The Prodigal Son (Part 1)

By Caitlin Pifer
Podcast Episode

In this episode, we look at the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) with a focus on the father, considering the context of the story and the father’s decision to grant the son his wish.  

"It’s fascinating to go through Proverbs and the Psalms and look at the number of references to paths… And Jesus tells his disciples to come follow me. The very first name for the early church was 'The Way.' When Paul describes our relationship with the holy spirit we are 'walking with the spirit.' So there’s a pattern, a kind of a grid…."


"The father is not a steward with his money. His question is not 'how can I preserve and grow my capital?', it's 'how can I be a lover with my money?' ”


"The father’s brilliant because he knows the son’s character. He’s greedy. He’s full of himself. He doesn’t care about the village. He’s the definition of the biblical fool. The father knows the son is going to spend this money. The problem is he can’t get at the son’s heart until the son is broken. The father is actually making a million-dollar investment in his son’s soul."