[C]hances are you’ve heard the story of The Prodigal Son. You know, The Younger Brother who hacked off his Older Brother after wasting his inheritance on wine, women, and wild living? If you missed my post,The Prodigal God: Are We Loving or Judging Others, I want to recommend you get The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller. Today I’m beginning a new video series where I personally recommend some of my favorite writing tools, books, movies and creative resources. This is my top book for this year and here’s why…
[I] am only two chapters into The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian church in New York City and my immediate one-word response is: Amazing! Keller reveals the central message of Christianity: God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and moralistic self-righteous.
In short order, Keller informs us that the story of The Prodigal Son should really be called, “The Story of the Two Lost Sons.”
Both the Older Brother and the Younger Brother are lost, but the target of Jesus’ story is not the “tax collectors and sinners” who Jesus eats with. No, Jesus is pointing sharp, outrageous and scandalous words at the religious leaders who sit in judgment of all those younger brother types.