The parable of the prodigal son is not about the prodigal son.
Are you ready for joy? I meant to write about fairies, but something else happened…
Jesus told a parable about a son who went away and spent his inheritance. That’s where the name comes from. But the parable is really about the father, first and foremost. And it’s a parable that tells us about the creator of the universe. Video Audio https://archive.org/download/parable-prodigal-son/parable-prodigal-son.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
John Rallison is taking a break. See you in August!
I wrote something I didn’t intend to write. It felt important to me. I post this in the interest of “putting it out there.” Here’s what happened: On most days, I free write for 20 minutes as part of my morning routine. It’s an adaptation of “morning pages” from Julia Cameron’s most excellent book, “The […]
Let’s Talk Politics & Christian Citizenship
Hi there! I want to let you know that I am offline for a little while. Just takin’ a break. My plan is to resume the podcast in August 2018. Until then… Peace to you, John https://archive.org/download/TakingABreak2018/TakingABreak2018.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
14 Days Without Jesus — My “No Jesus” Experiment
From the archive, a sermon from July 2, 2017… Someone said she was feeling a little grrrr thinking about coming to church on the Sunday when PJ said he was going to talk about politics. But after the sermon, she said she was glad to be there. You will be glad to hear this sermon, […]
The Long Road to Bethlehem
During my sabbatical, I took two weeks off from the Christian faith. Here’s how it went. Video Audio https://archive.org/download/MyNoJesusExperimentMP3/MyNoJesusExperimentMP3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Life Lesson From A Sabbath Struggle
It’s a pull-no-punches Advent devotional. If you are looking for the literary equivalent of Precious Moments porcelain figures, you probably should look somewhere else. Advent is a season of repentance and preparation for celebrating the birth of the Christ child. If you want your faith, your view of yourself, and your view of life to […]
I Was Looking on the Floor…
I had a very difficult Sabbath and re-learned some valuable lessons. Video Audio https://archive.org/download/LifeLessonFromASabbathStruggle/LifeLessonfromaSabbathStruggleMP3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
Beginnings, Existential Angst, and You As A Creator
If you are continually frustrated with something in your life, the answer may not be to try harder. You might have to look at it in a different way altogether. Video Audio https://archive.org/download/IWasLookingOnTheFloor/IWasLookingontheFloor.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
You Are God’s Child. You Are God’s Gift to the World.
With a title like this, who needs a description? Video Audio https://archive.org/download/BeginningsExistentialAngstAndYouAsACreator/Beginnings–existential-Angst–and–You-as-a-Creator.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download
In this sermon, Pastor John begins by talking about how to see loss and change with the eyes of faith. Then he reminds us that we are God’s children. Further, each one of us is actually God’s gift to the world. Doesn’t that change your perspective on who you are and what you’re about?? Video […]