Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Understanding the Uniqueness of the Gospel

Tim Keller has written one of the most clarifying books that I have ever read on the heart of Jesus message. It is accessible to someone just beginning to think about the gospel and a clear and thought provoking read for the mature believer. More than an explanation of one of Jesus parables, The Prodigal God is a journey into the subtleties of the human heart making distinctions between religious discipline and worship, prideful self-salvation and true repentance. In speaking of the teaching of the parable Keller says:
"This means that you can rebel against God and be alienated from him either by breking the rules [like the younger son] or by keeping them diligently [like the older son]. It's a shocking message: Careful obedience to God's law may serve as a strategy for rebelling against God."
At approximately 130 small pages it is a quick read that communicates more than most books do in 500 pages. As you can tell, I highly recommend you put this one on the reading list. Thanks to Dave and Nancy Fauth for providing us with this fine reading material.

4 comments:

David Fauth said...

If you don't have the book or if you want futher explaination, Tim Keller spoke about this subject recently.

The link to the mp3 is at: http://media.christpres.org/cpc/audio/2009/Keller_1-28-09.m3u

David Fauth said...

Also a thanks needs to go out to Annie for allowing you to bring books to Iceland.

Annie Garman said...

what in the world, dave?!

hcfischer1 said...

Awesome. Scott will probably read the book and I will probably listen to the podcast :)