Parable by John Dominic Crossan

Parables of Jesus by Joachim Jeremias

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine

Reading the Parables by Richard Lischer

Kingdom Conspiracy by Scot McKnight

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen

Tell it Slant by Eugene Peterson

Stories with Intent by Klyne Snodgrass

Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf


Exodus 16:1-15

Numbers 11

Romans 8:38-39

2 Cor 5:17-19

Isaiah 25:6-10



Never Set in Stone by Jeff Crawford

You’re Coming Home to Me by Patty Griffin & Julie Miller

Prodigal by Michael Gungor Band

Please Come Home by Dustin Kensrue

Father’s House by Mipso

Parted Ways by Josh Moore

Prodigal Son by the Rolling Stones

Get to the Table on Time by M. Ward


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