The tragedy of slavish obedience and the alternative

Week beginning: 21st May, 2017 | By Ian Miller | London

"The elder brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'"

Luke 15:28-30 (NIV 2011)

What matters most this week is our relationship with God and with our fellow men and women (colleagues, staff, clients, fellow students etc).

Tragically the relationship between the father and the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son was

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