Tim Keller uses the story of the Prodigal Son to shine a light on the message of Jesus; grace, hope and salvation.
In The Prodigal God, New York pastor Timothy Keller uses the story of the Prodigal Son to shine a light on the central, beautiful message of Jesus: The gospel of grace, hope and salvation.
Keller argues that the parable of the prodigal son, while Jesus’ best-known parable, is also his least understood. He introduces the reader to all the characters in this timeless story, showing that it concerns not just a wayward son, but also a judgemental older brother and, most importantly, a loving father.
This short but powerful book is a reminder to the faithful, an explanation to the seeker and finally an invitation to all – both older and younger brothers – to enter in to the ‘unique, radical nature of the gospel’: the reckless, spendthrift love of God.
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The People Around Jesus:
"All gathering around to hear him."
Two Kinds of People
Why People Like Jesus but Not the Church
The Two Lost Sons:
There was a man who had two sons."
The Lost Younger Brother
The Younger Brother's Plan
The Lost Elder Brother
"All these years I've been slaving for you."
Two Ways to Find Happiness
Two Lost Sons
A Deeper Understanding of Sin
Both Wrong; Both Loved
"The older brother became angry and refused to go in."
Anger and Superiority
Slavishness and Emptiness
Who Needs to Know This?
The True Elder Brother:
"My son, everything I have is yours."
What We Need
Who We Need
"He set off for a far country."
Our Longing for Home
The Difficulty of Return
The Feast at the End of History
The Feast of the Father:
"He heard music and dancing."
Salvation is Experiential
Salvation is Material
Salvation is Individual
Salvation is Communal
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|Hodder & Stoughton
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virginia. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today Redeemer has nearly six thousand regular attendees at five services, a host of daughter churches, and is planting churches in large cities throughout the world.
It is rare that a book effectively spans an audience of both believers and skeptics, but Keller bridges that gap. For skeptics this is a presentation of the gospel message of human sin and God’s extravagant grace; for believers it is a recounting of a story that never grows old. For skeptics it is an encouragement to be like the younger son by turning to the loving father who welcomes all who come to him; for believers it is a means of examining hearts to see if we have become like the older brother, so secure in our position that we take the Father’s love for granted and even resent it when that love is extended to those whom we feel are less deserving of it.... continue reading
Great fast service. Good company.
This book is a challenging read we are doing it as part of our Home Group with the discussion guide. It challenges preconceptions about the story and raises issues that we need to face and work through if we are to reflect our Christian faith to those outside the church.
A reminder of how wastefully extravagant God the Father is, and just how counter-cultural this parable really is. It is a real challenge to the elder brother aspects in all of us - we can be just as lost as the younger brother and not always realise it. This book helps us to look at our motives as we serve Our Lord and whether we truly love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength and love our neighbour (younger brother) as God calls us to do.
Read it myself and thought it was fantastic. Then bought another copy for a friend who has asked if she'd messed up too much for God to accept her back.