"The Prodigal Son" is one of Jesus' most well known parables. Perhaps this is because at different times in our lives we play out the parts of both siblings. Sometimes we're the prodigal son who abandons the safety and love of his father's house for the pigsties of our own desires. At other times we're the older brother issuing complaints to whomever will listen, maligning the Father's unconditional love and forgiveness toward rebellious sinners. Both are guilty of not trusting the Father's judgement. Both are guilty of wanting their own way. Both are prodigals.
The only hope for us in either of these conditions is the grace of the Father. A grace that runs out to meet us while we're still a long way off. A grace that throws a party for each and every rebel and Pharisee that comes home. This grace is our only hope and it is a well founded one, rooted in the cross of Christ, where righteousness was won for prodigals of every stripe.
Please consider joining me with our friends Paul Tripp, Steve Brown, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Matt Popovits, David Zahl, Preston Sprinkle, Dr. Scott Keith, Chris Rosebrough and other great speakers at the first CHF Conference: Hope | Grace | God & Prodigals, from February 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. We will be saying this one thing in many different ways: All our Hope is in the Grace of God toward Prodigals. And that is a safe place for it to be.
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2)
As the son of a Pastor, Daniel Emery Price was raised in church and various kinds of Christian ministry in a small town in rural Arkansas. He began writing and performing music in his teen years and was heavily involved in worship ministry before moving to Seattle in his early twenties to pursue a career in music. He later moved to Phoenix and returned to leading worship and took a leadership position in youth/collegiate ministry, before moving back to Arkansas where he helped plant Trinity Church NWAin 2009, and he now serves as Pastor. Daniel lives in Northwest Arkansas with his wife Jessica and their daughter Anna. He is a regular guest on theological radio shows, podcasts, and is a conference speaker. Daniel is a Contributor to Christ Hold Fast and a co-host of the weekly podcasts, 40 Minutes in the Old Testament and 30 Minutes in the New Testament. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Scandalous Stories: A Sort of Commentary on Parables.