Pastors Dave Harvey and Paul Gilbert address the weighty topic of rebellion and expand the idea of a prodigal to include not only our children, but anyone who’s straying. They remind us that we are all are born wayward and need God’s grace and forgiveness. Harvey and Gilbert give wise advice on loving a prodigal. Harvey and Gilbert remind listeners that even though you’d do anything to see your loved one restored to the right place, the prodigal mindset doesn’t respect the fear or neediness of the person trying to love them. So the offended must exhibit a rugged love that draws boundaries, and must not enable sinful behavior. Harvey and Gilbert explain the indicators that tell when it’s time to release the prodigal and let them go.
Dave Harvey (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the president of Great Commission Collective, a church planting ministry in the US, Canada, and abroad. Dave founded AmICalled.com, pastored for thirty-three years, serves on the board of CCEF, and travels widely across networks and denominations as a popular conference speaker. He is the author of When Sinners Say ‘I Do,’ Am I Called?, and Rescuing Ambition, and a coauthor of Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls. He and his wife, Kimm, have four kids and four grandchildren and live in southwest Florida.
Paul Gilbert is the Lead Pastor of Four Oaks Community Church. Paul has an MDiv and an MA from Reformed Theological Seminary in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family from Florida State University. He has studied extensively on the subject of forgiveness and family systems. Paul currently serves on the board of Am I Called Ministries and lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife, Susan, and their four children.