Bring on the stories . . .
One of the most beloved parables in the New Testament is preceded by two others with striking similarities. In Luke 15, Jesus paints three vivid pictures of lost things (a sheep, a coin, and two sons). We know the last parable as the story of the prodigal son, but the truth is, it is a story of not one, but two boys who were distant from their father – one through willful rebellion, and the other through religious self-love.