The Prodigal God Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith

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  • Copyright: 2008-10-30
  • Publisher: Viking Pr

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The Prayer of Jabezused a little-known story of the Bible to redefine success for Christians. The Prodigal God uses a famous story of the Bible to redefine nothing less than the central Christian message for believers and skeptics alike. Newsweekcalled renowned minister Timothy Keller a C. S. Lewis for the twenty-first century” in a feature on his first book, The Reason for God. In that book, he offered a rational explanation of why we should believe in God. Now, in The Prodigal God, he uses one of the best-known Christian parables to reveal an unexpected message of hope and salvation. The Prodigal Son is the most well-known parable in the Bible. Incredibly, it is also almost universally misunderstood. Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, hidden in plain sight for centuries. Within this parable is the lost message of Jesus—where he outlines just how his followers are supposed to love and accept one another so they can join him in Heaven. With this book, both the devout and skeptics will see Christianity in a whole new way.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

The Parablep. 3
The People Around Jesus: "All gathering around to hear him."p. 7
Two Kinds of Peoplep. 7
Why People Like Jesus but Not the Churchp. 11
The Two Lost Sons: "There was a man who had two sons."p. 17
The Lost Younger Brotherp. 17
The Younger Brother's Planp. 20
The Lost Elder Brotherp. 25
Redefining Sin: "All these years I've been slaving for you."p. 29
Two Ways to Find Happinessp. 29
Two Lost Sonsp. 33
A Deeper Understanding of Sinp. 37
Both Wrong; Both Lovedp. 44
Redefining Lostness: "The older brother became angry and refused to go in."p. 48
Anger and Superiorityp. 48
Slavishness and Emptinessp. 57
Who Needs to Know This?p. 65
The True Elder Brother: "My son, everything I have is yours."p. 73
What We Needp. 73
Who We Needp. 79
Redefining Hope: "He set off for a far country."p. 90
Our Longing for Homep. 90
The Difficulty of Returnp. 98
The Feast at the End of Historyp. 102
The Feast of the Father: "He heard music and dancing."p. 105
Salvation Is Experientialp. 106
Salvation Is Materialp. 110
Salvation Is Individualp. 113
Salvation Is Communalp. 124
Babette's Feastp. 128
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