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Sharing the Father’s Welcome

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Thanks to blog posts by Keren and Dennis, I learned belatedly that you can read Edmund Clowney’s “Sharing the Father’s Welcome” on Crossway’s website (which is more useful than the link in my earlier post).

I am thankful to have access to this writing, especially because Tim Keller wrote that Dr. Clowney’s teaching influenced his understanding of the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

Also on Crossway’s blog, I found the link to free podcasts of “Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World,” a 18-session lecture series by Clowney and Keller. I had previously listened to the 21-minute introductory podcast and found it very useful in understanding the structure and goal of Tim Keller’s sermons each Sunday.

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October 27, 2008 at 10:43 pm

The Prodigal God

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Rev. Tim Keller’s new book is now available. He explains what is in the book and why he wrote it.

It is an expansion of my sermon on the Prodigal Son parable in Luke 15. Kathy and I have long felt that this was the clearest and best single exposition of the gospel I’ve been able to do over the years. My interpretation of the parable was originally based on a sermon called “Sharing the Father’s Welcome” that I heard preached by Dr. Edmund P. Clowney over 35 years ago. That sermon had a profound impact on how I preached for the rest of my ministry. In some ways the teaching of this sermon is at the very foundation of Redeemer’s ministry.

What’s the book about? It’s about being ‘prodigal.’ The word ‘prodigal’ is an English word that means recklessly extravagant, spending to the point of poverty. The dictionaries tell us that the word can be understood in a more negative or a more positive sense. The more positive meaning is to be lavishly and sacrificially abundant in giving. The more negative sense is to be wasteful and irresponsible in one’s spending. (Some people think prodigal means ‘wayward,’ but there is no dictionary that indicates that the word means ‘immoral.’) The negative sense obviously applies to the actions of the younger brother in the Luke 15 parable. But is there any sense in which God can be called ‘prodigal’? I think so.

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October 27, 2008 at 4:47 pm

The Fellowship of Grace: To Be Called Your Son

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Below are my notes from the Sunday service on October 19 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. The title of the sermon is To Be Called Your Son.

Scripture Reading – Luke 15:11-24 (ESV)

Notes on the Sermon by Rev. Timothy Keller

In The Parable of the Prodigal Son, the theme of sonship is important to understand. First, the father proclaims that “this son of mine was dead and is alive again” (verse 24). What does he mean by that declaration when the son had not physically died. Second, the main topic the younger son talks about after his repentance is the fact that he is “no longer worthy to be called your son” (verses 19 and 21). Therefore, Rev. Keller explores the following four aspects of the meaning of sonship in the ancient culture and the Bible.

  1. The character of sonship
  2. The practice of sonship
  3. The community that results from sonship
  4. The true sonship of Jesus

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October 21, 2008 at 12:15 am

The Fellowship of Grace: Give Me Mine

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Below are my notes from the Sunday service on October 5 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. The current series is examining how the Gospel creates a new kind of community. This sermon introduces the Parable of the Prodigal Son which will be discussed over the next six weeks.

Scripture Reading – Luke 15:11-32 (ESV)

Luke 15:11-32 (ESV), courtesy of http://wordle.net/

Notes on the Sermon by Rev. Timothy Keller

Rev. Keller asks us to think about this familiar parable in a slightly different way. He summarizes the story as a picture of an assault on the community, because of idolatry, which is only overcome by agony. He then touched on the following topics.

  1. What is happening in the story? There is a two-front assault on the integrity of the family.
  2. What is the underlying cause of this assault? An idolatry.
  3. What is the source of this sin of idolatry tearing up the community? A disordered love.
  4. What is the ultimate meaning of life for Christians? Loving relationship enjoyed by the triune God.
  5. There is nothing more beautiful than an infinitely powerful and perfectly happy God who is willing to suffer for our sins.

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October 7, 2008 at 10:32 pm