Pastor Tim Keller revitalizes this well-worn parable of the Lost Son(s) by refashioning the perplexities of sin, the illusions of lostness, and the abiding goodness of hope. The good news is truly good solely because of this extravagant spender, uninhibited exhauster, and gracious lover: the Prodigal God. He pursues us, he welcomes us, he unabashedly lavishes us, and he celebrates us. This gratuitous grace is gifted by an extortionate price: the True Elder Brother–Jesus, our God-Man.
In comparison to Henri Nouwen’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son,” Keller is much more theocentric, whereas Nouwen is much more anthropocentric. Despite this, Nouwen felt mystic and emotive: the gravity of the estrangement of lostness governed.