The Prodigal God

The Prodigal God

Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith

eBook - 2008
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Uses the biblical tale of the prodigal son to provide both an introduction to Christianity and a clarifying primer on the nature of the gospel for believers, in a resource that reveals how Jesus's essential message is revealed by the story in ways that can enable greater understandings of the Christian faith.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2008.
ISBN: 9781429549851
1429549858
9781440637896
144063789X
9781429549820
1429549823
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 139 p.)
Contents: Introduction
The parable
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
Redefining sin : "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
Redefining lostness : "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
Redefining hope : "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
Babette's feast.
Summary: Uses the biblical tale of the prodigal son to provide both an introduction to Christianity and a clarifying primer on the nature of the gospel for believers, in a resource that reveals how Jesus's essential message is revealed by the story in ways that can enable greater understandings of the Christian faith.

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Jul 27, 2012

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bestro
Oct 29, 2011

This book made me see the story of the lost son (from the book of Luke in the Bible) in a new light. It seemed a little long at times (even though it is a short book!) but it is well worth the read for anyone who enjoys having their eyes opened to a new perspective on a story you may have thought you already knew everything about!

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