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The Prodigal God

January 15, 2011

I just started one of Tim Keller’s latest books, The Prodigal God, and it’s one of his best yet. The basis of the book, as the title alludes to, is the parable of the “Prodigal Son” in the book of Luke, chapter 15. Just in the preface and first chapter, I have been blown away by a new understanding of true Christianity. So I’ll offer a few bullet points of what I’ve learned about Jesus’ real intention with this story, in hopes that it will convince you to read it.

1) “The word ‘prodigal’ does not mean ‘wayward’…”
2) The story of the “Prodigal Son” is not primarily about the “prodigal son.”
3) The second son, the good one who stayed home with his father when his brother left, represents the Pharisees (and Christians like them).
4) Jesus “is on the side of neither the irreligious nor the religious, but he singles out religious moralism as a particularly deadly spiritual condition.”
5) “Jesus’s teaching consistently attracted the irreligious while offending the Bible-believing, religious people of his day. However, in the main, our churches do not have this effect. The kind of outsiders Jesus attracted are not attracted to contemporary churches, even our most avant-garde ones.”

(All quotes take from The Prodigal God, Keller, Dutton 2008)

Get the book.

And now a shameless plug for Geico’s ridiculously low car insurance rates…but more importantly I think this commercial is awesome.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Garrett permalink
    January 15, 2011 8:37 pm

    Alright, I’m sold. On the Tim Keller book…Geico is cool, but not that cool.

  2. January 18, 2011 12:45 am

    Gosh I love you.

  3. February 10, 2011 10:32 pm



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