Having just finished the book Christless Christianity, I intended to begin reading  God of Promise: Introducing Covenant Theology, also by Michael Horton, but I opted prod-godinstead to start on The Prodigal God by Tim Keller.  I am not finished with the book yet, but I read almost half of it in one sitting.  Haven’t had time to read in the last day or two but hope to pick it up again this evening.  Got to say it is an absolutely stellar read…so rich in  unfolding the reckless grace, the heart of the Father’s forgiveness found in Christ’s parable of the prodigal son, a parable perhaps more accurately referred to as the parable of the two sons.  Keller explores the parable with more a focus on the elder son yet without ignoring the nature of the prodigal son.  He expounds on the prodigal nature of God’s grace, available to both sons, by using the more precise definition of the word ‘prodigal’ – recklessly extravagant, having spent everything.  Too, his explaining of the historical context of the patriarchal nature of the ancient near east makes this parable even more profound.  Nuff said for now.

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