In the Gospels Jesus taught primarily by telling stories and asking questions. There were no lectures on theology or five steps to salvation sermons. A parable is a story about seemingly everyday activities or objects: sowing seeds, lost sheep and coins, pestering a judge, rebellious children. But the stories have a deeper spiritual meaning that the hearer must come to on his or her own. This week, we’ll be looking at the very familiar story of the prodigal son to see what application it might have for our own lives and times. There’s more there than you might think.