The Parable of the Prodigal Son has been a popular subject of books of late. Both John MacArthur and Tim Keller have tackled this parable in their own fashion and both produced stellar works, each tremendously grand in their own rights.
Keller takes some effective cues from Augustine by looking at the two sons as engaged in idolatry, and helpfully builds the categories of the younger son idolatry of immorality and the older son idolatry of self-righteousness. Both are hard to identify. But when compared to each other in light of the father’s conduct clarity is found.
Sonship is a big theme in Keller’s message, and it is one of the most memorable aspects of this series. In the hands of good preachers, this parable can be a very power picture of the gospel. The audio of the original sermons delivered at Redeemer Presbyterian Church are available.
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In two messages, Don takes us through 5 of our Lord’s parables that teach us how we must wait until he returns: The parable of laborers in the vineyard, the parable of two sons, the parable of the tenants, the parable of the ten virgins, and the parable of the talents.
The lessons of these waiting parables are as follows: Wait for the Lord Jesus as those who do not wish to be surprised at the masters return, as stewards who must give an account of their service, as those who knows the masters coming may be long delayed, as slaves commissioned to improve the masters assets, as people whose lives are transformed by the gospel and they unconsciously serve their brothers and sisters in Christ in selfless ways.
Carson draws some very weighty exhortations that might open some eyes.
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