I have been listening to Tim Keller’s new book, The Prodigal God, in audio book form and have found myself confronted by the Gospel again. I have to say that Tim Keller has challenged my thinking about the Gospel more than any other minister in the Church.
Keller goes through the historical-cultural context which the original audience would have heard the parable in. He also spends time going through each of the characters, including the Father, who tends to get most neglected. I don’t have ready quotes, but the way he points out Jesus’ greater concern for the morally religious than for the sinners and publicans, puts great meaning to Jesus’s words, “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”