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SONG: "Please Come Home" (from Please Come Home)

TOPIC: The Prodigal Son

THEME: A modern-day take on the parable of the prodigal son.

BACKGROUND

Dustin Kensrue, lead singer of the great post-hardcore band Thrice, offers this acoustic solo album, filled with alt-country licks, harmonica, and an uncanny feeling that Dustin has made his case as Johnny Cash’s successor—it’s the best album I’ve heard this year. Topics range from a love song to his wife ("Pistol") to the world’s idea of beauty ("I Knew You Before"), but the majority of the songs deal with Kensrue’s faith. "I Believe" is a powerful admission of faith, and "Blanket of Ghosts" has one of the best lines ever: "My spirit is willing, but my flesh is so weak/I want to kiss your lips, but I kiss your cheek."

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Ask: Does this story sound familiar? Explain. If you were the father in this song, would you wait for your child? Why or why not? Read aloud Luke 15:11-24. Ask: If you’d hit bottom like the lost son, would it be hard to return to your father? Why or why not? What made the son have a change of heart? What did the son do to warrant his father’s open arms? Explain. Based on this song alone, what do you know about the father’s heart? How is that description like or unlike God’s heart? Do you know anyone living life like the son in this song? What argument could you give to encourage that person to reconcile with their loved ones?

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